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The Miami Marlins (then the Florida Marlins) won the World Series in 1997. A big reason for that win was Gary Sheffield. Another former Miami Marlin is Mark Buehrle, who was slated to lead the rotation back in 2012. Our writers wondered if anyone would make the Hall of Fame this year. As it turns out, neither was able to get in. The only player to be elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame was Scott Rolen. Rolen was a worthy pick with a career .281/.364/.490 batting line and 70.1 WAR. The Veterans Committee added Fred McGriff.

Gary Sheffield hit .250/.424/.446 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in that 1997 championship season. However, his best season with The Fish came a year ago. In 1996, Sheffield hit .314/.465/.624 with 42 home runs and 120 RBI in 161 games and 519 AB. Overall, he was worth 13.0 WAR during his time with the then-Florida Marlins (he was worth 60.5 for his career). In terms of career totals, he hit .292/.393/.514 and 9,217 AB in 2,576 games with The Fish, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres with the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets.

The problem with Gary Sheffield is his alleged steroid use and reputation for bad attitude (he once deliberately kicked a ball into the stands in protest of an earlier foul). He also has a history of making controversial comments, such as claiming that biracial Derek Jeter “wasn’t really black.” Steroids, a bad reputation and offensive comments mean he’s unlikely to ever be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Mark Buehrle is one of the most reliable starting pitchers of the modern era. During his time with the Chicago White Sox from 2000 to 2011, he posted a 3.83 ERA/4.13 FIP with 5.1 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 390 games and 2,476.2 innings. He was also a key part of the 2005 World Series winning team. Buehrle spent just the 2012 season with the Miami Marlins, posting a 3.74 ERA/4.18 FIP with 5.6 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 in 31 games and 202.1 innings. Buehrle finished his career with the Toronto Blue Jays and overall has a 3.81 ERA/4.11 FIP in 518 games and 3,283.1 career innings for 60.0 WAR.


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