Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 5/31/13
Sean Casey is a former baseball player who played on the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox from 1997 to 2008. Casey went to high school in Pittsburgh, and went to college at the University of Richmond, the only Division I school that recruited him. In 1995, Casey, a junior at the time, led Division I with a .491 batting average. This put him on MLB scouts’ radars, and the Indians selected him in the 2nd round of the 1995 Draft. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Al Behrman Casey played one season for the Indians- 1997. Before the 1998 season, he was traded to the Reds, the team Casey was on for the bulk of his career. In eight seasons with the Reds (1998-2005), Casey made three All-Star teams, the only three of his career. His best season as a Red was in 1999, when he hit .332 with 25 home runs, 99 RBI and 103 runs scored, and led Cincinnati to a 96-66 record. However, the Reds lost to the New York Mets (yes, they once were relevant) in a one-game playoff for the wild card spot, ending their season prematurely. This marked the last time Casey made the playoffs as a Red, as Cincinnati’s next winning season did not come until 2010. Casey was traded to the Pirates in December of 2005, and was traded to the Tigers months later, at the 2006 trade deadline. Casey finally made his return to the playoffs, advancing all the way to the World Series. While he missed the entire ALCS against the Oakland Athletics and the first game of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals due to a calf injury, Casey became Detroit’s most reliable hitter during the final five games of the Fall Classic. While the Tigers lost the series, Casey batted an incredible .432 in his five World Series games. After one more year with the Tigers, Casey played on the Red Sox for a season, and then announced his retirement. Casey is remembered as one of the nicest guys in baseball. In 1998, after he was drafted, Casey went back to Richmond to earn a degree in speech communications, which helped define the type of player he was. As a first baseman, he regularly had conversations with opposing players who were on first base. Other players took notice of Casey’s friendliness, and in 2007, he was voted “the friendliest player in baseball” by fellow players (via Sports Illustrated.), garnering a whopping 46% of the vote. Casey now works as a broadcaster for MLB Network, proving that nice guys don’t always finish last. -Hollenberg
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