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Lynden Pindling continues to sparkle in baseball

  • Lynden Pindling III

FRED STURRUP
Guardian Columnist/Sales Executive

Published: May 10, 2012

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His name is Lynden Pindling III.

It’s an iconic name. The first prime minister in The Bahamas carried that name. His political legacy included being the accepted ‘Father of the Nation’. He was the lead figure on the journey to majority rule in The Bahamas. Independence and the all-important National Insurance program are attached to his name more so than anyone else.

Sir Lynden Pindling was indeed and remains an inspiration to generations of Bahamians and some Caribbean historians. The burden of that name, Lynden Pindling III has had to shoulder. His frame is not as tiny as it was when he first started playing baseball around the age of 10. Now he is a well-defined 5’ 9”, 175-pounder who happens to be one of the finest Bahamian athletes.

In an unassuming manner, so different from an abundantly visible and charismatic grandfather, Lynden Pindling III has quietly, but steadily gone about establishing his very own identity, as a top sports talent. When one says the name Lynden Pindling now, the thought isn’t automatically to the great politician.

There is that other Lynden Pindling. He plays baseball. He is a 20-year-old junior at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and one of the best to ever play in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). The baseball credentials of Lynden Pindling III are sterling. His parents, Obie and Diane Pindling, are happy with his overall progress.

“We’re all very proud of him, especially that he carries a 3.0 plus grade point average (GPA). Going into his finals (last week) he was 3.19 so we won’t know his final GPA for another few weeks. Rhodes is one of the most academically-challenging liberal arts schools in the United States. Lynden is majoring in accounting and business with a minor in Spanish,” informed the senior Pindling.

There is of course, the two-fold student/athlete brilliance as far as Lynden Pindling III is concerned. He is the best batter for the Rhodes College Lynx. During the just completed season, Pindling led the team with a .395 batting average from the full 42 games, all of which he started at shortstop. He collected 58 hits in 147 official at-bats, 12 of his safeties being doubles. Pindling also drove in 35 runs and scored 40 times. His average was sixth best in the conference.

For the 2011 season, he batted .361 to lead Rhodes College. He went 57 for 158 with 12 doubles and 25 runs batted in (RBIs). This past season, the March 12-18 period got him a lot of national attention. Pindling went 9-for-16 and led Rhodes to a 5-0 win/loss record. His on-base percentage was .652. He was named Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

He’s on a path that could very well lead to the Major Leagues. Scouts are watching him closely and once his success trend continues on the diamond, barring any severe injury, Pindling is certain to be a prominent draft choice of one of the organizations in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the not too distant future.

Best wishes Lynden!

 

To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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