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Adam Klein (baseball)

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Adam Klein
Adam Klein - Gary Southshore Railcats.jpg
Adam Klein - Outfielder
Oakland Athletics – No. 36
Born: (1983-08-21) August 21, 1983 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MiLB debut
2007, for the Oakland Athletics
MiLB statistics
(through 2013)
Batting average.283
On-Base Percentage.408
Base on Balls473
Stolen Bases181
  • Oakland Athletics 2007–2008
  • Joliet Jackhammers 2009
  • Gary Southshore Railcats 2010–2013
Career highlights and awards
  • 2013 American Association MVP Championship Series
  • 2013 American Association Base on Balls League Leader
  • 2012 American Association Base on Balls League Leader
  • 2010 Gary Southshore Railcats Record for Games Played in a Single-Season
  • 2009 Northern League Base on Balls League Leader
  • 2007 Minor League Baseball On-Base Percentage Leader
  • 2007 Oakland Athletics Organization Stolen Bases Leader
  • 2007 Arizona League On-Base Percentage, Runs, and Base on Balls League Leader
  • 2007 NCAA Division II Record for Base on Balls in a Single-Season

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Adam Benjamin Klein (born August 21, 1983) is a former American professional baseball player for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. Adam was drafted by the Athletics in the 48th round of the 2007 MLB Draft, out of California State University, Los Angeles, where he played in the NCAA Division II College World Series.[1][2]. Adam played seven seasons of professional baseball, hitting .283 with a .408 on-base percentage[3]. In his first professional season, he led the entire minor leagues in on-base percentage (.477) and the Oakland Athletics organization in stolen bases (33)[4]. In his final season, Adam received the MVP award of the American Association championship series, helping his team win their third championship in franchise history[5].

Early Life[edit]

Adam was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the son of Jim and Terry Klein[6]. He attended Crossroads School, graduating in 2001. After Crossroads, Adam went to Los Angeles Pierce College and later transferred to California State University, Los Angeles. Klein, being an LA native, grew up a Los Angeles Dodgers fan[7]. However, one of his favorite players growing up was Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins, because of his small height and ability to overcome numerous obstacles throughout his career[8].

Amateur Career[edit]

Adam Klein began his college career at Los Angeles Pierce College where he batted .371 with a .479 on-base percentage[9]. He transferred to California State University, Los Angeles in 2005, where he received a full scholarship and played two seasons prior to getting drafted by the Oakland Athletics[10][11][12]. At California State University, Los Angeles, Klein broke all kinds of records, achieved a multitude of awards, and played in the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament. In 2007, he led the NCAA Division II with 69 walks, which still remains both a school and conference (CCAA) record. He also hit .341 with a .498 on-base percentage and 63 runs scored. He earned Daktronics All-West Region First-Team honors and was named to the NCAA Division II West Regional All-Tournament Team. Head Coach, Pat Shine, said "he's the best leadoff hitter I've ever coached"[13][14][15]. At the same time, Klein graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a 3.9 GPA and Magna Cum Laude Honors[12].

Professional Career[edit]


Adam Klein led his team by playing in 45 games for the AZL Athletics in the Arizona Rookie League where he also led all of minor league baseball with a .477 on-base percentage and the Oakland A's organization with 33 stolen bases. At the same time, he broke and continues to hold the single-season record in the Arizona League for base on balls (58), on-base percentage (.477), and stolen bases (33), while coming in 2nd place with runs scored (51)[16][4].


Adam played for both Single-A Kane County Cougars and Double-A Midland Rockhounds for a combined 86 games. He batted .313 with a .467 on-base percentage for Double-A Midland and .271 with a .420 on-base percentage for Single-A Kane County. Adam ranked 4th in the Midwest League in on-base percentage and 2nd in base on balls with 68 in 79 games[3][17].


Adam played for the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League. He batted .258 with a .369 on-base percentage and 32 stolen bases, leading the Northern League with 58 base on balls in 94 games played[18]. Also, he was one of the league's top defensive center fielders with 10 outfield assists[19].


