ALPINE, N.J. -- Happy birthday to Gary Antonian Sheffield, formerly of Alpine.
The agent and retired MLB outfielder was born in Tampa, Fla. on Nov.18, 1968 and turns 48 on Friday.
He bats and throws right-handed and is the nephew of Dwight Gooden, although the two are just four years apart in age.
Sheffield bought a house in Alpine while playing Mets.
He played on Belmont Heights Little League All-Stars in Florida, which included several future MLB players, such as Chicago Cubs Ty Griffin and Derek Bell. The team went to the Little League World Series but lost to Taiwan 4–3.
Sheffield was a first-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1986, right out of Hillsborough High School in Tampa.
He played four seasons with the Brewers before going to the San Diego Padres. He also played with the Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and the New York Mets.
He had a $39 million three-year contract with the Yankees in 2003 and hit his 500th home run while with the 2009 Mets in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. That was his last year of playing MLB.
He and his wife Deleon, a Grammy-winning gospel singer, live in Tampa.