Pedro Swann

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Pedro Swann
Outfielder
Born: (1970-10-27) October 27, 1970 (age 44)
Wilmington, Delaware
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 2000 for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 2003 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average .143
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 3
Teams

Pedro Maurice Swann (born October 27, 1970 in Wilmington, Delaware) is a retired American outfielder who spent parts of three seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Atlanta Braves (2000), Toronto Blue Jays (2002) and Baltimore Orioles (2003). Swann spent 16 seasons in the minor leagues and played only 25 games in the majors, making his major league debut at the age of 29. Currently, Swann is the head coach of the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks baseball team of the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Playing career[edit]

Swann was drafted out of Delaware State University in the 26th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft by the Atlanta Braves. He spent 13 seasons in the minors before making his debut for the Braves in 2000, striking out in both of his at-bats that season. He played all of 2001 with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate in Richmond and became a free agent at the end of the season. On February 14, 2002, Swann signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and spent most of the season in Triple-A, but did play 13 games for the Blue Jays.

For 2003, he signed with the Baltimore Orioles and again spent a few games in the majors. His most notable performance as a major leaguer occurred at Camden Yards on September 18, 2003. An attempt to avoid Hurricane Isabel by changing the game's start time from 7:05 pm (ET) to 12:35 pm proved futile as the contest was played entirely in a downpour. With the score tied at one, Swann opened the bottom of the fifth inning with a double off Mike Mussina. When Brian Roberts hit a one-out single to left field, Orioles third-base coach Tom Trebelhorn had initially waved Swann home. He abruptly put up the stop sign when left fielder Hideki Matsui quickly threw the ball to third baseman Aaron Boone. Swann, who was too far past third base, got caught in a rundown and was tagged out. When the inning ended with the Orioles failing to score a run, the match was suspended and replayed in its entirety eight days later on September 26 as part of a twi-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles would have had a 2–1 victory had Swann successfully crossed home plate because the game became official upon the completion of the fifth inning.[1][2]

He became a free agent after the 2004 season and signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds for the 2005 season. In 127 games for Triple-A Louisville, he hit .285 with 18 home runs and 85 Runs batted in. In 2006, he played in Double-A and Triple-A for the Philadelphia Phillies, with the Tabasco Olmecs in the Mexican League,[3] and Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League. In 2007, he again played for the Double-A and Triple-A teams and announced his retirement before the start of the 2008 season.

Coaching career[edit]

Currently, Pedro Swann operates Pro Swing Sports Academy, an indoor training facility in Middletown, Delaware. Also on the staff are two other former major leaguers, pitcher Dwayne Henry and Carlos Mendez, a former first baseman and catcher. Pedro offers hitting lessons, while Dwayne gives pitching and Carlos catching instruction.[4]

Prior to the 2013 season, Swann was hired as the head baseball coach of the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks.[5]

Head coaching records[edit]

Below is a table of Swann's yearly records as an NCAA head baseball coach.[6]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2013–present)
2013 Maryland Eastern Shore 8-45 4-20 4th (Northern) MEAC Tournament
2014 Maryland Eastern Shore 13-35 8-16 4th (Northern) MEAC Tournament
Maryland Eastern Shore: 21-80 12-36
Total: 21-80

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Film career[edit]

Swann played the role of Juan Vasquez in the 1999 film "For the Love of the Game" starring Kevin Costner.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Washburn, Gary. "O's-Yanks game ends in a tie," MLB.com, Thursday, September 18, 2003.
  2. ^ The Official 2011 Major League Baseball (MLB) Rule Book. – The relevant rule is 4.10(c).
  3. ^ 2006 Tabasco stats
  4. ^ Staff Profiles – Pro Swing Sports Academy.
  5. ^ Foley, Brian (12 September 2012). "Pedro Swann Named Head Coach at UMES". CollegeBaseballDaily.com. CBD News Source. Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Standings". D1Baseball.com. Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ For the Love of the Game cast

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