Nick Swisher serves as a sideline reporter on NBC's new alternative series "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge."
Swisher is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman. He was a switch hitter who threw left-handed and played for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves. Swisher won the 2009 World Series with the Yankees against the Philadelphia Phillies and was an All-Star in 2010. A power hitter with excellent plate discipline, Swisher hit at least 20 home runs in nine consecutive seasons from 2005-13 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 teams in the 1970s and 1980s. Swisher was born in Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Before his professional career, Swisher played college baseball for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Drafted by the A's in the 2002 MLB draft, Swisher made his debut with the Athletics in 2004 and played for the team through 2007.
After spending one year with the White Sox in 2008, the Yankees acquired Swisher prior to the start of the 2009 campaign. He played in New York for four years before signing with the Cleveland Indians prior to the 2013 season.