The MLB Network studios just got a lot more touchy-feely. . .

Mike Sweeney was traded to the Phillies in August 2010 and played in the NLDS. (Mark Duncan/AP Photo)

This popped into my email while I was driving back from Clearwater yesterday (18 hours, 3 stops, plus an hour-long delay for an accident south of DC). I figured people would be all over it, but unless my browser cache is acting up, I haven't seen it posted anywhere local. 

Anyway, MLB Network PR department, take it away!

Five-time American League All-Star Mike Sweeney has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst. Sweeney will make his debut on MLB Tonight today, Wednesday, March 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Sweeney joins former MLBers Larry Bowa, Eric Byrnes, Sean Casey, Ron Gant, John Hart, Jim Kaat, Al Leiter, Mike Lowell, Joe Magrane, Kevin Millar, Jerry Manuel, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Billy Ripken, John Smoltz, Dave Valle and Mitch Williams as analysts at MLB Network.

A first baseman and designated hitter, Sweeney batted .297 with 215 home runs and 909 RBI in his 16-year career. Sweeney made his first of four consecutive American League All-Star teams in 2000, a season where he hit 29 home runs and drove in 144 RBI. Sweeney spent the first 13 years of his career with the Kansas City Royals (1995-2007) before joining the Oakland Athletics (2008), Seattle Mariners (2009-2010) and the Philadelphia Phillies (2010). Sweeney was the recipient of the 2007 Hutch Award, presented annually to an MLB player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire of former MLB pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson.

Who wants a hug?