Friday, June 17, 2011

Player Profile: Steve Adkins

I have three cards of Steve Adkins. This one is from 1991 Topps Debut.

Playing career: Steve Adkins started five games for the 1990 Yankees. In his major league debut, he started the game and was taken out in the second inning while pitching a no-hitter, because he walked eight batters, including the last five in a row. He also gave up Cecil Fielder’s 50th home run, at a time when hitting 50 home runs in a season meant something.

My memories: This is how much I blanked on that awful 1990 season for the Yankees: I didn’t know Fielder even hit his 50th against the Yankees until after the season, and I didn’t know about Adkins’s wild debut until writing this piece.

Where he is now: For someone who got a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and played major league baseball for the New York Yankees, he sure does keep a low profile. Anyone know where he is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you Google Steve Adk, ahead of Steve Adkisson, an author who writes about running. When you Google Steve Adkins, before you get the ballplayer you get an international trade attorney in Washington, DC and the wrestler better known as Seth Skyfire.

Coming up next: the next profile will be Troy Afenir.

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