Mike Sweeney wanted to end his career the same way he started it, as a member of the Kansas City Royals.
So the former slugger signed a one-day minor league contract with Kansas City, then officially retired Friday as a member of the Royals.
“I’m walking away with no regrets,” Sweeney said during a ceremony near a field at the Royals’ spring training complex in Surprise, Ariz.
Sweeney, 37, was a five-time All-Star with Kansas City, but he played the 2009 season and part of 2010 with the Mariners before being traded to Philadelphia during its pennant run.
He said he would remain with the Royals in “some capacity” to work with minor leaguers.
Sweeney, who played for Kansas City from 1995-2007, had a .297 average, 215 home runs and 909 RBI.
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