October 27, 1970 |
|September 9, 2000 for the Atlanta Braves|
Last MLB appearance
|September 27, 2003 for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Runs batted in||3|
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Head coaching records
Below is a table of Swann's yearly records as an NCAA head baseball coach.
|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|
- Washburn, Gary. "O's-Yanks game ends in a tie," MLB.com, Thursday, September 18, 2003.
- The Official 2011 Major League Baseball (MLB) Rule Book. – The relevant rule is 4.10(c).
- 2006 Tabasco stats
- Staff Profiles – Pro Swing Sports Academy.
- 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.
- "2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Standings". D1Baseball.com. Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
- For the Love of the Game cast