East Lansing, Michigan – Michigan State baseball coach Jake Boss Jr. It was announced that World Series Champion Adam Eaton has joined Team Spartan as the Program’s Director of Player Development.
As Director of Player Development, Eaton will act as the focal point for the coaching team with input on on-field play development, key stroke and batting.
“We are very excited to add Adam to our staff,” Boss said. “He is a high-profile person with a world of knowledge and vision in baseball, and we are thrilled to have him join the Spartan family. His baseball resume is filled with success at the highest levels of our game, and we are eager to have him work with our players on and off the field to develop them and help them become better student-athletes. and better people.”
Eaton played Major League Baseball for 10 seasons (2012-21), before retiring before the 2022 season, including winning the World Championship with the Washington National Team in 2019. Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round of the 2010 MLB Draft outside Miami in Ohio. Eaton made his MLB debut on September 4, 2012 with the Diamondbacks. He also played for the Chicago White Sox (2014-16, 21), Nationals (2017-20) and Los Angeles Angels (2021).
He’s no stranger to Spartan Athletics, as his son-in-law is former MSU hockey player Zach Osburn, who played for the Spartans from 2015-19 and earned an All-B1G Honor in 2019.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Michigan State,” Eaton said. “My brother-in-law Zach played hockey there a little while ago, and I’ve always been drawn to the Spartans.” “I have always enjoyed my time on campus and have also enjoyed the intensity and overall feel of the campus towards the athletics department and student-athletes. The entire university seems to really support them and do a great job of putting all the Spartan teams in a good position to succeed, and baseball is no different.
“I am excited to enter this world of coach. Jake Boss has always been a friend of mine since he recruited me when he was in Eastern Michigan, when I was playing high school baseball in Springfield, Ohio. The hiring process with Jake has been nothing but fun. To come full circle then She’s being hired now, to do something, and working with him, it’s very exciting,” Eaton said. “In just a short amount of time I have been able to work with the players and get to know the players, we have a really good group, a group that wants to work, wants to win, wants to wear the Michigan State uniform every day and they are proud to do it. What else could I ask for for a face like this? Overall, I’m very excited and all the parts seem to fit very well, so it was an easy decision for me.”
In helping the Nationals to the 2019 World Championships, Eaton hit 0.320 in the seven-game series, with two HRs and six RBIs, as the national team beat Houston. Eaton was 1 for 4 with two RBIs, a base scored and stole in the seventh playoff game, scoring the Washington Lockdown Series at the top of the eighth before winning one of two rounds at the top of the ninth. Lead in a 6-2 win.
In his 10-year MLB career, Eaton fought 0.276 for his career, with 319 RBI, 66 HR and 87 base steals. Eaton led the MLS three times in 2014 (10) and 2016 (9), part of finishing in the top ten in four total seasons. Defensively, Eaton led the AL team in 2016 in both assists for the player with 18 and passes as a defensive player with 417, while he finished fourth in the top four in double play turned defensive player in two seasons.
During his collegiate career in Miami, Eaton was a two-time All-Central American Conference Honoree, receiving first-team honors in 2009 and second-team honors in 2010. Eaton has also received second-team honors for the Middle East in both 2009 and 2010.
Eaton remains the one-season record holder in Miami with a hat-trick with nine in 2010, along with the career record holder with 18 from 2008-10, as well as multiple career and one-season marks in the RedHawk record book. Eaton also holds the Miami singles game record for both hitting and running, with six from each match at Foreman on February 20, 2010.
He is married to former Miami Redhawks softball player Katie Osborne Eaton. They have two sons, Braden and Maverick.