Saturday morning Adam Moore rolled out from Royse City to spring training in Florida as he begins his 12th year in Major League Baseball as a Tampa Bay Ray.
Moore, a 2002 Mineola High School graduate, is “still living the dream” he said last week. He now lives in Royse City.
“I’m just so blessed to be able to continue my dream to play this game, and to be paid while doing it.”
During the dozen years he’s played professional baseball, this will be the first time he’s gone to spring training in Florida. It’s always been in Arizona. “It’ll be something new for sure,” Moore said.
He learned about the deal early this month and said it was a bit of a surprise. He was “kind of gearing up for something else” after being in contact with his agent through the entire off-season. “Once they called me it was a complete surprise. I wasn’t expecting it.”
“I’m blessed to still get to play baseball for a living. It’s super exciting.” He knows that when he reports to Port Charlotte his performance in spring training will determine where he lands on the Rays’ roster.
The last three years Moore has played for the Cleveland Indians organization, seasons about which he said he can’t complain. “I’ve had better. I’ve had worse,” he said. During that time, though, he gained an American Legion Championship ring.
Moore has been playing baseball since he was three years old on the fields at Mineola Youth Foundation and then for the Mineola High School Yellowjackets where, among his accomplishments, he had a school-record home runs. He also quarterbacked the football team. The seasoned catcher has played for the Seattle Mariners, the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres.
He played junior college ball for Northeast Texas Community College, redshirted at the University of Nebraska and the University of Texas at Arlington where he was 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year.
In 2006 Moore was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round of Major League Baseball Draft.
Moore’s parents, Harold and Laura Moore, still reside in Mineola and while there are many fans in his hometown, his family is his number one fans.
Soon to be 34 in May, Moore said that that his body is “just feeling better and better the older I get. Obviously, I’m taking care of myself better at an older age and that’s what keeps me on the field” as he is conscientious about his diet and exercise.
“It’s just so cool. You don’t see many guys staying in the game at 33, 34 years old.” And as far as beginning the 2018 season in the Rays organization, he says, “It’s certainly an honor.”