Mike Sweeney is a former designated hitter, first baseman, and catcher in the MLB. Sweeney now serves as a special assistant for the Kansas City Royals. The Royals selected Sweeney right out of high school in the 10th round as the 262nd overall pick in the 1991 MLB Draft. On September 14, 1995, Sweeney made his major league debut as a catcher. Sweeney hit his first home run, which was a three run homer, on August 12, 1996. Sweeney began the 1998 playing in his first Opening Day game. He spent 13 seasons with the Royals where he was a 5x All-Star and captain from 2003- 07. Sweeney signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics on February 10, 2008. Sweeney was released from the A’s on September 9, 2008 after he had a brief return from the disabled list. Sweeney considered retirement, but wanted to play one more year before making it official. Sweeney signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners in 2009 and resigned in 2010. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies where he spent the remainder of the 2010 season.
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