Adam Piatt

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Adam Piatt
Outfielder
Born: (1976-02-08) February 8, 1976 (age 38)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 24, 2000 for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 2003 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Career statistics
Batting average .248
Home runs 16
Runs batted in 65
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 1999 Minor League Player of the Year
  • 1999 Minor League Triple Crown

Adam David Piatt (born February 8, 1976, in Chicago, Illinois) is a former professional baseball outfielder for the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the Major Leagues from 2000 to 2003.

Piatt had a successful college career at Mississippi State University (MSU), helping lead the Bulldogs to multiple NCAA Tournament appearances. Piatt led the MSU team in 1996 with a .370 batting average. Piatt played mostly at third base for MSU and was named to the second team All-Southeastern Conference unit in 1997, when the Bulldogs reached the College World Series. He chose to leave school early after that, and signed a professional contract. Piatt finished his education at MSU, earning Cum Laude honors from MSU's Business School.

Piatt's best year was 1999 when he won the triple crown and minor league player of the year award at third base. He became an outfielder because of the A's present third baseman, Eric Chavez, and that was the only opening on the A's. He hit .299 in 60 games in 2000 with 5 home runs and 5 triples. In 2001, he got viral meningitis, but survived. He was designated for assignment by the A's in August 2003 and was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay. In 2004, he went to Cleveland, but retired before the season.

Piatt was once featured in a commercial for K-Swiss shoes.

In the Mitchell Report, Piatt admitted to having used steroids. Piatt said that former A's teammate F. P. Santangelo had told him about a man who could give Piatt human growth hormone (HGH). Piatt (who was trying to come back from viral meningitis) received HGH and testosterone from Kirk Radomski and used them in the 2002–2003 off-season. After using them, he said he "did not love the game when he used them" and that he had learned a life lesson. Piatt told all of this to Mitchell during their meeting. Former Senator George Mitchell commended Piatt for his honesty, and for being one of the few players to come forward to discuss the league's performance enhancing drug use.

Piatt now lives in his hometown of Cape Coral. He is a Certified Financial Planner at UBS Financial Services.

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