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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Phillies acquire Mike Sweeney

The Phillies today acquired first baseman and former Blue Rock Mike Sweeney from Seattle for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Sweeney, 37, was batting .263 with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 30 games for the Mariners this season, including three starts at first base. Sweeney has had two stints on the disabled list this season with back inflammation/spasms. Most recently, he was on a rehabilitation assignment with triple-A Tacoma, where, in 12 games, he hit .366 (15-41) with two home runs and nine RBIs.

Sweeney, then a catcher, played 99 games for the Blue Rocks in 1995, hitting .310 with 18 home runs.

A five-time American League All-Star, Sweeney has hit at least 20 home runs in six seasons, including 29 in back-to-back seasons (2000-01). He has made 570 career starts at first base.

Thanks to Andrew Tiges.

Repoz Posted: August 04, 2010 at 08:57 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jingoist Posted: August 04, 2010 at 09:59 PM (#3608453)
I saw Howard turn his ankle on the ESPN lowlights the other day; that was one gruesome injury.
I guess Sweeney can fill in until Howard returns and from the video it may be a long tome before Mr Howard is 100%.
Good luck to Howard and Sweeney both; I always liked Sweeney; he seems to be a level headed guy the few times I remember him speaking to the media.
   2. steagles Posted: August 04, 2010 at 10:03 PM (#3608458)
which sweeney is this again? i know there was one that hit 74 HRs for the royals, but i also know there was another who kinda sucked for the dodgers and giants.
   3. Davo Dozier Posted: August 04, 2010 at 10:05 PM (#3608462)
He's played 16 years and has never been to the postseason...so let's go Phils!

Also, this is pointless but entertaining:

Ryan Howard since May 13: .294/.365/.561/ .926 OPS
Mike Sweeney since May 13: .308/.361/.615/ .976 OPS
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 04, 2010 at 10:09 PM (#3608468)
I guess Mayberry, Jr. goes right back down to the Iron Pigs. Hello, Ross Gload/Mike Sweeney platoon.
   5. chisoxcollector Posted: August 05, 2010 at 01:25 AM (#3608736)
He's played 16 years and has never been to the postseason...so let's go Phils!


Rick Sutcliffe is a genius. He is calling the White Sox/Tigers game. When they mentioned the Sweeney trade, Sutcliffe raved about Sweeney's playoff experience, and how it will help the Phils down the stretch.
   6. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: August 05, 2010 at 01:52 AM (#3608755)
Rick Sutcliffe is a genius. He is calling the White Sox/Tigers game. When they mentioned the Sweeney trade, Sutcliffe raved about Sweeney's playoff experience, and how it will help the Phils down the stretch.

He helped the Royals stave off relegation several times. Those were some intense games.
   7. Chris Fluit Posted: August 05, 2010 at 03:23 AM (#3608816)
which sweeney is this again? i know there was one that hit 74 HRs for the royals, but i also know there was another who kinda sucked for the dodgers and giants.

In case this was a serious question and not snark: The Phillies acquired Mike Sweeney, the former Royals captain and 5-time All-Star. You're thinking of Mark Sweeney who played for the Giants, Dodgers, Padres, Rockies and a few teams not in the NL West.
   8. JJ1986 Posted: August 05, 2010 at 03:28 AM (#3608820)
Mark never played in the AL. That's got to be rare for a guy with so many teams in this day and age.
   9. McCoy Posted: August 05, 2010 at 03:40 AM (#3608825)
Back when I lived in Philly this would have been a great pick up. Hell, Mike Sweeney now is still probably better than Rico Brogna and Travis Lee were back then.

I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Mike Sweeney. He helped me win my fantasy league the first year I played. The three players I'll always remember because of that are Phil Nevin, Mike Sweeney, and Ben Davis. In 1999 those guys rocked and they all got counted as catchers to boot. It was awesome.
   10. Davo Dozier Posted: August 05, 2010 at 04:34 AM (#3608855)
Interesting: The 4 active players who've appeared in the most games without a postseason appearance are

1. Randy Winn (StL)
2. Michael Young (Tex)
3. Mike Sweeney (Phi)
4. Aubrey Huff (SFG)

And there's an outside chance that all 4 of them could break their streaks this year.
   11. smileyy Posted: August 05, 2010 at 05:00 AM (#3608861)
On [8], who has playeed for the most teams without crossing league boundaries?
   12. Davo Dozier Posted: August 05, 2010 at 05:16 AM (#3608864)
For 11: Per BBRef, 4 players played on 8 separate teams, all in the same league:

1) Chris Jones. I have never heard of him. Was on the expansion Rockies and expansion Diamondbacks, which must be unusual.
2) Lenny Harris. Pinch-hitting specialist, naturally stuck with NL teams.
3) Juan Beniquez. Only one who did this with 8 AL teams. Probably most well-known for being the 4th outfielder on the '75 Red Sox.
4) Gary Bennett. Back-up catcher. Was named in the Mitchell Report.
   13. Don Lock Posted: August 05, 2010 at 04:02 PM (#3609072)
Is this the Mike Sweeney who was going to fight his teammates for talking to the press about Junior Griffey napping during games? A great addition to team chemistry.

I predict he will do very well in Philly. The press there is well mannered and doesn't intrude on players' sleeping habits.
   14. Philippe Posted: August 05, 2010 at 04:10 PM (#3609075)
Over/Under on suffering another back injury when he plays the field: 5 games.
   15. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 05, 2010 at 04:25 PM (#3609088)
Over/Under on suffering another back injury when he plays the field: 5 games.

If the Phils platoon him with Gload, maybe he will last until Howard is back.

#13, one goofy incident does not a clubhouse cancer make. Sweeney has been well regarded as a teammate from everything I've heard, including right in the beginning (I lived in KC then). I don't think any of this batch of Phillies sleeps in the clubhouse. If Old Man Moyer runs to and from the mound and dashes over to the grandstand on foul pops just in case the Pete Rose thing is needed, I doubt anyone would be that stupid to nap. Except maybe Victorino but he's too amped up all the time to nap anyway.
   16. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: August 05, 2010 at 04:32 PM (#3609094)
Is this the Mike Sweeney who was going to fight his teammates for talking to the press about Junior Griffey napping during games? A great addition to team chemistry.

If my team were losing as much as the 2010 Mariners, I'd be ornery, too. And I'm well known for my delightful personality.
   17. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 05, 2010 at 04:43 PM (#3609106)
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2010 at 04:52 PM (#3609115)

Over/Under on suffering another back injury when he plays the field: 5 games.


Him or someone else on the field? He is a butcher on the field. And I am basing that of off what I saw five years ago. I can't imagine he has improved since then. I'd say the odds of him taking out Jayson Werth are pretty good.

Anyway, it would be kinda cool to see Sweeney get a PH playoff home run. He kinda got more criticism than he deserved in KC when frankly, he's one of the best players in franchise history.

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