One of the urgent off-season issues for the Jays last winter involved how well Adam Lind would adapt to playing first base on a regular basis. It was an especially thorny issue because the few games he had played there down the stretch in 2010 were ... well, not pretty.
Now, nearly five months removed from the start of spring training, you can deposit all those concerns in the "Don't Worry, Be Happy" file.
The Jays were hopeful Lind would be close to major-league average as a fielder in 2011. He has surpassed those modest expectations, having made just four errors.
The greatest compliment to Lind's progress is that nobody ever mentions the issue any more.
"Anytime players go unnoticed, they're usually doing a good job and he's done a very good job defensively at first, whether it's taking a throw up the line with a simultaneous tag, diving to the line to make a catch of a sinking line drive or picking balls out of the dirt," said manager John Farrell. "He has exceeded our expectations, defensively, coming out of spring training."
Lind worries disappear
Toronto Sun | Jul 26