Listeners were drawn to his forthright, opinionated and honest views that were delivered with humour and warmth. It was in response to a pro-embryonic research advertisement featuring actor Michael J. He appeared on the ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum 2016 election and earned three votes.[14]. On November 9, 2002, Mike married Shara Nettles, the daughter of former major leaguer Jim Nettles, niece of Graig Nettles. After returning from the disabled list on August 8, Sweeney hit .293 with six homers and 26 RBI, but missed another five games with a sore side. On April 22, 2009, Sweeney left the game during his first at-bat due to back spasms. 2000 Stadium Club - First Day Issue #48 Mike Sweeney SN150 2000 Stadium Club - One of a Kind #48 Mike Sweeney SN150 2000 Stadium Club - Printing Plates Black #48 Mike Sweeney SN1 He performed in a local band, the Salford Jets, as a singer and songwriter in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He lives in Saddleworth with his wife Viv and daughter Niamh, who is currently away studying at university. batting crown through the season's final weekend, before falling short of Boston's Manny Ramírez who hit a league-best .349. Q&A with Acton's Michael Sweeney, Widower of 9/11 Victim Madeline Amy Sweeney - Acton, MA - Michael Sweeney lost his wife to the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01. Sweeney said afterwards that Weaver had been criticizing the Royals' younger players and Sweeney's faith. Teammate Ken Griffey Jr. was accused of napping during a pinch hitting opportunity, also known as "Napgate". 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. executive Shannon Forde, and Bill Murray, the comedic actor and owner of several minor league baseball teams. After considering retirement, Sweeney said he would like to play one more year before retiring.[5]. He got his first major league base hit against Cleveland Indians' pitcher Paul Assenmacher at Jacobs Field in the final game of the season. Salford-born Mike, 71, has been a broadcaster for an impressive 38 years, and is also well known as a rocker with his bands The Salford Jets, Manchester Beat and the Swinging Blue Jeans. Mike Sweeney is a fellow at Defense Priorities. It was with The Salford Jets that he finally found success, with recording contracts, a hit single and television performances, shortly followed by his big break onto the airwaves of Manchester. 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). [13] He threw out the first pitch of the 2011 season for the Kansas City Royals on opening day. After that, Weaver put his glove over his mouth and appeared to say something "Webster never put in his dictionary"[1] to Sweeney. On September 1, his first day back off the DL, Sweeney pinch-hit in the bottom of the 9th and hit a bloop base hit that broke up Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Baker's no-hitter. Sweeney split catching duties with Mike Macfarlane in 1997. In February 2014, the Kansas City Royals announced that they had hired Sweeney as a special assistant to baseball operations. In 2005, Sweeney was named the Royals player of the year for the third time in his career. Judi Bari, my former wife, the renowned Earth First! They also honored a 19-year-old mother who was going to have an abortion but instead chose to have her baby. It was a three-run shot. Mike presents The Mid-Morning Programme and Sweeney’s 60 Classics on BBC Radio Manchester. In between pitches, Sweeney asked the home plate umpire if Weaver could be asked to move the rosin bag from the top of the mound. From 2006-2008 Mike presented the Sunday Breakfast Show on XFM Manchester. Weaver, who was a member of the Tigers at the time, was pitching to Sweeney. Sweeney hit his first home run as a Phillie on August 29, 2010 in a 5-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Due to fires in San Diego and the surrounding areas, Sweeney's family was forced to evacuate their home in Rancho Santa Fe and stay with his parents, who live in Ontario, California. Mike Sweeney (far left) with the band Smiffy in 1973 (Image: Mike Sweeney) Mike laughs: “When I was a kid and I first grew my hair my mum threw me out of the house. Sweeney was removed from first base in the 7th inning and was given a third standing ovation. 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. 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. In 1998 Mike was given the opportunity to join Capital Radio’s classic hits station – Capital Gold - in London. On August 14, 2002, he became the fifth Royal in club history to record a straight steal of home and the first since Fred Patek versus Minnesota on June 18, 1977, with a stolen base off the New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte. He spent 13 of his 16 Major League seasons in Kansas City (1995-2007), batting .299 and belting 197 home runs with the Royals. First baseman Mike Sweeney of the Kansas City Royals takes off his batting helmet during the MLB game against the New York Mets on June 23, 2002 at... Mike Sweeney of the Seattle Mariners bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on May 13, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Sweeney had one of the best seasons of his career in 2002, hitting .340 for the second-highest batting average in the American League and the second-highest in club history only to George Brett's .390 in 1980. Sweeney made his major league debut on September 14, 1995 as a catcher. Life is good. His new project for 2018 is ‘Mike Sweeney’s Manchester Beat’. Trivia. 