|When Sheffield reported to Spring Training this week, he received a warm welcome from his teammates — and a little gift in the form of peace of mind from Brian Cashman. Cash let Sheffield know that the Yankees were pleased with his performance and would be exercising the option on Sheff’s contract for 2007, barring any unforeseen injuries. Sheff has played very well in the Bronx despite injuries plaguing his shoulder, thigh, knees and thumb, and spent the winter “recovering” (AKA vacationing across the globe).
Besides the befefits of money and security, the contract extension is great news for Sheff's career stats, as it makes hitting the 500 home run mark all the more possible. He currently has 449, just 51 shy of the benchmark, and after hitting 36 and 34 in the 2004 and 2005 seasons respectively, I see no reason for Sheff to fall short. Interestingly, A-Rod’s home run count is up to 429 and could very well hit his 500th in the same season as his teammate. 2007 could prove to be quite the home run derby…
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