In June of 2010 the Blue Jays made an interleague trip to Denver and San Diego. We arranged to sit down with two struggling hitters. It took three days of negiotiations to set up the interview where Aaron Hill would analyze and discuss Adam Lind's swing. And Lind would tell us what was wrong with Hill. At the time Lind was hitting .207 with eight homers, 32 RBIs and a .626 OPS after 65 games. Hill was batting .197 with nine homers, 25 RBIs and a .660 OPS. First Lind said he'd only do it if Hill, senior in terms of service time, agreed. Then, Hill said yes. The next day Hill declined. Finally, Lind agreed making the decision for both of them. So we sat in the dugout at Petco Park on a sunny afternoon with the two Jays, joined at the hip, by their successes and failures. Both had breakout, award-winning seasons in 2009, winning Silver Sluggers with 35 or more homers each. Both were given long-term, multi-year deals. They hit back-to-back in the Jays lineup and were co-cover boys on the 2010 media guide. And both lost their ability to produce very quickly. Hill, at age 29, was sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 23 last year for second baseman Kelly Johnson. Yet the key player of that deal was back-up shortstop John McDonald as the October-bound Diamondbacks had lost shortstop Stephen Drew to injury. Lind, 28, was demoted to triple-A Vegas last month and dropped from the 40-man roster to make room for reliever Robert Coello.
Lind and Hill were supposed to be the Jays' future. What happened?
Toronto Sun | Jun 3