2002 Topps 206 Mini Baseball Card / Series 1 / Cycle – MIKE SWEENEY #99 (First Base) (Kansas City Royals)

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2002 Topps 206 Mini Baseball Card / Series 1 / Cycle - MIKE SWEENEY #99 (First Base) (Kansas City Royals)

2002 Topps 206 Mini Baseball Card / Series 1 / Cycle – MIKE SWEENEY #99 (First Base) (Kansas City Royals)

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2002 Topps 206 Mini Baseball Card / Series 1 / Cycle - MIKE SWEENEY #99 (First Base) (Kansas City Royals)

Michael John Sweeney (b. July 22, 1973) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. Sweeney played his first 13 seasons in the majors with the Kansas City Royals, first as a catcher and then at first base. Sweeney also played for the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, and Philadelphia Phillies. He now works as a special assistant for the Kansas City Royals. Sweeney was inducted into the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame on August 15, 2015.

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. He signed with the Royals on July 24, 1991; two days after his eighteenth birthday. Sweeney made his major league debut on September 14, 1995 as a catcher. He got his first major league base hit against Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Paul Assenmacher at Jacobs Field in the final game of the season.

In 2000, Sweeney was selected to his first of five All-Star games. 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). 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. 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.

Sweeney had one of the best, if not the best, seasons of his career in 2002, hitting .340 for the second-highest batting average in the American League and the 2nd-highest in club history only to George Brett’s .390 in 1980. He was in the hunt for the A.L. batting crown through the season’s final weekend, before falling short of Boston’s Manny Ramírez who hit a league-best .349. Sweeney was hitting .347 on September 24 before going 2-for-16 in his final four games.

On March 25, 2011 Sweeney signed a one-day contract with the Kansas City Royals and retired. He threw out the first pitch of the 2011 season for the Kansas City Royals on opening day.

MLB debut – September 14, 1995, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance – October 3, 2010, for the Philadelphia Phillies

MLB statistics:
Batting average – .297
Home runs – 215
RBI – 909

Teams
Kansas City Royals (1995–2007)
Oakland Athletics (2008)
Seattle Mariners (2009–2010)
Philadelphia Phillies (2010)

Career highlights and awards
5× All-Star (2000–2003, 2005)
Kansas City Royals captain (2003–2007)
Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame

Link to all of his issued baseball cards – www.tradingcarddb.com/Person.cfm/pid/5743/col/1/yea/0/Mik…

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1972 Topps - Jack Heidemann #374 (Shortstop) - Autographed Baseball Card (Cleveland Indians)

1972 Topps – Jack Heidemann #374 (Shortstop) – Autographed Baseball Card (Cleveland Indians)

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1972 Topps - Jack Heidemann #374 (Shortstop) - Autographed Baseball Card (Cleveland Indians)

Jack Seale Heidemann (b. July 11, 1949 in Brenham, Texas) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball shortstop who played from 1969 to 1977 with the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. His grandfather, Bill Cutler, was the former president of the Pacific Coast League. Originally drafted 11th overall by the Indians in 1967, he made his debut on May 2, 1969 at the age of 19.

1974 was Heidemann’s best season, even though he hit only .247. He started the season out with the Indians, but after collecting only one hit in his first 11 at-bats, he was traded to the Cardinals for Luis Alvarado and Ed Crosby on June 1. His average skyrocketed while with the Cardinals-he hit .271 with them in 47 games.

He was traded to the Mets with Mike Vail for Ted Martínez during the 1974 / 1975 offseason. He started the 1976 season with the Mets, but hit only .083 in his first 12 at-bats, so he was traded to the Brewers for minor leaguer Tom Deidel. With the Brewers that year, he hit .219 with two home runs. Overall, he hit .209 that year, collecting 10 RBI.

He finished his career in 1977, playing his final game on May 10 of that year. Used almost entirely as a defensive replacement/pinch runner in the five games he played that year, he collected no hits in one at-bat, although he did score a run.

MLB statistics:
Batting average – .211
Home runs – 9
RBI – 75

Teams:
Cleveland Indians (1969–1972, 1974)
St. Louis Cardinals (1974)
New York Mets (1975–1976)
Milwaukee Brewers (1976–1977)

Link to all of his issued baseball cards – www.tradingcarddb.com/Person.cfm/pid/2515/col/1/yea/0/Jac…

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Red Sox Add Three Players To 40-Man Roster Before MLB Rule 5 Deadline
The Boston Red Sox’s 40-man roster now is full. The Red Sox added three pitchers to their major league roster Monday before the 8 p.m. ET deadline for big league clubs to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft. Boston selected …