Louis William "Sweet Lou" Merloni (born April 6, 1971 in Framingham, Massachusetts) is a former Major League Baseball player. Events 46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato in the Battle of Thapsus Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. Framingham is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. Merloni played for his hometown Boston Red Sox from 1998-2003. The Boston Red Sox are a Professional baseball team based in Boston Massachusetts, and are the reigning (2007 World Series Champions. Merloni is well-known locally for his frequent trips between the Red Sox and their Triple-A affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox, which has become known as the "Merloni Shuttle" . The Pawtucket Red Sox (known colloquially as the PawSox) are the Minor league baseball Triple-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox and belong to He has also played for the San Diego Padres, the Cleveland Indians, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego California since their founding in 1969 The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are a professional baseball team based in Anaheim, California. After beginning the 2006 season at AAA, Merloni was called up to the Indians on May 17, 2006. Events 1521 - Edward Stafford 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for Treason. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
Merloni was a replacement player during the 1994 Major League Baseball strike and is therefore barred from membership in the Major League Baseball Players Association. In Professional sports, a replacement player is an athlete who is not a member of the league's players association and plays during a labor dispute such as a The 1994 Major League baseball strike was the eighth work stoppage in Baseball history as well as the fourth in-season work stoppage The Major League Baseball Players Association (or MLBPA) is the union of professional major-league baseball players
Merloni signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics for the 2007 season. The Oakland Athletics are a professional baseball team based in Oakland, California. The 2007 Major League Baseball season was the 107th since the initial co-existence of the American and National Leagues It began on April 1 He played the season for the A's AAA affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats. Part of the History of baseball series Minor league baseball is a hierarchy of Professional baseball leagues in North The Sacramento River Cats are a Minor league baseball team based in Sacramento, California. Merloni was chosen as the Most Valuable Player in the 2007 Bricktown Showdown, leading the River Cats over the Richmond Braves by a final score of 7-1. The Bricktown Showdown is a single championship game held annually between the league champions of the International League (IL and Pacific Coast League (PCL The Richmond Braves were the AAA Minor league baseball affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and played in the International League. He was also voted Best Defensive Player and Best Teammate for the 2007 season. Merloni contributed a home run and 4 RBIs in the game. Before the game, Merloni was chosen as the River Cats' team Captain. 
In the offseasons of 1996 and 1997, Merloni served as a substitute gym teacher at Framingham High School, were he attended high school
Beginning in March 2008, Merloni began appearing on WEEI-AM's "Big Show" as a co-host. WEEI is a sports Radio station in Boston Massachusetts that broadcasts on 850 kHz from a transmitter in Needham Massachusetts.
Beginning May 27,2008, Merloni will join the New England Sports Network (NESN) as a commentator on the Red Sox pre-game and post-game shows. .