Royals

Mike Sweeney returns to the Royals as special assistant

Updated: 2014-02-07T20:26:39Z

The Kansas City Star

The Royals have re-acquired Mike Sweeney.

One of the team’s most popular players during his 13 seasons with the Royals, Sweeney has been hired as a special assistant to baseball operations.

“He’s a tremendous leader, and I’m confident that he will impact our players and staff in a positive way,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement.

Sweeney set the team record for RBIs in a season with 144 in 2000, and he ranks among the club’s top six in 17 offensive categories. He’s second with 197 career home runs and a .299 batting average. In 2002, Sweeny hit .340, just missing the American League batting crown.

He represented the Royals five times in All-Star Games. Only George Brett appeared in more for the team.

“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.”

| Blair Kerkhoff, bkerkhoff@kcstar.com

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