Born: January 21, 1959|
Died: October 28, 2011 (aged 52)|
Rancho Cucamonga, California
|September 15, 1982, for the California Angels|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 5, 1985, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Runs batted in||16|
Ricky Lee Adams (January 21, 1959 – October 28, 2011) was a professional baseball player who played three seasons for the California Angels and San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. In a three season career, Adams had a batting average of .215 and four home runs.
On June 7, 1977 he was drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round, as the 14th pick, of the 1977 amateur draft. They released him April 4, 1980 after three years in the Astros farm system. On May 2, 1980 he signed as a free agent with the California Angels.
Adams made his debut with the Angels on September 15, 1982, a loss to the Chicago White Sox. Adams came into the game in the bottom of the 5th inning, replacing Tim Foli at shortstop. He did not get a chance to bat, however, being pulled for pinch hitter Daryl Sconiers in the top of the 7th inning. Adams played in 64 games for the Angels over the next two seasons, primarily on the left side of the infield. He spent all of 1984 in the minor leagues and was granted free agency on October 15. He would sign with the San Francisco Giants on December 25. Adams played in 54 games for the Giants, and would end his career with 75 games for Angels affiliates in 1987.