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Mark Sweeney

Mark Sweeney


Mark Sweeney Biography from MLB.com

12-year ML veteran has established himself as valuable role player, while excelling as pinch-hitter...in fact, is tied with Dave Hansen for fifth all-time with 139 career pinch-hits...only players with more pinch-hits in ML history are Lenny Harris (212), Manny Mota (150) Smokey Burgess (145) and Greg Gross (143)...lifetime .265 hitter (139-for-525) off bench leads all active players in pinch hits, pinch-HRs (13) and pinch-RBI (88)...has produced in clutch situations during career, batting .282 (123-for-436) with RISP...originally ninth round pick of California Angels in 1991 draft, has played in 1,014 ML contests with St. Louis (1995-97), San Diego (1997-98, 2002 and 2005), Cincinnati (1999), Milwaukee (2000-01), Colorado (2003-04) and San Francisco (2006)...is one of five players in Padres history to have logged 3 stints with club. Graduated from Holliston (Mass) High School...was finalist for 1991 Golden Spikes Award, given annually to top player in collegiate baseball, as senior at University of Maine...batted .384 with 23 HRs, 80 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 65 games...graduated with business degree...single.

Postseason:
Has compiled impressive postseason resume, batting .357 (5-for-14) with 2B and RBI in 17 career playoff contests...has made trio of trips to October stage, including World Series berth with Padres in 1998...went 2-for-3 against Yankees in Fall Classic...also advanced to postseason with St. Louis in 1996 and again with San Diego in 2005.

A Giant in the Community:
Was community stalwart during first season with Giants, lending much of his time to good causes...was club's nominee for Hutch Award...award, which is named after former ML pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson, is given annually to Major Leaguer who best exemplifies character, desire and fighting spirit...began year with trip to 2006 KNBR/Giants Winter FanFest, which included trip to visit patients at Shriners Hospital for Kids in Sacramento...served as Giants' spokesman throughout season for Greater Bay Area Make-AWish Foundation, welcoming "wish" kids from Foundation prior to every Tuesday home game at AT&T Park...lent his services to teach baseball skills clinic for children participating in Special Olympics...participated in pre-game ceremony congratulating winners of Gang Resistance Education and Training Program, sponsored by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives...co-chaired annual "Halloween Heroes" event put on by Wender Weis Foundation for Children, event benefiting Junior Giants Program.

2007 Career Highlights: 
  • Veteran pinch-hitter began the season with the Giants, but was acquired by the Dodgers on Aug. 9 in exchange for a player to be named later (Travis Denker)
  • Batted .316 off the bench (24-for-76) and led the Major Leagues with 24 pinch-hits to give him 163 in his career, the second most in Major League history, behind former Dodger Lenny Harris (212)...surpassed former Dodger and pinch-hit champion Manny Mota during the season
  • The 24 pinch-hits were the most in a single-season in all of baseball since Harris had 26 in 1999
  • Joined Smokey Burgess and Harris as the only Major Leaguers in the last 50 years to record two 20-pinch-hit seasons...Sweeney had 22 pinch-hits while splitting time between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres in 1997
  • Collected his first hit as a Dodger with a pinch-hit single against the Astros on Aug. 13
  • Hit .260 with two homers and 13 RBI in 106 games combined between the Giants and Dodgers
  • Hit .273 with three RBI in Los Angeles, including a .296 average (8-for-27) as a pinch-hitter
  • Batted .400 (6-for-15) in the month of July
  • At home (Dodger Stadium and AT&T Park), batted .345 (19-for-55) compared to a .191 mark on the road in the National League
  • Hit .571 (8-for-14) when putting the first pitch in play
  • Appeared in games at first base, left field and right field during the season and did not commit any errors
  • His acquisition marked the first time the Dodgers and Giants had orchestrated a trade since Dec. 11, 1985, when Los Angeles sent outfielder Candy Maldonado to San Francisco in exchange for catcher Alex Trevino...it was the first in-season trade between the two teams since April 14, 1972 when the Dodgers acquired Dick Dietz from San Francisco in exchange for cash
  • Will enter 2008 as the Major Leagues'active leader in pinch-hit home runs (15) and RBI (97)


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    Player Statistics courtesy of ESPN.com
    Proper Name: Mark Patrick Sweeney
    Born: October 26, 1969
    Framingham, MA
    Height: 6-1
    Weight: 215 lbs.
    Age: 38
    Bats: Left
    Throws: Left
    Pos: 1B
    Experience: 12 years
    College: Maine
     

    Mark Sweeney Hitting Statistics from www.baseball-almanac.com
    Yr Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR GS RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
    1995 Cardinals 37 77 5 21 2 0 2 0 13 10 0 15 1 2 0 3 .273 .348 .377
    1996 Cardinals 98 170 32 45 9 0 3 0 22 33 2 29 5 0 1 4 .265 .387 .371
    1997 Cardinals 44 61 5 13 3 0 0 0 4 9 1 14 1 1 1 2 .213 .319 .262
    1997 Padres 71 103 11 33 4 0 2 0 19 11 0 18 0 1 0 1 .320 .383 .417
    1998 Padres 122 192 17 45 8 3 2 0 15 26 0 37 0 3 1 5 .234 .324 .339
    1999 Reds 37 31 6 11 3 0 2 0 7 4 1 9 0 0 0 2 .355 .429 .645
    2000 Brewers 71 73 9 16 6 0 1 0 6 12 1 18 1 0 1 1 .219 .337 .342
    2001 Brewers 48 89 9 23 3 1 3 0 11 12 0 23 2 0 0 0 .258 .347 .416
    2002 Padres 48 65 3 11 3 0 1 0 4 4 0 19 0 0 0 1 .169 .217 .262
    2003 Rockies 67 97 13 25 9 0 2 0 14 9 1 27 0 0 0 2 .258 .321 .412
    2004 Rockies 122 177 25 47 12 2 9 1 40 32 2 51 0 4 2 2 .266 .377 .508
    2005 Padres 135 221 31 65 12 1 8 0 40 40 3 58 1 5 0 6 .294 .395 .466
    2006 Giants 114 259 32 65 15 2 5 0 37 28 3 50 0 1 3 6 .251 .330 .382
    2007 Giants 76 90 18 23 8 0 2 0 10 13 0 18 1 0 3 0 .256 .368 .411
    2007 Dodgers 30 33 2 9 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 11 0 0 0 0 .273 .294 .303
    Career G AB R H 2B 3B HR GS RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
    13 Years 1,120 1,738 218 452 98 9 42 1 245 244 14 397 12 17 12 35 .260 .352 .399


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