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Melhuse with the Texas Rangers
March 27, 1972 |
Santa Clara, California
|June 16, 2000, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 2008, for the Colorado Rockies|
|Runs batted in||98|
Adam Michael Melhuse (born March 27, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers. He is now a minor league manager in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim system.
- 1 High school, college years
- 2 Major League Baseball career
- 3 References
- 4 External links
High school, college years
Major League Baseball career
Melhuse collected his first career hit on August 24, 2000, in the 12th inning of an unusual game between the Rockies and Atlanta Braves. Out of pitchers, Rockies manager, Buddy Bell, asked injured catcher, Brent Mayne, who was unable to swing a bat due to a sprained left wrist, if he could pitch. Mayne pitched the 12th inning and held the Braves scoreless. The following inning, with two outs and the bases loaded, Melhuse, pinch hitting for Mayne, singled over the shortstop's head to win the game.
On January 5, 2007 Melhuse signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics.
On June 9, 2007, Melhuse was traded by the Athletics to the Texas Rangers for cash. Adam's career as a Texas Ranger was short-lived. The Rangers traded for Jarrod Saltalamacchia (a catcher) on July 31, 2007, which lessened Melhuse's playing time. Melhuse was designated for assignment on August 23, 2007, and would later be released.
Oakland Athletics again
He re-signed with the Athletics for his second stint in 2007 on September 1 when rosters were expanded. Despite being on the Athletics for a second go-around in September, Melhuse sat on the bench the whole time and did not get into a game. He declared free agency on October 8, 2007, though not before being outrighted to the minors on October 5.
Texas Rangers again
on January 11, 2008 Melhuse signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Texas Rangers. He made the team out of spring training as a backup to starting catcher Gerald Laird, but injured his hand in a game against the Detroit Tigers on April 24, resulting in his release.
Colorado Rockies again
In late June 2008, Melhuse signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies and was called up on August 14, 2008. On August 30, 2008, Melhuse was called up to the Rockies from the Triple-A Sky Sox to replace Yorvit Torrealba who was placed on the DL.
Texas Rangers again
On May 8, 2009, he signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
On June 17, 2009 Melhuse announced his retirement.
Melhuse is now an advanced scout with MLB.