Sean Thomas Casey....Wife's name is Mandi...Has three children; sons Andrew (10/25/01) and Jacob (4/17/03) and daughter Carli (11/28/05)...Is a 1992 graduate of Upper St. Clair (PA) High School, where during his senior season he led the baseball team to its first Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League title (the school officially retired his uniform jersey number 22 on 9/25/04)...During the 1998 off-season received his degree in speech communications from the University of Richmond (VA), where in 1995 he was second-team All-American, the ECAC Player-of-the-Year and the NCAA Division I batting champion...Was the Reds nominee for the Branch Rickey Award, *The Sporting News*' Good Guy Award, the Roberto Clemente Award and *USA Weekend*'s Most Caring Athlete Award in both 2004 and 2005...Was nominated for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2002 and 2005...In 2005 sang a version of Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now?" as one of 11 former and current Major League players who recorded songs on the "Oh Say Can You Sing?" CD.
SUMMARY: In his 1st full season with Detroit, led the Tigers with 11 intentional walks, tied for 8th
in the A.L., ranked 4th in batting (.296), and placed 5th in games (143)...Homered a major league
low 4 times...Started 105 games at 1st base and 6 as the designated hitter and was 6-for-12 with
3 RBI in a pinch-hit role.
BATTING: Hit just .221 in his 1st 38 games through May 17, concluding that span with an 0-for-8
performance in a May 17 day-night doubleheader in Boston...Posted a .371 (52-140) average
over his next 44 contests, improving to season high .302 on July 13...Batted .225 (29-129) in the
next 39 games and was at .276 through August 26...Finished the season at a .419 (26-62) clip in
his final 22 games, hitting safely in final 7 contests at .458 (11-24)...In 18 games in September,
ranked 3rd in the A.L. in batting (.408) and 7th in on-base percentage (.463)...Hit safely in a season
best 11 straight games, May 23-June 3 and had 4 hits twice, May 18 vs. St. Louis and June 15
BY THE NUMBERS: Had a career high .365 (23-63) average against lefthanded pitchers to improve career
mark versus southpaws to .291 (389-1339)...Batted .316 (71-225) at Comerica Park and had a .345
(20-58) average in 18 games against National League teams...Was 11-fo-23 (.478) versus Texas.
MISCELLANEOUS: Did not homer in his 1st 65 games of the season before going deep on June 19
at Washington...Had gone 229 at bats since last homer on September 28, 2006 versus Toronto...
Had a season best 4 RBI in that game against the Nationals...Collected his 300th career double,
July 15 at Seattle...Batted everywhere in the Detroit order except 1st and 9th, making a high of
59 starts in the 7th spot.
Started the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates before
being acquired in a two-player deal by the Tigers on July
31...Landed on Pittsburgh's disabled list on April 15 with
two fractures of the transverse process in his left lower
back...Joined Double A Altoona on an injury rehabilitation
assignment on May 26 -- appeared in three games before
being recalled from the injury rehabilitation assignment
and reinstated from the disabled list on May 29...Posted back-to-back four-hit games June 8-9 at San
Francisco...Batted .315 (29x92) with 15 RBI over his final 26
games with the Pirates June 24-July 28...Homered in his first game with the Tigers on August 1
at Tampa Bay -- first home run since April 7 at Cincinnati,
snapping a stretch of 193 at-bats with out a home run...Hit .286 (26x91) with five doubles, two home runs and
19 RBI in 28 games during August for the Tigers...Committed his first error of the season at first base on
September 26 versus Toronto -- flawless in 926 total
chances over his first 90 games of the season...Combined to hit .310 (31x100) with runners in scoring
position between Pittsburgh and Detroit...Belted two home runs during the World Series against
the Cardinals, matching a club record for home runs during a single post-season series...Collected three extra-base hits in Game Five of the World Series on October 27 at St. Louis -- became second
Tigers player to accomplish the feat, joining Hank Greenberg (October 7, 1945)...Batted .432 (16x37) in 10 games during the post-season, establishing the highest career post-season batting
average by a Tigers player...his .529 batting average
(9x17) in five games during the World Series established
a club record for highest batting average in a World
