Sheffield: Boras a 'bad person,' seeks money he doesn't deserve

Posted: February 22, 2008

Detroit Tigers slugger Gary Sheffield called Scott Boras, his former agent, a "bad person" in part for going after money the All-Star says he doesn't deserve.

The Tigers designated hitter has said he represented himself in negotiating a $39 million, 3-year contract with the Yankees in 2003. Boras has said Sheffield agreed to let him represent him when his contract with Atlanta ran out and filed paperwork seeking 5 percent of the $39 million.

Sheffield vowed to say a lot of "ugly things" about various topics when the case is resolved.

Boras declined to escalate the situation.

Sheffield described his experience as one of Boras' clients as "total hell."

"I shouldn't have ever introduced myself to him. Period. Bad person," Sheffield said.

Noteworthy

* Former Phillies star Lenny Dykstra said he's looking forward to fighting a lawsuit brought by an accounting firm that claims he owes at least $111,000.

"Did they actually think I would pay that much for a tax return? That's insane," Dykstra said.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's U.S. District Court, claims Dykstra failed to pay DDK & Co. LLP, of Manhattan, for accounting and tax work done last year. The company says a bill for $111,097 was sent last June to Dykstra and his wife.

"I looked at that. I laughed," said Dykstra, who played for the Phillies and Mets during a 12-year career.

* Outfielder Manny Ramirez is so happy to be with the Red Sox he wants to finish his career with them, though he is not asking the team to pick up his option for 2009.

"I want to stay here, but it's up to them if they want to bring me," Ramirez said. "But if they don't want to bring me back, that's fine. I know I'll be a free agent after '08, so that's another thing that I'm looking forward [to]."

He is entering the final season of his 8-year, $160 million contract. The team has options for 2009 and 2010 of $20 million each.

* Barry Bonds seized on a pair of typos, complaining in court papers in San Francisco that the government's mistakes could compromise his chances for a fair trial. The typographical errors showed up in a recent filing by prosecutors wrongly accusing Bonds of flunking a drug test in 2001. They later admitted they instead meant 2000, but some media outlets already had reported that the government had procured new evidence proving Bonds had lied.

* The Florida Marlins moved a step closer to getting their long-awaited ballpark, when Miami city commissioners and Miami-Dade County commmissioners, in separate votes, gave their OK to a $515 million, 37,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof that would open for the 2011 season.

Among the opponents to the project, part of a downtown revitalization, is former Eagles owner Norman Braman, an area auto dealer, who claims a redirection of redevelopment funds without voter approval is unconstitutional. *

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