Rick Adair

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Rick Adair was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 1979 amateur draft and played seven seasons in the minors before his career was ended by elbow injuries.

Since then, he has spent most of his career as a minor league pitching coach. He was a minor league coach for the Cleveland Indians from 1986 to 1991, then a member of the major league coaching staff in 1992 and 1993. Adair was with the San Diego Padres organization in 1994, then joined the Detroit Tigers in 1995. He was a AAA pitching coach and minor league pitching coordinator, then was a big league coach from 1997 to 1999. From there he moved to the Atlanta Braves for three years as a minor league pitching instructor.

Adair spent 2003 as the pitching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays' Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, before being named Minor League Pitching Coordinator for the Texas Rangers. On December 3, 2008 Adair was named Major League Pitching Coach for the Seattle Mariners, returning to the organization that drafted him, under new manager Don Wakamatsu, in 2009. He was fired after the 2010 season and then found work as bullpen coach of the Baltimore Orioles under Buck Showalter in 2011. On June 14th of that year, he was promoted to pitching coach when Mark Connor retired. He took a leave of absence from the job for personal reasons in 2013 and decided not return after the season.

Adair is the nephew of former big leaguer Art Fowler and a cousin to Wayne Tolleson and Mike Tolleson (first cousin, once removed). He is therefor also related to Steve Tolleson. He is the father of Travis Adair. He primarily wore number 24.

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