“I just want to be a little more consistent with my off-speed stuff," Adams said in a recent edition of Rangers Magazine, heard on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. "Last year I was strictly a fastball/cutter type guy, and this year I want to mix-in a changeup and keep guys a little more off-balance.”
As Adams prepares for 2012 and works on his changeup, he has the opportunity to get help from someone in Rangers camp who was a master of changing speeds and locating pitches. Adams, for the second time, has the luxury of listening to the advice of Greg Maddux, who is a special assistant in the Rangers organization. The two were teammates in 2008 with the San Diego Padres.
“He was kind of my lockermate. He was two lockers down from me. In between us, we had a catcher -- his catcher -- and I got to hear a lot of conversations on how they were going to approach their games, the mindset they were taking, and I would sit there and listen in on it -- take as much as I could,” Adams recalled of that 2008 season. “Trying to work on the changeup, listening to what he has to say on what his idea was on how he wanted to use it and what his concept was, it kind of simplifies to help me know what kind of approach I want to take.”
Adams also talked about the lasting impact of the World Series run last year, Mike Adams Day in Sinton, Texas, as well as the retirement of his No. 31 at Texas A&M-Kingsville, his good health, his extensive warm-up routine, Joe Nathan, more about Maddux and if Robbie Ross be on the big league roster. Listen to the podcast.
Bryan Dolgin, the host of Rangers Baseball Tonight and Rangers Magazine, can be followed on Twitter: @RangersRadioBD.