Oakland Continues Youth Movement With…Mike Sweeney???

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After over a decade and a half Mike Sweeney will be wearing something other than Royals colors this spring.  The Oakland Athletics signed him to a minor league contract and he is expected to report Wednesday with pitchers and cathers.  The real question is why would they pick Sweeney up now?  The easy answer is veteran leadership.  The more complicated answer is that Sweeney led the Royals in several key statistical categories last year.

For example, his veteran eye at the plate was seen as he led K.C. in at bats per strikeout last year.  Sweeney struck out a little under once every nine plate attempts.  Solid work sir. 

He also was the team leader in fewest times caught stealing.  Sweeney was not thrown out once on the base paths last year.  Nevermind that he didn’t steal a base last year either.  That’s just details.

So in the end, the A’s get a veteran to hang around the clubhouse and play about 90% of the games when Cust and Barton go down with injuries.  They get that veteran on the cheap and surely he can teach a few guys like Cust not to strike out every two and a half at bats.  Who knows, he may even get Buck to cut his hair?

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9 Responses to “Oakland Continues Youth Movement With…Mike Sweeney???”

  1. TheGoldfishCowboy Says:

    And he can learn some things too… Cust could teach him how to eat ribs through his nose and that elephant mascot could teach him how to breakdance

  2. BobWicket Says:

    can that elephant teach me to keep my balance on top of a baseball?

  3. eDayStat Says:

    Only after 17 beers and a bucket full of peanuts.

  4. smoothron Says:

    Eday, rumor is that you actually had an autographed Mike Sweeney card to scan for use in this post…

  5. eDayStat Says:

    I have slightly fewer Mike Sweeney cards than J.R. Rider cards in my collection.

  6. The W Says:

    I have quite a nice Shawn Kemp basketball card collection myself. Pre-cocaine and double whoppers, of course.

  7. smoothron Says:

    There were NO Shawn Kemp basketball cards made pre-cocaine.

  8. TheGoldfishCowboy Says:

    Shawn Kemp stole my Shawn Kemp basketball card collection in 1997

  9. BobWicket Says:

    +1 Cowboy

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