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The Sheffield Manifesto

Exclusive documentation of Gary Sheffield's "conspiracy" inside baseball

"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.
Special thanks to Kurt Snibbe for illustration.