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brian sweeney, 2006 Upper Deck #769

Player: Sweeney, Brian

Card: 2006 Upper Deck #769

Position: RHP

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Brian Edward Sweeney (born June 13, 1974 in Yonkers, NY) is a former professional baseball pitcher who played professionally for 18 years, and played four years in MLB for the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. He also played Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.

Brian graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains in 1992 and for Mercy College. During his four years at Mercy, Sweeney established himself in the record books as one of the Flyers’ most invaluable contributors in history, as he was named All-State and the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1995.

After making his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2003, Sweeney moved to the San Diego Padres in 2004 and then signed with Japan's Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. He then signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and reported to the Tacoma Rainiers on Thursday April 15, 2010. On June 15, 2010, he was called up to the Mariners to replace Ian Snell, who was designated for assignment.

After minor league assignments with the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets and Seattle Mariners, the Philadelphia Phillies named Brian as pitching coach for their rookie league Gulf Coast League Phillies for the 2015 season. From 2016 to 2017, he was the pitching coach for their Single-A affiliate Lakewood BlueClaws. Sweeney was hired by the Indians as a major league coach on December 11, 2017 and was promoted to bullpen coach on October 31, 2019. In 2023, he joined the Kansas City Royals as pitching coach under new manager Matt Quatraro.

And he can juggle!

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)

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Image courtesy of the Yonkers Times

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