Adam Rosales

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Adam Rosales
Adam Rosales on July 1, 2014.jpg
Rosales with the Texas Rangers
Free agent
Born: (1983-05-20) May 20, 1983 (age 32)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 9, 2008 for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
(through August 12, 2015)
Batting average .227
Home runs 27
Runs batted in 106

Adam Marcos Rosales (born May 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball infielder who is currently a free agent. He has also played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers.

Early and personal life[edit]

Rosales, who is of Mexican-American descent,[1] attended Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, where he received All-State honors, and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[2]

As a young player in amateur baseball, Rosales was a member of a 13-year-old travel baseball team called The Diamonds. The Diamond's team, coached by Pete Podgorski won several tournaments including the 13-year-old division Championship tournament game at Thillens Stadium.

Rosales' wife Callie gave birth to a daughter, Juliet, in June 2014.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Rosales during his tenure with the Cincinnati Reds in 2009 spring training

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

He made his Major League debut as a pinch hitter for the Cincinnati Reds on August 9, 2008.[5] Rosales was recalled from Louisville on August 20 following the injury of Jerry Hairston, Jr.[6]

Rosales began the 2009 season with the Triple-A Louisville Bats after failing to earn a spot on the Reds' roster. He was called up on April 28 following the placement of Edwin Encarnacion on the 15-day disabled list.[7] He was sent back to the minors exactly two months later.[8]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Rosales playing for the Oakland Athletics in 2011

On February 1, 2010, Rosales was traded along with Willy Taveras to the Oakland Athletics for Aaron Miles and a player to be named later.[9] In his first three years with the A's, Rosales batted .234 with a .292 on-base percentage in 415 at-bats, 11 home runs, 47 RBIs, and two stolen bases in four attempts.[10]

On November 30, 2012, Rosales avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $700,000 deal with the A's.[11] He began 2013 on the disabled list, and was activated on April 25, replacing Andy Parrino.[12] On May 8, 2013, Rosales hit what appeared to be a game tying home run, but was ruled a double despite the ball hitting a railing in left field and bouncing back onto the field. Umpire Ángel Hernández reviewed the play and upheld the original ruling as a double. Following the controversial call, manager Bob Melvin was ejected for arguing and the A's lost to the Cleveland Indians 4–3.[13] Rosales got a lot of starting time at shortstop with Jed Lowrie playing second base against left-handed pitchers. However, after a long run of facing right-handed starters and the emergence of Grant Green, Rosales was designated for assignment on July 8.[14] After Green struggled in his first stint in the majors, Rosales was called up to replace him on July 24.[15][16] When the Athletics acquired Alberto Callaspo on July 31, coincidentally for Green, Rosales was designated for assignment, starting his 11-day journey.

Designated for assignment three times in 11 days[edit]

Rosales was designated for assignment on July 31, and on August 2, Rosales was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers.[17] Rosales did not appear in any games for the Rangers prior to being designated for assignment on August 5 to make room for Joey Butler. On August 8, Rosales was claimed by the Athletics.[18] He played in one game with Oakland before they once again designated him for assignment on August 10, and once again he was claimed by the Texas Rangers on August 12.[19] In 51 games for Oakland in 2013, Rosales hit .191/.267/.316 with 4 HR and 8 RBI.

Texas Rangers[edit]

Rosales started twice for the Rangers in 2013, but was mostly used off the bench in his 17 games. In 68 games in 2013, Rosales hit .190/.259/.327 with 5 HR and 12 RBI.

On November 14, Rosales signed a one-year, $750,000 deal to avoid arbitration with the Rangers for 2014.[20] He was designated for assignment on March 30, 2014.[21] He was called up to the majors on June 30, 2014.[22] He was non-tendered on December 2, 2014 and became a free agent but re-signed on January 5, 2015.[23] He was designated for assignment yet again on August 19, 2015,[24][25] and released four days later.[26]


  1. ^ Shore, Elena (July 30, 2010). "Oakland A's Boost Their Latino Roster". The Bay Citizen. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ Castle, George (June 14, 2013). "Rosales bleeds A's green and gold, but roots are a close Park Ridge family" (PDF). Chicago Baseball Museum. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ Harrington, Joe (June 20, 2014). "Rosales days away from being a dad". Austin American Statesman. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (June 30, 2014). "New father Rosales called up to Rangers". Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Moehler's solid outing, Tejada's homer carry Astros by Reds". Associated Press. August 10, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Reds place Hairston on DL, release Ross". Bangor Daily News. August 21, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2015 – via Google News. 
  7. ^ McCoy, Hal (April 28, 2009). "Encarnacion DLed, Rosales called up". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ McCoy, Hal (June 28, 2009). "Weak-hitting Rosales shipped back to Louisville". Springfield News-Sun. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ Olney, Buster (February 1, 2010). "Reds acquire Miles in trade with A's". Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Lee, Jane (November 30, 2012). "Barton, Rosales sign one-year deals with A's". Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  12. ^ Gimore, Eric (April 26, 2013). "Orioles cruise to rare rout in Oakland". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  13. ^ Ortiz, Jorge L. (May 9, 2013). "Blown HR call after replay review leaves A's furious". USA Today. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  14. ^ Hickey, John (July 8, 2013). "Oakland A's call up second base prospect Grant Green". San Jose Mercury News. 
  15. ^ Lee, Jane (July 24, 2013). "A's recall infielder Rosales to boost defense". Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  16. ^ Kirshman, Jeff (July 25, 2013). "Rosales aims to boost offensive production". Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Texas Rangers Receive INF Adam Rosales on Waiver Claim from Oakland". Rangers Press Release. August 2, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ "A's claim Adam Rosales off waivers from Rangers". CSN Bay Area. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Adam Rosales is back on the Texas Rangers after waiver claim". August 12, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  20. ^ Calcaterra, Craig (November 14, 2013). "The Rangers and Adam Rosales avoid arbitration, sign a one-year, $750K deal". NBC Sports. 
  21. ^ Simon, Andrew (March 30, 2014). "Darvish to DL as Rangers set Opening Day roster". Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Rangers purchase contract of INF Adam Rosales from Round Rock, option INF Luis Sardinas to Round Rock". June 30, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Adam Rosales, Juan Carlos Oviedo agree to deals with Rangers". Associated Press. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Rangers recall IF Alberto, activate RHP Scheppers". Associated Press. August 19, 2015. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  25. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (August 19, 2015). "Rosales designated, infielder Alberto recalled". Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  26. ^ Zúñiga, Alejandro (August 23, 2015). "Rosales clears waivers, will be released". Retrieved August 24, 2015. 

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