Mark Sweeney

Mark Patrick Sweeney (born October 26, 1969) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball. He is best known for his skill as a pinch hitter, where he ranks second in career pinch hits with 175 and first in career pinch hit runs batted in with 102.[1]

Mark Sweeney
Mark Sweeney
Sweeney with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Outfielder / First baseman
Born: October 26, 1969 (age 49)
Framingham, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 4, 1995, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 2008, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average.254
Home runs42
Runs batted in250

High school years

Sweeney attended Holliston High School in Holliston, Massachusetts and was a student and a letterman in football and baseball. In baseball, he helped lead his team to the 1986 Massachusetts State Championship. He also led his football team as the quarterback to a state championship, winning the Tri-Valley League and a Superbowl in 1985.

College years

Sweeney was signed to play quarterback for the University of Maine in Orono. There, he decided to play baseball full-time. He went on to become a Golden Spikes Finalist, playing outfield, and breaking many of the school's offensive records. As a senior in 1991, he hit .384 with 23 home runs, 80 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 65 games; his strong season earned him the America East Player of the Year award.

While at Maine, he played collegiate summer baseball for three seasons in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) with the Chatham A's (1988) and Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (1989-90). In 1989 and 1990, he led the Red Sox to back-to-back league championships, and was named the playoff MVP in 1989. He received the league's sportsmanship award in 1990, and was inducted into the CCBL hall of fame in 2018.[2]

Minor league career

Sweeney was drafted by the California Angels in the 9th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional debut in 1991 with the Boise Hawks in Single-A, batting .282 in 70 games. With the Angels organization he played for the Quad Cities River Bandits (1992), Palm Springs Angels (1993), Midland Angels (1993-1994) and Vancouver Canadians (1994-1995). On July 8, 1995, he was traded by the Angels to the St. Louis Cardinals for John Habyan. After playing in 22 games for the Triple-A Louisville Redbirds his contract was purchased by the Cardinals on August 4.

MLB career

Sweeney made his major league debut on August 4, 1995, as the starting first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Chicago Cubs. He was hitless in four at-bats on his debut. He collected his first major league hit the next day against Cubs starter Jim Bullinger. He hit his first home run on August 10 against the Los Angeles Dodgers' Hideo Nomo.

He remained with the Cards until 1997 when he was traded to the San Diego Padres, along with Danny Jackson and Rich Batchelor, for Fernando Valenzuela, Phil Plantier and Scott Livingstone. He went 2 for 3 as a pinch hitter for the Padres in the 1998 World Series against the New York Yankees, making the last out of the Series by grounding out to third base.

After the season, he was traded by the Padres, along with Greg Vaughn, to the Cincinnati Reds for Josh Harris, Reggie Sanders, and Damian Jackson.

Sweeney spent one season with the Reds organization, much of which was spent with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. The Reds traded him on January 14, 2000, to the Milwaukee Brewers, along with Gene Altman, for Alex Ochoa. He spent the next two seasons with the Brewers shuttling between the Majors and Triple-A while battling through an assortment of injuries and trips to the disabled list.

In 2002, he was traded by the Brewers with Lou Collier, Jeromy Burnitz, Jeff D'Amico, and cash to the New York Mets for Glendon Rusch, Lenny Harris, and Alex Ochoa. He failed to make the Mets roster and was released. The San Diego Padres signed him as a free agent a few days later. Had a poor season with the Padres, hitting just .169 in 48 games.

Sweeney spent 2003 and 2004 with the Colorado Rockies, 2005 with the Padres, 2006-2007 with the San Francisco Giants and 2007 and 2008 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He has played first base, outfield, and designated hitter. In 1,218 career games, he is a lifetime .254 hitter, with 42 home runs, 250 runs batted in, and 16 stolen bases.

According to the New York Daily News in a story that broke in January 2007, Barry Bonds blamed a positive amphetamine test result during the 2006 season on a substance he took from Sweeney's locker. Sweeney's agent denied the claim that Bonds had gotten such a substance from Sweeney.[3] Bonds would later clear Sweeney of any involvement in his positive amphetamine test.[4]

On July 27, 2007, against the Florida Marlins, he moved into a tie for 2nd place (150 hits) on the all-time pinch hits list with Manny Mota with a pinch hit single. On July 29, 2007, he moved into sole possession of 2nd place behind Lenny Harris on the all-time pinch hits list with a game-tying, pinch hit double to deep right field in the 9th inning that scored Dave Roberts.

On August 9, 2007, Sweeney was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for second baseman Travis Denker. The trade was the first between the Giants and the Dodgers since 1985.[5]

He remained with the Dodgers, primarily as a pinch hitter through the 2008 season. In May 2008, Sweeney surrendered his jersey number, 22, to his rookie teammate Clayton Kershaw, and adopted #21.[6] Unable to find a playing position as a free agent for 2009, Sweeney officially announced his retirement on March 6, 2009. He subsequently rejoined the Dodgers organization as an assistant coach.

After baseball

In 2012, Sweeney began working as a baseball correspondent and pregame color analyst for Padres telecasts on Fox Sports San Diego.

In the Fall of 2013, Sweeney's number 12 will be retired by his alma mater, the University of Maine.

In 2014, Sweeney started appearing on FOX and FOX Sports 1 as a studio analyst.

Sweeney is married to fitness instructor Cindy Whitmarsh, with whom he has a son and two stepdaughters.[7]


  1. ^ "21 Mark Sweeney, 1B". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  2. ^ "2018 Cape League Hall of Fame Class Announced". Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Report: Barry Bonds failed amphetamine test". The San Francisco Chronicle. 2007-01-11. Archived from the original on 2007-11-23.
  4. ^ Schulman, Henry (February 20, 2007). "Sweeney: It's 'over and done' / Giants don't expect another apology from Bonds". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  5. ^ Sweeney traded to rival Dodgers. San Francisco Chronicle.
  6. ^ Knight, Molly (May 30, 2008). "Reporting from ... the visitors clubhouse at Shea". ESPN.
  7. ^ Tom Krasovic (April 13, 2012). "San Diego Padre Mark Sweeney Talks Life and Fox Sports". San Diego Magazine.

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1991 College Baseball All-America Team

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1995 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1997 San Diego Padres season

The 1997 San Diego Padres season was the 29th season in franchise history. The Padres finished last in the National League West. Right fielder (and future Hall of Famer) Tony Gwynn had the highest batting average in the majors, at .372.

In April, the Padres played three home games at the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals won the opening two games (a double header) on April 19, winning the first 1-0 and the second 2-1 before the Padres won game 3 on Sunday April 20 by a score of 8-2. Reported attendances were 37,382 (game 2) and 40,050 (game 3).

1997 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1999 Cincinnati Reds season

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2000 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2000 season involved the Brewers' finishing 3rd in the National League Central with a record of 73 wins and 89 losses.

2001 Milwaukee Brewers season

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2002 New York Mets season

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2002 San Diego Padres season

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2006 San Francisco Giants season

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Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox

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