InsideTheDome: Adam, you have a great ride in 2006. After beginning the year at Double-A you finished it off in the big leagues. Did you expect that coming into the season?
Adam Lind: After my first year I expected to progress a level a year so it was a real surprise to me to make it all the way up to Toronto this quickly. I thought there wasn't a chance early this year because of the number of players I had in front of me on the 40-man roster, but things just worked my way.
InsideTheDome: What was your mindset heading into the year?
Adam Lind: Every year has been the same for me. I have the mindset of working hard both defensively and offensively. The Jays make us work hard and I try to improve on every aspect of the game.
InsideTheDome: What is the main thing you learned during your time with the Blue Jays?
Adam Lind: I worked with the hitting coaches up there to sharpen up my batting stance, and clean things up a little at the plate. The main thing they told me is to be as consistent as possible, and everything else will take care if itself.
InsideTheDome: A lot has been made over the past few years regarding your defense. How would you describe the progress you have made on improving it?
Adam Lind: I think my defense will always be an issue for people. My defense was shaky my first year in pro ball with Auburn, but since then I have really improved on it. Since many scouts saw me that first year and it was shaky, I think they will keep on going to that until I show them something different. I'm going to have that defensive story follow me throughout my entire baseball career. I have to work hard and try to prove them wrong.
InsideTheDome: You were mentioned in a few trade rumors during the winter. Did that bother you at all?
Adam Lind: The thing our coaches tell us every spring training is that you're not only playing to show our coaches what you have, but you're also playing for scouts watching you from other clubs. Getting traded is part of the game. I just need to focus on improving my own game.
InsideTheDome: With the addition of Frank Thomas, it appears you will be headed to Triple-A Syracuse to begin the year. Are you still trying to show the club otherwise and make it a very difficult decision for them?
Adam Lind: My goal is to have a good spring and try to make the team. It will definitely be hard for me to make the team with the amount of proven players in front of me. I assume I'm going to be back in Syracuse. The Blue Jays have great players and they want to win now so they had to go and get those players.
InsideTheDome: Did you do anything different in the off-season?
Adam Lind: I got a personal trainer this off-season and am trying to become a bit more athletic.
InsideTheDome: Is there one aspect of your game you are looking to improve on this season?
Adam Lind: I'd like to hit left-handed pitching a little better. It takes time, but I just want to become more consistent.
Spring Training '07: Adam Lind Interview
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