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Adam Alan Lind (born July 17, 1983 in Muncie, Indiana) is an American designated hitter for the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League of Major League Baseball. He was drafted in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball amateur draft and was signed on June 30, 2004. He was originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round (242nd overall) of the 2002 amateur draft. Lind attended Highland High School in Anderson, Indiana. Lind was named 2006 Eastern League MVP, playing for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Lind attended the University of South Alabama in 2003 and 2004 before being drafted by the Jays in 2004 as a draft-eligible sophomore. In 2003, he was named as a Freshman 2nd team All-American first baseman. In 2004, he was named a Sun Belt Conference All-Star outfielder.
Professional career Edit
Minor leagues Edit
In his first professional season for the Single-A short-season Auburn Doubledays, Lind hit .312 with 7 home runs and 50 runs batted in.
Lind would be a September call-up for the Blue Jays, and would contribute quickly. His first major league hit came on September 2, 2006 against Lenny DiNardo of the Boston Red Sox. He hit his first major league career home run on September 10, 2006 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim off of fellow rookie Jered Weaver. In his first five games at the major league level, he had a batting average of .417 with seven hits, one home run, and three runs batted in. After the 2006 season he finished hitting .367, with 2 home runs and 8 RBIs.
Lind was called up on April 13, 2007, from Syracuse to replace Reed Johnson, who was placed on the disabled list with a herniated disc in his back. Lind was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on July 7, 2007, when Johnson was activated from the disabled list. After the conclusion of the 2007 season he hit 11 homers and 48 RBIs while hitting at a poor .238 batting average.
After a poor start to the 2008 season, Lind was demoted to AAA. He subsequently hit .300 and earned a call-up again on June 21, 2008 by new manager Cito Gaston. After being called up Lind finished the 08 season hitting .282 with 9 homers and 40 RBIs.
In 2009, Lind was the Opening Day starter at designated hitter for the Blue Jays, and drove in six runs against the Detroit Tigers, a Blue Jay Opening Day record, propelling the Jays to a 12 - 5 victory. He went on to tie the Blue Jays record of 11 RBI in 5 games to start the season, set by Carlos Delgado in 2001. Lind ended April with 4 homers, 20 RBIs and a .315 batting average in 23 games. In a game against the Texas Rangers on August 31, Lind hit a grand slam, the first of his career, and had a career single-game high eight RBI. He became the second Blue Jay of the '09 season (after Lyle Overbay) to win AL Player of the Week for the week ending September 6, sharing the award with Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria. On September 14, Lind drove in three runs to reach 100 RBIs on the season, becoming the first Blue Jays player to do so since Troy Glaus and Vernon Wells did so in 2006. The next day Lind hit his 30th home run of the season, joining teammate Aaron Hill with thirty or more home runs. He finished the 2009 season with 35 HR, 114 RBI, a batting average of .305, 46 doubles, and 179 hits.
On April 3, 2010, Lind signed a contract extension with the Blue Jays. He will earn $400,000 in the 2010 season, with a $600,000 signing bonus, and $5 million per season for each of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons. The Blue Jays also have the right to exercise yearly club options of $7 million for 2014 (or buy out the contract for $2 million), $7.5 million for 2015 (or $1.5 million buyout), and $8 million for 2016 (or $500,000 buyout).
- ↑ "Johnson placed on DL; Lind recalled", MLB.com Press Release, April 13, 2007.
- ↑ ESPN - Adam Lind Stats, News, Photos - Toronto Blue Jays - MLB Baseball
- ↑ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091215&content_id=7813944&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb Edgar Martinez Award
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Bastian, Jordan. "Lind, Jays reach four-year deal", MLB Advanced Media, L.P., 3 April 2010. Retrieved on 2010-04-04.