EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State baseball head trainer Jake Boss Jr. introduced that World Series champion Adam Eaton has joined the Spartan personnel as this system’s director of participant construction.
As Director of Player Development, Eaton will function a training personnel liaison having enter at the construction of outfield play, baserunning and hitting.
“We are extremely excited to add Adam to our staff,” Boss mentioned. “He is high-caliber person with a world of baseball knowledge and insight, and we’re delighted to have him join the Spartan family. His baseball resume is filled with success at the highest levels of our game, and we’re anxious to have him working with our players on and off the field to develop them and help them become better student-athletes and better people.”
Eaton performed Major League Baseball for 10 seasons (2012-21), ahead of retiring previous to the 2022 season, together with profitable the World Series with the Washington Nationals in 2019. He was once drafted by way of the Arizona Diamondbacks within the nineteenth spherical of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Miami of Ohio. Eaton made his MLB debut on September 4, 2012, with the Diamondbacks. He additionally performed for the Chicago White Sox (2014-16, 21), the Nationals (2017-20) and the Los Angeles Angels (2021).
He is not any stranger to Spartan Athletics, as his brother-in-law is former MSU hockey participant Zach Osburn, who performed for the Spartans from 2015-19, and earned honorable point out All-B1G honors in 2019.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Michigan State. My brother-in-law Zach played hockey there just a short time ago and I’ve always kind of gravitated towards the Spartans,” Eaton mentioned. “I’ve always enjoyed my time on campus and also enjoyed the intensity and the overall feeling of campus towards the athletic department and student-athletes. It seems that the whole university really backs them and does a terrific job of putting all of the Spartan teams in a good position to be successful, and baseball is no different.
“I’m excited to go into that realm of being a trainer. Jake Boss has at all times been a chum to me ever since he recruited me when he was once at Eastern Michigan, when I used to be taking part in highschool baseball in Springfield, Ohio. Going during the recruiting procedure with Jake was once not anything however a excitement. To come complete circle after which be employed by way of him now, to do a task, and paintings with him, could be very thrilling,” Eaton said. “In simply the fast time period that I’ve been in a position to paintings with the gamers and get to understand the gamers, we’ve a actually, actually just right team, a gaggle that desires to paintings, that desires to win, that desires to place the Michigan State uniform on each and every unmarried day and they are proud to try this. What else can I ask for getting into a scenario comparable to this. Overall, I’m simply tremendous excited and the entire portions looked as if it would have compatibility extraordinarily smartly, so it was once a very simple choice for me.”
In serving to the Nationals to the 2019 World Series, Eaton hit .320 within the seven-game collection, with two HR and 6 RBI, because the Nationals beat Houston. Eaton was once 1-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and stolen base within the clinching sport seven, scoring Washington’s insurance coverage run within the most sensible of the 8th ahead of a two-run unmarried within the most sensible of the 9th to pad the Nationals’ lead within the 6-2 win.
In his 10-year MLB occupation, Eaton batted .276 for his occupation, with 319 RBI, 66 HR and 87 stolen bases. Eaton led the American League in triples in 2014 (10) and 2016 (9), a part of completing within the most sensible 10 in 4 overall seasons. Defensively, Eaton led the AL in 2016 in each assists by way of an outfielder with 18 and putouts as an outfielder with 417, whilst completing within the most sensible 4 for double performs became as an outfielder in two seasons.
During his collegiate occupation at Miami, Eaton was once a two-time All-Mid-American Conference honoree, incomes first-team accolades in 2009 and second-team honors in 2010. Eaton additionally earned second-team All-Mideast Region popularity in each 2009 and 2010.
Eaton continues to be Miami’s single-season triples document holder with 9 in 2010, at the side of the occupation document holder with 18 from 2008-10, along with a number of different occupation and single-season marks within the RedHawk document guide. Eaton additionally holds the Miami single-game document for each hits and runs, with six of each and every in a sport at Furman on Feb. 20, 2010.
He is married to former Miami RedHawks softball participant Katie Osburn Eaton. They have two sons, Braden and Maverick.