Adam Riggs

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Adam Riggs
First baseman
Born: (1972-10-04) October 4, 1972 (age 46)
Steubenville, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: August 7, 1997, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
NPB: April 15, 2005, for the Yakult Swallows
Last appearance
MLB: October 3, 2004, for the Anaheim Angels
NPB: July, 2008, for the Yakult Swallows
MLB statistics
Batting average.216
Home runs3
Runs batted in10
NPB statistics
Batting average.281
Home runs59
Runs batted in168

Adam David Riggs (born October 4, 1972) is a former professional baseball first baseman. He played parts of four years in Major League Baseball, but is better known for the four seasons he spent with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League.

A native of Byram Township, New Jersey, he attended Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope, New Jersey, and is an alumnus of the County College of Morris and the University of South Carolina Aiken.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 22nd round of the MLB amateur draft, Riggs made his Major League Baseball debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 7, 1997.

Riggs gained notoriety after a 2003 game with the Anaheim Angels in which he wore a uniform which featured the team name misspelled as "Angees",[2] which appeared in Sports Illustrated, and was also nominated for a This Year in Baseball Award for Most Bizarre Moment in 2003.[3]

In 2005 he signed with the Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League and played with them until July 2008.

Mitchell Report[edit]

On December 13, 2007, Riggs was included in the Mitchell Report, in which it was alleged that he used steroids during his career. In the report, Kirk Radomski states that Riggs bought human growth hormone, clenbuterol, and Winstrol from him between July 10, 2003, to November 30, 2005. Photocopies of five checks from Riggs to Radomski are included in the report to substantiate Radomski's accusations. Radomski claims Riggs was referred to him by Paul Lo Duca. Riggs declined to meet with the Mitchell investigators but provided a letter from his lawyer stating that he "never tested positive for improper substances".[4]

From 2005 to 2008, Riggs played in Japan where they conform with Olympic testing standards and never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs while with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.[5]


  1. ^ Havsy, Jane. "Soaring with the Angels", Daily Record, August 29, 2003. Accessed November 4, 2007. "I said, cool, recalled Riggs, a graduate of Lenape Valley High School and County College of Morris."
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2010-06-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Doug Miller (2003-11-23). "Riggs up for Most Bizarre Moment". Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  4. ^ "Mitchell Report pp. 211-12" (PDF).
  5. ^ White, Paul (2007-12-24). "Ripple effect felt in Japan over Mitchell Report". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-12-26.

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