Adam was traded prior to the season to the Gary Southshore Railcats and made an immediate impact for the team. He was the first player in Railcats history to play in every regular season game and set the team record with 100 games played. He had 119 hits, tying fellow teammate, Mike Massaro, for the Railcats single-season team record and finished the season with a .299 batting average and a .380 on-base percentage, while stealing 29 bases - second most in team history[19].


Adam played his second season with the Gary Southshore Railcats, batting .299 and leading the team with a .423 on-base percentage. He ranked in the top 15 in the American Association in runs scored, base on balls, and on-base percentage while setting the single-season franchise record with 75 runs scored and 71 walks. He also hit one home run and knocked in 45 runs while sharing the team lead with 17 stolen bases[20].


Adam played his third season with the Gary Southshore Railcats, hitting .285 and leading the team with a .410 on-base percentage, 82 base on balls, and 30 stolen bases. He broke his previous single-season franchise record with 82 walks, which still holds as of today[5][21]


Adam had a banner season with the Gary Southshore Railcats, helping lead the team to their third championship in franchise history. He was named Championship Series MVP for his performance against the Wichita Wingnuts as he went 8-for-15 (.533) with five RBIs, five runs scored, two doubles, and four walks in four games. During the regular season, Klein led the team in runs, walks, stolen bases, and on-base percentage. He hit .288 in 96 games and recorded the second most hits on the team with 105. His 78 base on balls led the American Association and his .416 on-base percentage ranked fifth amongst league leaders. Klein finished 2013 by reaching base safely in 37 straight home games.[5]. He finished his career as one of the best leadoff hitters and run producers in all of Minor League baseball[20]


Adam Klein currently resides in Los Angeles, California[22]. Adam has coached baseball at Los Angeles Pierce College, Brentwood School, Crossroads School, and Santa Monica High School, starting the year after his first year in professional baseball[10]. He actively follows the stock market and has been investing since 2013[23].

See Also[edit]

Others articles of the Topic Baseball : Chicago White Sox, Malcolm Hebert, Texas Rangers (baseball), List of baseball players who died during their careers, Reese Havens, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Birdman Bats


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  2. "Adam Klein Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Adam Klein Minor & Independent Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Young Athletics continue to show progress". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 RailCats, Gary Southshore. "Adam Klein Retires". ValpoLife. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  6. Times, John Luke | The. "Adam Klein". nwitimes.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  7. hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233, Hillary Smith. "RailCats' Adam Klein elects to play on Yom Kippur". nwitimes.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  8. "The Samohi » Samo Welcomes New Baseball Coach Adam Klein". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  9. "Adam Klein - The Baseball Cube". www.thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Goodman, Jeff (2016-09-28). "Samohi adds new baseball coach". Santa Monica Daily Press. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  11. Sondheimer, Eric. "Baseball: Adam Klein is new coach at Santa Monica". latimes.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Archive (2010-05-27). "Assistant coach steers the Brahma's attitude". The Roundup News. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  13. "Crowell, Klein Selected On Day 2 Of MLB Draft". Cal State LA Athletics. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  14. "CCAA Baseball Individual Records". goccaa.org. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  15. "Golden Eagles Fall To Columbus State In NCAA Championships". Cal State LA Athletics. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  16. "2007 AZL Athletics Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  17. "2008 Midwest League Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  18. "2009 Northern League Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  19. 19.0 19.1 SportsDude. "RailCats Ink Record-Setting Outfielder Adam Klein for 2011 (December 20, 2010)". www.nwime.com. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "RailCats Extend Four Contracts, Sign Pitcher". OurSports Central. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  21. "2012 Gary SouthShore RailCats Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  22. Davich, Jerry. "Host families create home away from home for RailCats players". Post-Tribune. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  23. "Meet the 2013 RailCats". nwitimes.com. Retrieved 2019-06-08.

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