Posted: Aug 1, 2012 4:29 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2012 9:37 PM
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS - Mike Adams, former Texas A&M-Kingsville pitcher who is now with the Texas Rangers, will be inducted into the Javelina Hall of Fame on February 1 in the Memorial Student Union Building ballrooms.
It will be the third major honor for Adams from his alma mater within a year. His number retired and he received a lifetime membership in the Javelina Alumni Association in January.
Adams, from Sinton, was recruited by the Javelinas as a basketball player but switched over to baseball his sophomore season. He pitched in 1999-01. He was named the Lone Star Conference pitcher of the year, made the All-Lone Star Conference first team and was on the NCAA Division II All-South Central Region squad.
Adams signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001 and made his major league debut in 2004. He received the Brewers top newcomer award in 2004.
Adams did stints with the New York Mets and Cleveland Indians before being traded to the San Diego Padres in 2006. With the Padres, he became one of the top relievers in Major League Baseball.
In 2008, Adams pitched 65.1 innings and had a 2.48 earned run average while striking out 74. He had a 0.73 ERA in 2009 while pitching 37 innings and recording 45 strikeouts.
The 2010 season in San Diego saw Adams pitching 66.2 innings and compiling a 1.76 ERA with 73 strikeouts. Last year with the Padres and Texas Rangers, he pitched 73.2 innings and had a 1.47 ERA with 74 strikeouts.
Adams has been the South Texas professional baseball player of the year for the past two seasons.
He becomes the first announced inductee into the 2012 Javelina Hall of Fame. The remaining individual and team inductees will be announced later. The 2012 induction has been moved to February 1 to allow Adams and other inductees who cannot attend the ceremony in the fall to attend.
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