We're gonna party like its 2003! Mike Sweeney is back!
The former Royals first baseman/designated hitter has returned to the organization to accept a position of "Special Assistant to Baseball Operations." I assume this means he will assist in most baseball operations, like Tommy John surgeries, ACL tears, torn labrums, etc.
Sweeney is a five-time All-Star who played in Kansas City from 1995-2007. He hit .299/.369/.492 in over 5000 plate appearances with 197 home runs.
"The only thing I was unable to accomplish during my playing days was to bring October baseball back to Kansas City," said Sweeney, who will attend spring training in Surprise, Ariz. "With this new position, my goal is do as much as I can to help the Royals get back to being one of the prized organizations in baseball, as it was in the 1980s."
This just in - Mike Sweeney has injured himself using the Kauffman Stadium copy machine. The injury appears to be a lower back injury that could keep him out 4-6 weeks. The Royals plan to announce a call up from Kelly Temp Services to fill in for Sweeney while he is out of action.