A season in the life of Nick Swisher

ESPN Motion: Nick talks about his roller-coaster of a season.

What's life like for a young ballplayer in the major leagues? With "Sophomore Year," ESPN.com tells the season-long story of Nick Swisher, the second-year outfielder/first baseman for the Oakland A's.

Swisher, 25, was an A's first-round pick (16th overall) out of Ohio State in 2002 in the draft made famous by the Michael Lewis book, "Moneyball." He made his major-league debut with the A's on Sept. 3, 2004, and last season he led all American League rookies in RBIs (74) and tied Tampa Bay's Jonny Gomes for the AL rookie lead in home runs (21).

The switch-hitting Swisher is the son of former major-league catcher Steve Swisher, who played for the Cubs, Cardinals and Padres from 1974-82. Nick resides in Parkersburg, W. Va., in the offseason.

Check back each week as ESPN.com chronicles Swisher's "Sophomore Year" through ESPN Motion and occasional text pieces.

Text pieces
Aug. 22: It may be the dog days of August, but Nick is loving it.
June 6: Nick remembers what it was like getting drafted in 2002.
May 23: Nick talks about his successful second season.