Michael John Sweeney (born July 22, 1973) is a former Major League Baseball designated hitter and first baseman. He led the team in average (.300) for the 6th time in his career, doubles (39) and home runs (21), despite playing in just 122 games. He was a platelayer at the docks, a labourer, a miner, a van driver, building site labourer and a computer programmer. In February 2014, the Kansas City Royals announced that they had hired Sweeney as a special assistant to baseball operations. The following day, September 30, Sweeney took the field against the Cleveland Indians in front of 19,104 fans at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. From July 18 to August 13, Sweeney had a hit in 25 consecutive games, collecting 42 hits total. [2008], Debuted at 1st base for the Philadelphia Phillies. After the game, Sweeney and his two children rounded the bases as part of a Sunday home game tradition at Kauffman Stadium called "Sunday Fan Fun Run." The Sweeneys gave the girl the first Life Award, which included gift certificates to salons and massage parlors and a grocery store, a baby stroller, a baby crib and clothes for the baby. Mike Sweeney was born on July 22, 1973 in Orange, California, USA as Michael John Sweeney Jr. [21], Sweeney is known all around Kansas City for being very polite and friendly towards all fans. After considering retirement, Sweeney said he would like to play one more year before retiring.[5]. With the Phillies, he also made the first postseason appearance of his career, going one for one at the plate in the NLDS. Then he spent time talking to reporters, and as always, signed autographs for fans before he left the parking lot. Sweeney missed the next 15 games, five due to a "bruised hand" and the next ten to serve a suspension, his first career suspension (prior to that, he had played in 171 consecutive games). In June 2001, Sweeney hit .392 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI with a .794 slugging percentage and was named the American League Player of the Month for the only time in his career. He has been married to Shara Nettles since November 9, 2002. He tied a club record with two hits in an inning versus the Oakland A's on May 31, 1998. [20], He was named the 2003 and 2004 Good Guy in Sports by the Sporting News. Barratt, Ro (2007-01-24) "Why homelife is about to go downhill for top DJ Mike"; Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Mike Sweeney Still Walking Down The Line", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mike_Sweeney_(DJ)&oldid=954789194, Articles with dead external links from April 2020, Articles with permanently dead external links, BLP articles lacking sources from June 2010, Articles with unsourced statements from June 2015, Wikipedia articles in need of updating from August 2015, All Wikipedia articles in need of updating, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2013, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 May 2020, at 09:30. Sweeney's teammates did not deny his comments. He was named The Variety Children's Charity Radio Industry Legend in 2012. That year, the Royals made the postseason for the first time in 29 years. The baseball field, once used to sell drugs, is now called Sweeney Family Field. Other Works invites area charity and non-profit groups to attend Royals games as part of the "Sween Team". Sweeney still sings with the Salford Jets and with two other groups, the Mindbenders and the Swinging Blue Jeans. View Full Background Info View Full Background Info. With this new position, my goal is do as much as I can to help the Royals get back to being one of the prized organizations in baseball, as it was in the 1980s. 's Sweeney relate to teammates, Too good to be true? Sweeney's first at bat was interrupted by a standing ovation. He was a platelayer at the docks, a labourer, a miner, a van driver, building site labourer and a computer programmer. Sweeney said he challenged anyone who said Griffey was asleep "to stand up and fight me", however, Griffey did not deny it.[12]. He has been married to Shara Nettles since November 9, 2002. [needs update][4], On TV, Sweeney's Elvis Has Just Left the Building is still showing on Sky's Men & Motors. Sweeney was not expected to make the team at the start of spring training but hit over .500 in exhibition games to beat out Garko. He joined Jermaine Dye to become the first pair of Royals to go to the Mid-Summer Classic since 1989 (Bo Jackson and Mark Gubicza). community while a member of the Royals. [3] They are working on an EP titled Walking Down the Line, which will be released in 2013. [citation needed] He performed in a local band, the Salford Jets, as a singer and songwriter in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They have two children. Sweeney made his major league debut on September 14, 1995 as a catcher. Baker had gone eight perfect innings before he walked Royals catcher John Buck at the beginning of the ninth. Mac used to be with the group DC Talk. But as with many professional athletes, when he entered retirement, the sudden shift in lifestyle brought new opportunities and new problems -- especially in his marriage to wife Shara. Sweeney was offended and launched his batting helmet at Weaver while charging the pitcher's mound. On May 3, 2009, Sweeney hit his first home run as a Mariner and 200th of his career in the 4th inning at Safeco Field against the Oakland Athletics. Official Sites. Mike lives in Dobcross with his wife Viv, who he calls “my soulmate” and daughter Niamh, who is “incredible”. In 2010, Sweeney spoke to the National Catholic Register about his Catholic faith.[25]. Sweeney was drafted by the Royals as a catcher out of Ontario High School (Ontario, California) in the 10th round (262nd overall) of the 1991 MLB draft. Sweeney is a devout Catholic and has appeared on EWTN's Life on the Rock, a program targeted towards young Christians. When Giambi showed reluctance, they gave the job to Sweeney, who responded by posting the highest fielding percentage by a regular first baseman in more than 20 years. He eventually tackled Weaver, igniting a bench-clearing brawl. (September 9) Released by the Oakland Athletics. He also presented the Manchester United Debate Show on Channel M from 2007 to 2009 and a classic car series for Sky in 2000. On March 30 the Mariners placed reserve 1st baseman/corner outfielder Ryan Garko on waivers, clearing room on the 25-man roster for Sweeney. Michael Thomas "Mike" Sweeney (born 15 September 1947 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England) is a broadcaster and radio DJ, Sweeney attended Mount Carmel School in Salford, after which he worked at Associated Electrical Industries in Trafford Park. [citation needed], Sweeney has won two New York Radio awards, a Sony in 2002 and Guardian Media Group's Presenter of the Year in 2009. He worked prime time slots on the station from 1981 into the late 1990s while branching out into interviewing, sports reportage and documentaries. It is awarded annually in Seattle in January. A fluent speaker of Spanish,[19] Sweeney was very active in the K.C. They have three sons and three daughters, Michael, Donovan, Ryan, McKara, Fiona, and … [13] He threw out the first pitch of the 2011 season for the Kansas City Royals on opening day. Sweeney was ejected in a game versus the Detroit Tigers on August 10 (1st career ejection) after charging pitcher Jeff Weaver in the sixth inning. He had a chance of winning the A.L. [1], Sweeney and his wife have lived in Uppermill since 1997.[2]. His acoustic duo, Mike Sweeney and Paddy O'Hare launched in 2012. Sweeney was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career on July 26, 2002 (retroactive to July 14) with a lower back and hip strain. The 25-game hitting streak is tied for third longest in Royals history with George Brett's 25-game streak in 1983, trailing only Brett's 30-game streak in 1980 and José Offerman's 27-game streak in 1998. Sweeney is also the advisory chairman of the Catholic Athletes for Christ and spokesman for Life Teen, the largest Catholic youth ministry program in the United States. [3], This article is about the British broadcaster. He now works as a special assistant for the Kansas City Royals. He teams up annually with former Kansas City Chiefs' running back Tony Richardson to host the Sweeney-Richardson Golf Classic, which benefits a faith-based outreach program and

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