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Sheffield vows to keep playing

Tigers looking for versatility by releasing slugger one HR shy of 500

Updated: March 31, 2009, 1:19 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Gary Sheffield left Joker Marchant Stadium, the Detroit Tigers' spring training home, swiftly and quietly Tuesday morning, one home run short of 500 and now without a team. The Tigers released Sheffield, 40, in part because he hit .178 this spring but mostly to make their team more versatile.

"He was professional,'' Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said. "He shook our hands and thanked us.''

Sheffield vowed to find another team, not just to get to 500 home runs, but because he still wants ...

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