Saturday, March 29, 2008

Mike Sweeney Added to A's Roster

A's manager Bob Geren doesn't know yet how Mike Sweeney will fit into his lineup, but it was recently announced that Sweeney will be in the mix after he cleared the first hurdle--making the 40-man roster. Here's a blurb from a recent article in the Alameda Times-Star about Sweeney:

One decision that appeared obvious has been made, as non-roster DH/first baseman Mike Sweeney will be added to the 40-man roster. The A's have yet to announce who they'll pull off the 40-man to make room for him.

Sweeney, who signed with the A's after a five-time All-Star career with the Kansas City Royals, has impressed all spring with his bat.

He's also fit right into the clubhouse with his pleasant and outgoing personality. Sweeney usually has hit between the third and fifth spots in the order during spring training, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him serving as DH in the opener, which would probably put Jack Cust in left field.

And here's a quote from Sweeney from an article in the SF Chronicle:

"It's exciting," he said. "Now I'm part of the team, and it's a matter of helping the team. Bob (Geren, the A's manager) made it clear he doesn't know what kind of playing time I'll get out of the gate, but I told him whatever role I have, I'll be the best teammate I can be."

1 comment:

Minda said...

I'm so glad he made the club. It seems like such a silly thing for someone with Sweeney's baseball credentials to have to fight for a roster spot, but he seems to have handled it with a level of grace and dignity that seemingly only he can muster. It is still weird to see him in his new team colors, but I still wish him the best, and pray for him often.

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