2 great athletes discuss their use of NFP to help build long-lasting, happy marriages. He tied a club record with two hits in an inning versus the Oakland A's on May 31, 1998. He finished second in the league with a club record 144 RBI, behind only Seattle's Edgar Martínez's 145 RBI, and breaking Hal McRae's 1982 team mark of 133. Mike Holmes' Married Life With Former Wife Alexandra Lorex. Sweeney was inducted into the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame on August 15, 2015. He missed hitting for the cycle by about 40 feet, when he retreated to second base on what appeared to be a sure triple in the eighth inning with the Kansas City Royals leading by a 12-6 score. He passed the 100 RBI mark for the second straight year on August 13, 2000, reaching the century mark faster than any player in Royals history. In 1999 and 2000 ‘Sweeney’s Sixties Classics’ was a finalist in the New York Radio Awards. David James Mike chats to former Manchester City keeper, David James, about the European Super League. A fluent speaker of Spanish,[19] Sweeney was very active in the K.C. There is no credible evidence that I did. After the sudden retirement of Jeff King, the Royals offered the first base job to rookie Jeremy Giambi. He was a recipient of the Hutch Award in 2007, an award given to the player who best exemplifies his team's fighting spirit. In 2000, Sweeney was selected to his first of five All-Star games. Cindy was the wife of Mike Whitmarsh before getting married to Mark Seeney. Sweeney is a devout Catholic and has appeared on EWTN's Life on the Rock, a program targeted towards young Christians. The award is named for Ewing Kauffman, founder of the Royals and the team for which Sweeney played 13 years and served as captain. Mike Sweeney is in his seventh season as part of the Royals’ front office after rejoining the organization on Feb. 7, 2014, being named a Special Assistant-Baseball Operations. Sweeney was presented with the Mr. 13/05/2021. The same crisis seemed to end Mike's happiness too. In March 2012, Sweeney joined the MLB Network as a studio analyst. If you would like to book Mike Sweeney please either send an email or telephone: Stret on +44 (0) 7919 598 779 contact@purpleuniverse.co.uk, Robin Arnold +44 (0) 7891095858 rwaconsultants1@gmail.com. Mike chats to relationship expert, Suzie Hayman, about how lockdown affects mental health. On Christmas Day 2012 Mike co-presented ‘Radio 2012’ on BBC 5 Live. In May 2010, Sweeney was involved in an interesting situation. She also received a $5,000 check to purchase a new automobile. Sweeney entered the dugout, and upon still hearing fans roaring, he exited the dugout towards the field and bowed, waved, and said "Thank you." In April 2008, Mike joined the Guardian Media Group as part of the launch team for Rock Radio , The UK’s first classic rock station. [9], On November 5, 2009, Sweeney declared free agency. The Official Site of The Kansas City Royals: News: Sweeney's return pays off for Royals, The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Sweeney wins 2007 Hutch Award, The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: A's ink Sweeney to Minor League deal, Sweeney returns to Mariners on Minors deal, http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2605588-2016-bbwaa-hall-of-fame-election-results-announced, "Sweeney purchases full-page ad to thank fans, organization", "Royals name former player Mike Sweeney Special Assistant to Baseball Operations", Speaking Spanish helps K.C. Sweeney appeared with Jim Caviezel, Patricia Heaton, Jeff Suppan, and Kurt Warner. 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). Mike also made enough of an impression on Chris Evans during his tenure at “Picc” to warrant a chapter in his autobiography !! He would continue to have injury problems throughout the rest of his career, including a lengthy DL stint during the 2003 season with the Royals seeking their first winning season since the strike-shortened 1994 season where they went 64–51. Riddled with injuries and with no other viable options, the Royals started using Sweeney as their regular designated hitter. Sweeney attended Mount Carmel School in Salford, after which he worked at Associated Electrical Industries in Trafford Park. Mike is married to wife Viv and has three children, Dylan, Siobhan and Niamh plus granddaughter Isabella. On March 25, 2011, Sweeney retired from baseball. Mike was nominated for two major awards in the October and November of 2017 .. An ‘Aria’ (formally The Sony Awards), the radio BAFTA’s and a ‘Gillard’ The BBC equivalent. On November 9, 2002, Mike married Shara Nettles, the daughter of former major leaguer Jim Nettles, niece of Graig Nettles. He stated in a report on MLB.com that the few possessions that they took for safekeeping were their marriage certificate, three wedding photographs, birth certificates, and two pictures of his children with Pope Benedict, taken while they were in Rome last year. From 1983 onwards, Mike developed and presented ‘Sweeney’s Sixties Classics,’ which was the first specialist sixties programme on commercial radio. Fox. He was five-time American League All-Star first baseman and designated hitter who served as the captain of the Kansas City Royals. He belted a two-run ninth inning game-winning home run off then Detroit Tigers's pitcher Doug Brocail on May 15, 1997. I did not bomb Judi Bari, or write any of the letters. He was drafted out of high school as a catcher before being converted to first base. He has been a nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, and has continued to support the community through various programs, including the Kansas City FCA chapter, Children's Mercy Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club of Kansas City. He eventually tackled Weaver, igniting a bench-clearing brawl. Sweeney said he challenged anyone who said Griffey was asleep "to stand up and fight me", however, Griffey did not deny it.