13. Mike Sweeney
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: July 22, 1973 in Orange, CA USA
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 04, 1995
  • Final Game: October 03, 2010
  • Hutch Award - 2007
 
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Mike Sweeney is one of the all-time good guys of the Kansas City Royals in terms of dugout presence, community involvement and just being a quality human being.  More importantly (for this list anyway) he was a pretty solid player.

A five time All Star, Sweeney put up some good solid offensive numbers.  Sweeney would hit at least 20 Home Runs six times and was a .300 hitter five times, finishing as high as .333 where he was 11th in MVP voting.  Sweeney’s overall offensive numbers showed 1,398 Hits, 197 Home Runs with a .299 Batting Average.  His ranking would likely be a little higher if his defensive skills weren’t sub-par.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Catcher, First Base, Designated Hitter
  • Acquired: Selected in the 10th Round of the Amateur Draft 6/31/91.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free Agent by the Oakland Athletics 2/11/08.

  • Games Played: 1282
  • Notable Statistics:

    700 Runs Scored
    1,398 Hits
    297 Doubles
    5 Triples
    197 Home Runs
    837 RBI
    50 Stolen Bases
    .299/.369/.492 Slash Line
    23.2 bWAR

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All Star Game (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2005)

    Most Times Hit by Pitch (2000)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Catcher (1997)

    Most Assists by a First Baseman (2002)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a First Baseman (1972 & 1973)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a First Baseman (1973 & 1974)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a First Baseman (1972 & 1977)

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