Led Cincinnati in hitting for the third consecutive season and for the sixth time in seven years...Ranked fifth among National League leaders in hitting...Also ranked second with a .369 batting average in day games, sixth in road batting average (.330) and seventh in batting average vs. LHP (.335)...Led the National League in GIDP (27)...Averaged one strikeout per 12.2 plate appearances, the sixth-best ratio in the league...Established club record for fewest errors (two) in a season by a first baseman (Dan Driessen, 3e, 1982) and tied the team record for highest fielding percentage in a season by a first baseman (.998; Driessen, 1982)...Led all National League first basemen with a .998 fielding percentage, making just two errors in 1210 total chances, but fell short in his bid to become the first Reds first baseman ever to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award...Became first Reds first baseman to lead the N.L. in fielding percentage since Hal Morris in 1992...Committed his only errors on 5/2 vs. St. Louis and 8/7 vs. Florida. ...Went a career-high 77 games between errors, the longest errorless streak by a National League first baseman in 2005 and fourth-longest in the majors...Also finished season with 31 consecutive errorless games...Batted .327 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in his final 99 games, beginning 5/18...Did not strike out in 73 straight plate appearances from 5/23 to 6/13, tying his career high set in 2004 (6/8-26)...Hit .387 between K's, raising batting average from .301 to .325...Hit his first home run on 4/30 @Milwaukee in his 85th at bat, the third-longest drought of his career to begin a season (103 AB in 2002 and 87 AB in 1998)...Missed games on 5/15 and 5/16 to attend a funeral...Produced four RBI and tied career high with five hits on 5/18 @New York (NL)...Homered twice and collected 10 total bases on 8/4 vs. Atlanta...Hit his first homer of the season at Great American Ball Park on 7/17 off Colorado's Jamey Wright (174th at bat at home)...Missed last 16 games after suffering the third concussion of his career; was struck on the right side of his face by the elbow of Humberto Cota on a play at first base in the first game of a doubleheader on 9/16 @PNC Park...Led club with 89 starts batting third but also hit second once (8/14 @MIL), fourth once (7/3 vs. Houston) and fifth 42 times...Made a total of 132 starts at first base and one as the designated hitter (6/14 @Boston)...Was Cincinnati's recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award and was the team's nominee for the Branch Rickey Award and The Sporting News
' Good Guy Award...Was one of 11 former and current Major League players to record a song on the "Oh Say Can You Sing?" CD (recorded a version of Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now?")...Acquired by Pittsburgh on 12/8.
Spent seventh straight season with Cincinnati...Was an All-Star for the third time and the winner of the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable Player...Received the BBWAA's "Good Guy Award" for the second time (also 1999)...Established career high in doubles, falling seven shy of the franchise single-season record (51; Frank Robinson in 1962, Pete Rose in 1978)..Led team and ranked among the National League leaders in multi-hit games (57, 5th), batting average (.324, 7th), doubles (44, T7th) hits (185, 9th), road BA (.361, 2nd), day BA (.362, 4th) and BA vs RHP (.332, 5th)...Struck out just once every 17.6 PA's, the third-best ratio in the N.L...Tied his career high in RBI and fell a homer shy of his career high...Reached base safely in 127 of his 146 games and hit safely in 107 of those contests...Made 142 starts @first base and one as the DH (6/7 @Oakland)...His double off starter Josh Phelps vs. Florida on 5/26 was the Reds' only hit...Singled with two outs in the 7th inning to snap Dontrelle Willis' bid for a perfect game on 6/2 @Florida (later scored the tying run and then snapped the 1-1 tie with a two-run homer off Matt Perisho in 9th inning for 3-1 victory)...Recorded 200th career double (off Chad Cordero) on 6/5 vs. Montreal...Went 73 straight plate appearances without striking out from 6/8-26 (tied for longest such streak in his career)...Tied career high with five hits and two homers in 12-inning, 6-4 victory on 6/23 @New York (NL); the two-run HR off John Franco was the 100th homer of his career...Left game on 6/27 vs. Pittsburgh with a strained right calf and missed 13 starts (6/29 thru 7/11)...Was on D.L. with the injury from 7/4-13. ...His fourth hit of the game on 8/5 at San Francisco, a two-run single off Merkin Valdez, was the 1,000th base hit of his career...Homered in 1-0 victory vs. St. Louis on 8/26...Ended season with just three hits in his last 24 at bats, dropping season batting average from .333 to .324...Had arthroscopic surgery to clean out his right knee on 10/5.
Led Reds in games, at bats, runs, hits, total bases (234), RBI, multi-hit games (42) and batting with runners in scoring position (.336)...Had a career-high four stolen bases in four attempts...Joined Jason LaRue as the only Cincinnati players to stay on the 25-man roster for the entire season...Was bothered by a sore left groin during the second half of the season, but hit .350 in his final 16 games to raise average from .285 to season-ending .291...Went 3-for-9 with a walk, two runs and one RBI in first two career starts batting leadoff (6/11 at Tampa Bay and 6/25 at St. Louis)...Missed two games on 7/2 & 7/3 @Pittsburgh while serving a suspension for his participation in a bench-clearing incident on 6/13 vs Philadelphia (was second career ejection; also 5/14/00).
