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Gary Sheffield retires from baseball

Updated: February 17, 2011, 12:14 PM ET
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Gary Sheffield, who last played in the majors with the New York Mets in 2009, told the New York Post that he called the Major League Baseball Players Association on Wednesday and officially retired.

"I wanted to retire after I played for the Mets," Sheffield told the newspaper. "My family said wait one year, that there was no need to rush it. I gave it a year and now it's time to say goodbye."

Sheffield finishes his career with 509 home runs, 1,676 RBIs and a .292 career batting ...

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