KANSAS CITY -- Former Royals captain Mike Sweeney, before being inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame last Sunday, lamented never helping the team reach the postseason, especially after signing a five-year, $55-million contract in 2002.
"I was ridiculed by my agents and the (players') union for signing the deal to stay in Kansas City because, at the time, on paper I was one of the better hitters in the game and I could have gotten much more money elsewhere," Sweeney told Kary Booher of the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader. "But I believed in the Glass family and thought I was going to be part of a winner in Kansas City."
There was no postseason glory, of course, and Sweeney said: "Unfortunately I let the Glass family and the fans down by not bringing a championship to Kansas City. But I have no regrets, I gave it everything I had, every single day I was in that uniform."
Sweeney was among 15 individuals and two organizations inducted this year in front of a record crowd of 1,650. Over the years, many Royals have joined the Missouri Hall including owner Ewing Kauffman, managers Whitey Herzog and Dick Howser, and players George Brett, Steve Busby, Orlando Cepeda, Jim Eisenreich, Bo Jackson, Dennis Leonard, John Mayberry, Hal McRae, Jeff Montgomery, Fred Patek, Gaylord Perry, Darrell Porter, Jamie Quirk, Dan Quisenberry, Paul Splittorff, John Wathan, Frank White and Willie Wilson.