Appeared in just 120 games during injury-plagued season...Was on disabled list twice with a torn teres minor muscle in his left shoulder (7/23 thru 8/8 and 9/9 thru the end of the season)...Made last start on 9/3 and his last appearance of the year as a pinch hitter on 9/7...Had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder (Dr. Timothy Kremchek) on 9/12...Missed four starts from 4/14-18 after he was hit on the right helmet ear flap by a Robert Person pitch...Made two rehab appearances with Louisville after first stint on D.L. and went 4-for-8 with a homer and three RBI...Hit safely in eight of his first nine games after returning from D.L. (.364 with five doubles), but then just .190 with one RBI in his last 18 games of the season...Had three doubles on 5/6 vs. Milwaukee - the first Reds batter with three doubles in a game since Hal Morris on 8/17/96 vs. Colorado (game two)...Also had three doubles on 8/10 vs. San Diego...Hit first home run on 5/7, in his 29th game, off Milwaukee's Glendon Rusch...Produced "walkoff" home run off Ricky Stone in the 10th-inning of a 2-1 victory on 8/18 vs. Houston; was his first career game-ending homer.
Was Cincinnati's lone All-Star representative...Missed 18 starts with a bruised left foot (two games), low back strain (two), bruised right elbow (one), a strained peroneal tendon in his left ankle (five) and a torn right calf muscle (eight)...Suffered the torn calf muscle on 9/28 vs. Montreal and didn't play again the rest of the season...Led club in games, batting average, runs, hits, doubles, RBI, road batting average (.339) and RISP batting average (.356)...Also led Reds with 117 starts batting cleanup...Recorded first hit at both Milwaukee's Miller Park (single off Jeff D'Amico on 4/6) and Pittsburgh's PNC Park (two-run HR off Todd Ritchie on 4/9) after ending the 2000 season with the last home run at Milwaukee's County Stadium...Autographed the lone bat he used for both hits for display in the National Baseball Hall of Fame...Went 9-for-14 with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in that first series at PNC Park, including a season-high four hits and five RBI in the inaugural game...Produced four hitting streaks of at least 10 games, including two 10-game streaks and a pair of season-high 12-gamers from 5/12-23 and 5/25 to 6/8)...Had those 12-game hitting streaks during a 25-game stretch from 5/12 to 6/8 during which he hit .370 and raised batting average from .324 to .345....Did not commit an errror in 61 games from 5/25 to 8/9...Recorded his 500th career hit on 6/6 @Milwaukee, a single off Jimmy Haynes...Hit .326 in 126 games thru the month of August, but just .188 in 19 games during the month of September...Had three hits in his last 30 at bats and seven hits in his last 49 at bats (.143)...Went homerless in his final 25 games (89 at bats). ...Produced season-high hitless skid of 19 at bats from 9/19-25.
His .372 batting average after the All-Star break led the National League and ranked second in the majors behind Kansas City's Johnny Damon (.386)...Led Cincinnati with a .367 average with runners in scoring position, the third-best mark in the National League...Produced career-high 21-game hitting streak from 7/4-30 (.403, 4 HR, 17 RBI) - the longest by a Reds player since Hal Morris ended the 1996 campaign with a 29-game streak...Led club with 41 multi-hit games, including seven three-hit games and a pair of four-hit games (7/14 @Colorado and 8/5 vs. Florida)...Began season on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right thumb suffered in Chattanooga during the last exhibition game of the spring...Was reinstated on 4/19 and hit just .213 in first 35 games thru the end of May...Batted .351 with 18 home runs and 76 RBI in his last 98 games, beginning on 6/1...Had a pair of 10-game hitting streaks (5/11-20 and 6/16-26)...Hit .307 in June, .369 in July, .349 in August and .378 in September/October...Led National League with 11 doubles during the month of July...Received first career ejection on 5/14 @Houston; was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Van Vleet for arguing balls and strikes...Had five home runs and 15 RBI in his final eight games, including the last homer at Milwaukee's County Stadium (three-run shot on 9/28 off Jeff D'Amico).
