Bad Game Used – Mike Sweeney
Player’s Name: Mike Sweeney
Player’s Position: DH
Player’s Current Team: Oakland A’s (pictured with the Kansas City Royals).
Price I Paid for the Card: $2.99 for the pack of cards purchased at Target.
Set it’s from: 2008 Upper Deck Series one
What it’s Worth: Since the 2008 Upper Deck hasn’t been priced yet, I’ll go from last year’s set and put him as a minor star worth $8.00.
Why I like this card: I think the picture in this one is another choke job but it does say a lot about his career of late. You see, Mike was once known for his high batting average, power and ability to produce RBIs, but he has since become a shell of himself after many injuries. The Royals also have no problems finding help at 1st and DH with Shealy, Gload, Butler and even Teahen eating up the at bats. So it was off to Oakland after spending an entire career in KC (13 seasons). I still like the idea of having a Sweeney card, because I liked him as a player and for many years liked having him on my fantasy team.
Why it’s a Bad Hit: Mike was the perfect example of the baseball career bell curve. It’s a proven fact that players start hitting their potential between the ages of 26-30. Mike entered the league at 21 and struggled until he turned 25. From 25 – 31 he was one of the best first basemen in the AL. Sure he had some up and down years, but he always seemed to put up solid power numbers. Mike’s best years are far behind him as he turns 34 this year and attempts to revamp himself as the Oakland A’s DH. Hey it worked for Frank Thomas last year, why not? I just don’t see it though. Speaking statistically, he seems to be at the end of the bell curve, he might be able to put up 10 homers and 30 RBIs, but the years of crushing 20+ are gone and if he doesn’t kick butt to start the season, he’ll be long gone as well.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Star?: At one point in his career, he might have been, but those days are gone now, he’s bannished to the commons bin forever.