Mike Sweeney


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Mike Sweeney Baseball Player and Catholic Speaker

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Mike Sweeney is an all-American baseball player who is committed to his Catholic Faith. Mike Sweeney is known for his strong Catholic faith and has been very open about his religious beliefs throughout his career. He is married to Shara Sweeney, and they have five children. His reputation as a dedicated family man and community leader has only added to his legacy as one of the most respected figures in baseball.

Early Life and Amateur Career

Mike Sweeney was born in Orange, California, and grew up in Ontario, California. He attended Ontario High School, where he excelled in both baseball and football. His baseball talents were evident early on, and he quickly became a standout player. Sweeney was drafted straight out of high school by the Kansas City Royals in the 10th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.

Minor League Journey

Sweeney's journey through the minor leagues was marked by consistent improvement and dedication. He spent several years honing his skills in the Royals' farm system, playing for teams such as the Gulf Coast Royals, Appleton Foxes, Wilmington Blue Rocks, and Wichita Wranglers. His hard work paid off, and he was called up to the major leagues in 1995.

Major League Career

Kansas City Royals (1995-2007):

Sweeney made his MLB debut on September 4, 1995. Initially a catcher, he transitioned to first base and designated hitter due to his offensive prowess and to minimize the physical toll on his body. Sweeney's breakout season came in 1999 when he hit .322 with 22 home runs and 102 RBIs, earning his first of five All-Star selections (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003).

Throughout his tenure with the Royals, Sweeney became known for his powerful hitting and leadership both on and off the field. He was one of the few bright spots for the Royals during a period of overall team struggles. His best season came in 2000 when he batted .333 with 29 home runs and 144 RBIs, finishing second in the American League in RBIs.

Seattle Mariners (2009-2010):

After leaving the Royals, Sweeney signed with the Seattle Mariners. Though his time in Seattle was brief and hampered by injuries, he provided veteran leadership and contributed when healthy.

Philadelphia Phillies (2010):

Sweeney was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2010 season, where he played a minor role in the team’s push to the postseason. His stint with the Phillies marked the end of his MLB playing career.

Career Statistics

  • Batting Average: .297
  • Home Runs: 215
  • Runs Batted In (RBIs): 909
  • Hits: 1,540

Post-Playing Career

After retiring as a player, Sweeney remained active in baseball. He has served as a special assistant to the general manager for the Kansas City Royals, focusing on player development and mentoring young players. Additionally, Sweeney has been involved in various charitable activities, including the Mike and Shara Sweeney Family Foundation, which supports several philanthropic causes.



Mike Sweeney’s legacy in baseball is marked by his exceptional hitting, leadership, and integrity both on and off the field. He is remembered fondly by Royals fans and respected throughout the baseball community for his contributions to the game and his positive influence beyond it.

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