I don't really know how often that term is used these days, but this one seems to qualify, at least in the world of Independent Baseball.
With the launch of our dedicated Monday-Wednesday-Friday coverage of the former Independent players in major league spring training camps in this space three days away--this Friday--I could not wait to share the first meaningful development to come to our attention.
John Lindsey, who played for the New Jersey Jackals (Little Falls, NJ) in the Can-Am League in 2005 and 2006 and is entering his 14th professional season, appears to be off on the right foot in convincing the Los Angeles Dodgers he is ready for his first major league opportunity.
Lindsey, a first baseman, "crushed the ball in each of his at-bats" in the Dodgers' first intrasquad game, according to the team's public relations report. He had two singles, a double, scored twice and drove in a run. Cynics might stress it was only an intrasquad game, but 31-year-old rookies must take advantage of every opportunity. The 245-pound righthanded hitter is coming off a monster season in which he led all Los Angeles farmhands with 30 home runs and 121 runs batted in while splitting the season between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A Las Vegas. He hit a combined .317 one season after hitting .311 in the Can-Am League.
The intrasquad explosion was the second recognition already this spring for this native of Hattiesburg, MS. The team reported he provided the loudest "I got it" during a wind-infested pop-up drill.
Okay, so the 3-for-3 performance probably was more important.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
JOHN LINDSEY MAKING DODGERS TAKE NOTICE OF BAT AND VOICE
Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.