The Sheffield Manifesto
"Once they see the tape, and they still suspend me, then we're going to talk about this conspiracy that's going on. If it ain't no conspiracy, then I shouldn't be suspended at all."
-- Detroit Tigers designated hitter Gary Sheffield, on the eve of his June 2 three-game MLB suspension for confronting an umpire.
"I called it years ago. What I called is that you're going to see more black faces, but there ain't no English going to be coming out. ... [It's about] being able to tell [Latin players] what to do -- being able to control them."
-- Sheffield, in the current issue of GQ, on the declining percentage of African-Americans playing in the majors.
THE SHEFFIELD MANIFESTO: Part II