Surely one of both of these men cannot possibly suffer the first-ever blow to their reputations? From the Detroit News’ Tom Gage :

Still embroiled in a lawsuit with his former agent, Scott Boras, Tigers designated hitter Gary Sheffield verbally launched into Boras on Thursday before the team’s spring-training workout.

Prompting the outburst is the fact that Sheffield will miss one of the Tigers’ early exhibition games because of matters involved in the suit that dates back to 2004.

“If you need money that bad, all you have to do is say, ‘Can I please have it? I need it.’ I’ll give you some,” Sheffield said of Boras, who told the Associated Press, “I’m not going to comment on Gary Sheffield.”

“It’s probably personal with him, but when it’s done, it’s going to be personal with me,” Sheffield said. “It’s going to be the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen.

“Certain people you don’t mess with and I guarantee you, I’m one of them.”

Sheffield stopped short of saying he would advise young players not to sign with Boras, who also represented Alex Rodriguez before Rodriguez negotiated his own contract with the Yankees this winter.

“I’m not going to get into that,” said Sheffield. “You have to do whatever you feel is best for you. But my experience was total hell. I should never have introduced myself to him. He’s a bad person.”