Posts Tagged ‘Adam Ricks’

Jack Of All Trades

Adam Ricks will probably not play in the major leagues.  There are three reasons: one, he will be 26 years old this month; two, he has played 23 games above the Class A Advanced level in five minor league seasons; and three, he OPSed .406 for Charlotte (AAA, International) in 22 of those games last season.

But even if Ricks doesn’t get to The Show eventually, he will be able to look back on his minor league career and note that he once accomplished something unusual: on August 31, 2008, as a member of the Winston-Salem Warthogs, he played all nine defensive positions.

Ricks began the game behind the plate, his natural position, and moved right-to-left around the diamond, starting at first base in the second inning.

“Our manager does it every year and I was the lucky one to do it this year,” he said. “I’m not sure why he picked me, probably because he thought I could do it. He asked me yesterday before the game if I wanted to do it and when. I had a lot of fun with it.”

You could argue that the manager, Tim Blackwell, is making a mockery of the game by making this an annual event, but I disagree.  The Warthogs had already wrapped up a spot in the playoffs, so the pressure to Win-Win-Win was taking the day off, and I’m sure this is Blackwell’s way of reminding the players – most of whom are kids in their early twenties – how lucky they are to be playing baseball for a living. It’s the sort of thing a good boss does from time to time.

As for why he chose Ricks, I think that was already answered above.  He’s a veteran player who has spent parts of the past three seasons with the team and unless he does something special next year, this might have been one of his last opportunities to make some positive memories as a professional baseball player.  No matter what, from reading the article, it sounds like he succeeded.