Sean Casey, nicknamed “The Mayor,” is the former Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, and Boston Red Sox. He is currently a broadcaster and commentator for the MLB Network.
During his tenure in Cincinnati, and later in Pittsburgh and Detroit, Casey was regarded as approachable and friendly, and thus received his nickname, “The Mayor,” which came from his reputation for chatting casually with every runner who made it to first base, and also from his very public charity work. On May 16, 2007, Casey was voted in 2007 as “the friendliest player in baseball” by fellow players in a Sports Illustrated poll.
Sean Casey was signed to the Cincinnati Reds through the 2006 season, however, he was traded December 6, 2005 to his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed pitcher Dave Williams. During an injury plagued 2006 season, Casey hit .296 with three home runs and 29 RBI in 59 games for the Pirates.
On July 31, 2006, Casey was traded to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Brian Rogers. During the 2006 American League Championship Series against the Oakland Athletics he partially tore his left calf muscle in Game 1. After coming back from his torn calf in Game 2 of the World Series, he became the hottest hitter for the Tigers, belting 2 home runs and batting in five games. His .432 batting average was one of the best in Tigers postseason history.
Casey has made the sports news for his charitable work almost as often as his fieldwork. He has been active in Big Brothers and Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as the “Casey’s Crew” program, where he provided free high-priced tickets to disadvantaged youth. His charitable foundation, Casey’s Clubhouse, works to raise funds for the Pirates Charities Miracle League of the South Hills, carrying on the mission statement of all Miracle League fields: “Every Child Deserves A Chance to Play Baseball.” Casey credits his Christian upbringing, in Pittsburgh’s affluent Upper St. Clair suburb, for his generosity.
Sean Casey is a lifelong Catholic and is featured in the film series Champions of Faith which shows how faith shapes Major Leaguers. He is actively involved with the Catholic Athletes for Christ.