Patrick Adams grew up on Tiger’s baseball and is still a fan. But the professional baseball player he looks up to most never wore the Old English D and played catch with him in the backyard of his family’s Warren home.
“As far as idols go, I would have to say it’s my dad,” says Adams, a Macomb alumnus and leftfielder with the Eastside Diamond Hoppers, part of the United Shores Professional Baseball League (USPBL). “My dad was drafted by the Chicago White Sox and played in the Giants’ organization as well. I have constantly picked his brain about the game since I was little.”
A De La Salle High School graduate who played football there and briefly (2 weeks) for Albion College, Adams enrolled at Macomb after deciding he preferred the baseball diamond to the gridiron. He joined the Monarchs’ baseball team during his first year, receiving an athletic scholarship to play the second.
“I wanted to go to Macomb because it was close to home and I would get a chance to play baseball,” says Adams. “I also had excellent professors and learned a great deal there. My academic experience at Macomb was great. It set me up for success while being affordable.”
After earning an Associate Degree in General Studies, Adams transferred to Wayne State University, where he majored in journalism and was a .341 hitter with the Wayne State Warriors. It was Wayne State’s head baseball coach who encouraged him to tryout for the Hoppers and Adams began his professional baseball career in the USPBL this year.
“Playing for the Hoppers is like a dream come true,” he acknowledges. “Having the chance to continue playing baseball and it being so close to home is something I do not take for granted. My first season is going well. I have played consistently and learned on the fly how to be a professional, in terms of routine and work ethic.”
The Hoppers play three, sometimes four, games a week and practice most non-game days.
“Monday is technically a league-wide off day,” says Adams, “but everyone is still hitting, throwing and lifting.”
That perseverance is what Adams hopes may lead to being picked up by an affiliated team, priming him for a spot in the majors. Considering that 20 of its players have been drafted by major league teams since the USPBL was founded in 2016, it’s more than a longshot. Still, he plans on returning to Wayne State to finish his degree and is looking at other baseball-related options.
“After I finish playing, I would love get into coaching, especially at the college level,” says Adams. “I know that playing baseball at Macomb is directly correlated to any success I have had in the game. I had the opportunity to play every day and develop more than I ever did before.”