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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Steve Adams had bad inning in 1990 game, played six seasons

Steve Adams 1990 Harrisburg Senators card

Steve Adams had a bad inning in this May 1990 game. It cost him four runs, according to The Schenectady Daily Gazette.

Three of those runs came off the bat of Mitch Lyden, who had had success against Adams' Harrisburg Senators before, The Daily Gazette wrote.

"I don't know exactly why," Adams told The Daily Gazette of his success. "(Adams) threw a slider a little up and out over the plate. He got behind some guys that inning, and we took advantage of it."

Adams went 7-8 overall for the Senators that year, with a 3.84 ERA. It was his fifth season as a pro. He got into just one more.

Adams' career began in 1986, signed by the Pirates as an undrafted free agent out of Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

He started for the Pirates at short-season Watertown. In 16 outings there, 11 starts, he went 4-3, with a 2.73 ERA.

Adams played 1987 between single-A Salem and Macon, getting 20 outings between them. In 1988, he played largely back at Salem, getting a first brief look at AA Harrisburg. He had a 4.61 ERA between them.

In 1989, he played at Harrisburg full time. In 28 outings, 12 starts, he had a 3.94 ERA and an 8-2 record. In a May game, he combined with Stan Belinda on a four-hitter. That September, Adams alone threw a three-hitter for a Harrisburg playoff win.

Adams returned to Harrisburg again for 1990. This time, he got 26 outings, 21 starts. His ERA came in at 3.84, with a 7-8 record.

His final season came in 1991, back at AA for the Pirates at Carolina. He got just eight outings, one start. He went 2-2, with a 3.92 ERA. The Pirates released him on his birthday, ending his career.
Steve Adams 1990 Harrisburg Senators card

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,699
Made the Majors: 818 - 48.2%
Never Made Majors: 881-51.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 356
10+ Seasons in the Minors:205

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