The Detroit Tigers have released Gary Sheffield today, just one home run shy of a hallowed milestone.
Sheffield was hoping to become just the 25th member of the 500 home run club.
It is a feat which once automically enshrined a player in Cooperstown before the backlash of the steroid era.
A fiery competitor who is menacing with a bat in his hand, Sheffield was one of the league's most dangerous hitters for well over a decade.
It is uncertain what logo Sheffield will have displayed on his helmet when he jogs the bases for the 500th time.
However, there is a part of me that hopes it is with the Cleveland Indians on April 16.
What better way to kick off the legacy of the new Yankee Stadium than with a milestone home run in its first regular season game?
It would be interesting to see how an abuser of performance enhancing drugs would be received in Yankee Stadium after reaching a respected power landmark.
Sheffield could perhaps help to foreshadow the reaction of Yankee fans on the day Alex Rodriguez hits No. 763.
I'm sorry, but i couldn't resist.