[12]. Ed Gehrman can string together as many lies as he wants, but there are no facts at the bottom of it. 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 hit his first home run off Seattle Mariners' pitcher Jamie Moyer on August 12, 1996. Sweeney underwent arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome left knee on June 11, and was expected to miss four to six weeks. Five-time All-Star first baseman who collected 215 home runs with a.297 batting average during his 16-year career. In his ten years at Capital Gold, Mike fronted all of the daytime slots. 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. If you would like to book Mike Sweeney please either send an email or telephone: Stret on +44 (0) 7919 598 779 contact@purpleuniverse.co.uk Robin Arnold +44 (0) 7891095858 rwaconsultants1@gmail.com 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. Mike is married to wife Viv and has three children, Dylan, Siobhan and Niamh plus granddaughter Isabella. Mike Sweeney is a retired Major League baseball player. There's a tragic story behind the separation of Mike Holmes and Alexandra Lorex. Mike Sweeney is a writer and producer, known for Conan (2010), Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009). A musical celebration of the great Manchester bands of The 60’s. This is a response to Bruce Anderson’s article. In 2001 the show took one extra step and won a New York Gold. He signed with the Royals in May 1991;a month before his graduation from Ontario High School. They have three sons and three daughters, Michael, Donovan, Ryan, McKara, Fiona, and Quinn.[5]. In PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON, hitting theaters on Oct. 9, former Major League Baseball star Mike Sweeney reveals how renewing his prayer life, especially the family Rosary, helped to save his marriage and unite his family.. UPDATE: PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON is available for digital purchase on a variety of platforms as of Dec. 18, 2020. His big break came in 1999, when the Royals tried unsuccessfully to trade him during spring training. Sweeney played his first 13 seasons in the majors with the Kansas City Royals, originally as a catcher and then moving to first base. In 1998, Sweeney played in his first Opening Day game. On January 29, 2009, Sweeney signed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training with the Seattle Mariners,[6] citing his desire to play for Mariners' manager Don Wakamatsu who was Sweeney's bench coach in Oakland. In 2002 Mike won the Silver Music Broadcaster Award at the Sonys, the radio industry’s BAFTA’s. Mac used to be with the group DC Talk. Mike 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." Through the 2004 season, Sweeney compiled a .305 average with 161 home runs and 683 RBI in 1,026 games. While his ability with the bat impressed the Royals, they were less than enamored with his skills behind the plate. On March 25, 2011 Sweeney signed a one-day contract with the Kansas City Royals and retired. 1971 to 1980. And, as it turns out, Mike Sweeney also throws a mean right hook. ‘Sweeney’s Sixties Classics’ also made the journey from Manchester to London with Mike and remained on-air till 2009. Bio. Since leaving the Kansas City Royals his Number 29 has been left out of circulation leading some to believe the Royals might end up retiring his number one day. After a brief return from the disabled list, Sweeney was released by the A's on September 9. Sweeney was offended and launched his batting helmet at Weaver while charging the pitcher's mound. It was the beginning of a 16-year career that has seen the California native reach the highest levels of his sport. [21], Sweeney is known all around Kansas City for being very polite and friendly towards all fans. They first met at their friend's party where they are introduced by common friends. During the 2003 season, he was named to his fourth consecutive Major League All-Star Game, joining closer Mike MacDougal at the Mid-Summer Classic, marking the first time since 2000 (Sweeney and Jermaine Dye) that KC had two representatives and just the second time since 1989 (Bo Jackson and Mark Gubicza). Sweeney won the Hutch Award, which honors players who exemplify a fighting spirit, honoring Fred Hutchinson, who died of cancer in 1964. Sweeney was hitting .347 on September 24 before going 2-for-16 in his final four games. [2] On August 4, Sweeney was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies to replace injured first baseman Ryan Howard for a player to be named later and/or cash considerations. Acton Patch interviewed Sweeney … He had just led his Varsity baseball team as the team captain to a CIF victory with an undefeated record of 26-0 for the 1991 season. 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