Dodgers: Ranking the Top 5 left fielders in franchise history

VERO BEACH, FL - CIRCA 1977: (L-R) Dusty Baker #12, Steve Garvey #6, Reggie Smith #8 and Ron Cey #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses together for this portrait during Major League Baseball spring training circa 1977 at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Florida. The number at the end of each bat displays the amount of home runs each player hit the previous season. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
VERO BEACH, FL - CIRCA 1977: (L-R) Dusty Baker #12, Steve Garvey #6, Reggie Smith #8 and Ron Cey #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses together for this portrait during Major League Baseball spring training circa 1977 at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Florida. The number at the end of each bat displays the amount of home runs each player hit the previous season. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Gary Sheffield warms up during batting practice (Photo by RHONA WISE / AFP) (Photo by RHONA WISE/AFP via Getty Images) /

Best Dodgers left fielders: 4) Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield is arguably the most talented and consistent hitter to ever play left field for the Dodgers.

Sheffield was already a star in Florida when he came to Los Angeles (along with defensive standout Charles Johnson and living meme Bobby Bonilla) in the blockbuster trade that sent Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile to the Marlins. Despite making the move from right to left field, Sheff had a monster finish to his first season in LA, hitting .316 with 16 bombs in just 90 games.

He remained an offensive force for his remaining three seasons with the team, hitting as many as 43 homers (a career high) all while walking considerably more than he struck out.

Sheffield was named to two consecutive All-Star games and finished top-10 in MVP voting in 2000, but was shipped to Atlanta in the Brian Jordan trade following another strong campaign in 2001.

There’s no denying that Sheffield was one of the most dominant hitters of the 90’s and early 2000’s, but his relatively short Dodger tenure, steroid allegations, and character concerns prevent him from being higher on this list.

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