A power hitter with excellent plate discipline, Swisher hit at least 20 home runs in each of nine consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2013 and reached 75 bases on balls on seven occasions in that span.Swisher is the son of former MLB catcher Steve Swisher, who played for various National League baseball clubs in the 1970s and 1980s.Swisher got 3 hits and an RBI during the series as the Oakland A's performed a 3-game sweep against the Twins to advance to the ALCS.
Swisher was a two-sport star at Parkersburg High School in football and baseball as well as a letterman in basketball.
The Oakland A's lacked both Dan Johnson and Erubiel Durazo for a large portion of the 2006 season, leaving room for Swisher to move back into his preferred position on a temporary basis.
During the season, Swisher wrote a column for about his various baseball experiences called Sophomore Year.
He was an All-Big Ten selection as a first baseman as a sophomore in 2001, after hitting .322 with 56 RBI and a league-leading 15 home runs.
He earned All-Big Ten honors as an outfielder in 2002, after batting .348 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI.
To top it off, Jo Anna, who is fluent in Spanish, donates her time to teach English as a second language to kids in LA.