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2013 Roster Preview Part Four: Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval And, Somehow, Todd Linden

March 19, 2013


There are reasons to be concerned about the Giants’ home-grown middle of the order. Buster Posey is a catcher, doncha know, which means a career-endangering injury is always a Scott Cousins away. Pablo Sandoval is a tad portly, doncha know, and his elbow is barking.

But we’re missing the point: the Giants have a home-grown middle of the order. Their two best hitters are a product of drafting and development. It’s easy to take that fact for granted with two Commissioner’s Trophies in the bank, but it ain’t always been thus.


I still remember where I was when Todd Linden hit his first big league home run, a tapemeasure shot at Dodger Stadium. He was 23 years old, broad shouldered and toolsy as all get-out. This is gonna be the guy, thought 2003 me. The heir to the Bonds fortune. Ha, replied the baseball gods. Ha, ha, ha. Ha. Eight years later Linden was indeed the guy — the guy playing left field for the Edmonton Capitals of the North American Baseball League. (Where he hit .355!)

There were others along the way — a Torcato here, a Tiny Minor there, a JR Phillips way over there — but I chose Linden because he’s back in the Giants’ system as a first baseman, hoping to come full Vogelsong. I’ll root for him, if only out of misplaced nostalgia and a desire to use all those Nader/Linden campaign posters I printed back in ’04.

The point is, if you draw a line between Matt Williams and Will Clark and Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval, you get two decades of position-player futility. Of Lindens. Those days are over, thank Mays, and now I can write a post like this and smile smugly.

/smiles smugly


One Comment leave one →
  1. Tito permalink
    March 19, 2013 7:39 am

    Linden Johnson. He didnt do too well in Japan but anything is possible

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