Sheffield: Torre Discriminates

Slugger claims Yankee skipper favors whites over blacks—but says manager isn't a racist
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2007 12:32 PM CDT
Sheffield: Torre Discriminates
Outfielder Gary Sheffield, right, and Yankees' manager Joe Torre, left, shake hands after Sheffield was introduced as the newest Yankee during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in this Dec. 17, 2003 file photo in New York. Sheffield had an idyllic view of the Yankees when he joined the team before...   (Associated Press)

Yankee manager Joe Torre favors his white players over their black teammates, Gary Sheffield says, but the outspoken outfielder says he doesn't consider his ex-skipper a racist. "I think it's the way they do things around there," the current Detroit slugger tells HBO in an interview set to air next week.

Of his 2004-06 stint with the team, Sheffield says, "The couple of blacks that were there, every one of them had an issue with the organization." Torre tells the AP: "I just don't even want to answer those types of questions." And ABC News quotes a reporter for corporate sibling ESPN with an important reminder: Sheffield just published a tell-all book. (More Gary Sheffield stories.)

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