Spent first full season in the majors with Cincinnati and was named to his first All-Star team...Became first Reds first baseman with at least 25 home runs and 90 RBI since Tony Perez in 1974 (28/101)...Fell one RBI shy of becoming the first Reds first baseman with 100 RBI and 100 runs in a season since Ted Kluszewski in 1955 (116 runs/113 RBI)...Led the National League with 66 multi-hit games and a .356 batting average vs. RHP...Finished fourth in the N.L. batting race...Led the league in hitting for 54 days (last time on 8/7) in his bid to become Cincinnati's first batting champion since Pete Rose hit .338 in 1973...Also ranked among N.L. leaders in hits (fourth), doubles (sixth) and a .341 road batting average (fifth)...Ranked third among N.L. first basemen in fielding percentage...Committed just two errors in his first 88 games, including a season-high errorless streak of 67 games from 5/2 to 7/23...Fell one RBI shy of joining Greg Vaughn as the first Reds duo with 100 RBI in a season since 1977 (George Foster with 149 and Johnny Bench with 109)....Began season with a double and a single in his first two plate appearances and his batting average did not drop below .350 until his 403rd at bat of the season on 8/9...Hit .373 in his first 88 games thru 7/23 and .274 in his final 63 games...Had four hits (two home runs) on 5/19 @Colorado, including the 1,000th homer at Coors Field off Brian Bohanon)...Also produced career-high six RBI and five runs scored on 5/19...Had first career five-hit game on 6/6 @Kansas City, the first Reds' batter with five hits in a game since Kevin Mitchell on 8/3/94 @Atlanta...Recorded the 13th home run hit into the Bank One Ballpark swimming pool (off Andy Benes) on 6/23...Hit .384 in June, the third-best mark in the National League behind teammate Barry Larkin (.430) and Colorado's Larry Walker (.385)...Hit .371 with 17 homers and 57 RBI prior to the All-Star break, second in the N.L. to Larry Walker's .382 average...Batted .286 with eight home runs and 42 RBI after the break...Missed consecutive starts for the first time all season on 8/25 and 8/26; that brief rest followed a stretch in which he went 19-for-104 (.183) to drop batting average from a league-leading .374 on 7/24 to a season-low .330 on 8/24 (when he was taken out of the lineup he was in an 0-for-12 skid and a 1-for-18 slump)...Put together a nine-game hitting streak immediately after his return to the lineup on 8/26 and hit .338 in his last 35 games...Joined teammates Pete Harnisch, Barry Larkin and Eddie Taubensee on the cover of TV Guide's 10/3 issue.
Ranked among National League rookie leaders in walks (fourth), doubles (seventh), runs (eighth) and hits (ninth)...Was acquired by Cincinnati from Cleveland the day before Opening Day (3/30)...Began season with the Reds but on 4/2, after appearing in just two games, suffered an orbital fracture of his right eye and lacerations that required 20 stitches when during batting practice he was hit in the face with a ball thrown by Damian Jackson...Underwent surgery on 4/8 to repair four bones around the eye and to insert a plate with five screws that freed up muscles around the eye to allow normal motion and vision (Dr. Mark Cepela, Dr. Kevin Shumrick)...Began rehab assignment with Indianapolis on 4/30 and went 5-for-12 in three games...Was recalled from Indy and reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on 5/5...Made first major league start at first base that night @Montreal and recorded his first career three-hit game...Hit just .135 (5-for-37) in 16 games upon returning from D.L. (5-37) and was optioned back to Triple-A on 5/22...Went 1-for-28 at one stretch during that 16-game stint with the Reds, including a career-high 0-for-25 skid from 5/8-19. ...Connected off Clint Sodowsky for first big-league home run on 7/10 @Arizona...Tied a major league record with two doubles in the same inning (6th) and tied a modern N.L. record with two runs in the same frame on 8/7 vs. Milwaukee...Picked up lone hit off Andy Benes in a 5-0 loss on 9/13 vs. Arizona (a one-out single in the 9th inning)...Recorded first career triple on 9/19 @Wrigley Field and his first stolen base on 9/25 vs. Pittsburgh...Hit .325 with five home runs and 34 RBI in his last 36 games, raising batting average from .236 to .272...Batted .300 with seven homers and 43 RBI after the All-Star break and .290 in 78 games following his promotion on 6/19, when he became the Reds' regular first baseman...Made a team-high 79 starts at first base.
Combined to hit .380 in 82 games with Buffalo (Indians' AAA) and Akron (Indians' AA)...Led Cleveland organization in batting average and tied for fourth with 84 RBI, despite missing the first two months of the season with torn ligaments in his right wrist...Earned Eastern League Player-of-the-Week honors on two separate occasions (6/16-22 and 7/21-27)...Left Akron hitting .386, but did not have enough at bats to qualify for the Eastern League batting title...Was promoted to the Indians on 9/12...Made major league debut that night at Comiskey Park and recorded a single as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning off Chicago's Jeff Darwin in the Tribe's 9-0 win...Participated in the Arizona Fall League following the season and was an All-Star for Mesa...Hit .396 with nine doubles, two triples, three home runs and 34 RBI in 38 games.
Spent entire season with Kinston (Indians' A)...Led Carolina League and Indians organization in hitting...Also led circuit in slugging percentage, ranked second in on-base percentage and third in doubles..Was sidelined from 7/23 until the end of the season with a sprained left ankle.
Spent first professional season with Watertown (Indians' A) after being selected by Cleveland in the second round of the June draft...Led club in average and tied for second in the New York-Penn League in that department...Went 8-for-21 (.381) in his first seven games after signing contract.