Sunday, March 21, 2010

1976 Topps #389 - Glenn Adams

  • Glenn Adams played major league baseball from 1975-1982. Adams was the first round draft pick of the Houston Astros in 1968. Glenn progressed through Houston's minor league system and steadily improved as a hitter. Adams played in the minors from 1968-1971 but was released by the Astros before the 1972 season. Glenn signed with the San Francisco Giants before the 1973 season. He played in AA ball in 1973 and then tore up the Pacific Coast League in 1974. Adams led the PCL in batting average and knocked in 105 runs for the AAA Phoenix Giants.

  • Adams started the 1975 season with Phoenix. After batting .299 in 19 games he was brought up to San Francisco as a 27-year-old rookie and batted .300 in 90 at bats. Glenn was a good hitter but wasn't a good glove man. The Giants didn't have a place for him since he couldn't play the field well. In 1976 Adams batted .243 in 74 at bats, mostly as a pinch hitter. After the 1976 season Glenn was sold to the Minnesota Twins.

  • Glenn played most of the remainder of his career as a DH. Adams batted .338 in 95 games in 1977. On June 26, 1977 Adams had eight RBI in one game. In 1978 Glenn tailed off and batted .258 in 116 games. He bounced back in 1979 by batting .301 in 119 games. He didn't have a whole lot of power -- he usually hit 6-9 homers a year and was in the teens in doubles every year.

  • In 1980 Glenn had his last productive season. He batted .286 in 99 games for the Twins. Adams had a big drop-off in 1981 and batted .209 in 72 games. After the 1981 season Glenn became a free agent and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training in 1982. The Blue Jays sent Adams to AAA Syracuse where he batted .330. Adams was brought up at the end of July and batted .258 in 30 games at DH. Glenn retired after the 1982 season.

  • After his playing career Adams managed in the Cleveland Indians organization from 1986-1988. He then was the minor league hitting coordinator for the Twins from 1989-1994. Adams then moved to the Chicago Cubs organization as the hitting coach for their AAA Iowa Cubs from 1995-2000. Glenn was the minor league hitting coordinator for the Seattle Mariners from 2001-2006. He has been the hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers' Erie Sea Wolves since 2007.

  • Liked to face: Dave Stieb (.563 in 16 AB); Dan Spillner (.500 in 22 AB); Brian Kingman (.417 in 24 AB)
  • Hated to face: Bruce Kison (.000 in 10 AB); Len Barker (.050 in 20 AB); Milt Wilcox (.100 in 30 AB)

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