The rise and fall can happen overnight as baseball is said to be one of the most difficult games to attain super stardom and enjoy longevity once at an elite level. Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind can attest to this fact being a former Silver Slugger in 2009 to a demoted minor leaguer in 2012.
Lind was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 2004 amateur baseball draft earning a major league audition for 18 games in 2006. The climax of Lind’s career to date came in 2009 when he established himself as a force to be reckoned with batting .305 and smashing 35 home runs enroute to a Silver Slugger award.
The decline began shortly thereafter not coming close to those numbers again until finally hitting rock bottom in 2012. Lind looked lost at the plate and was demoted to the minor leagues as the Jays pondered his future. Lind would be recalled and end the season on a high note salvaging a .255 average with 11 home runs in 93 games.
A far cry for a man who once received 14 MVP points finishing 15th in balloting. Lind will get a new lease on life in 2013 as the Blue Jays have guaranteed Lind every day at bats … for now.
If Lind can return to his 2009 form, he would be an added and unexpected boost to an already offensive minded Blue Jays roster. If his spring training results are any indication of the year ahead then Lind may be on the right track.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.