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Todd Anthony "Moose" Linden (born June 30, 1980) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants and Florida Marlins; and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Todd Linden
Outfielder
Born: (1980-06-30) June 30, 1980 (age 39)
Edmonds, Washington
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 18, 2003, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2007, for the Florida Marlins
MLB statistics
Batting average.231
Home runs8
Runs batted in36
Teams

Early lifeEdit

Before being drafted by the San Francisco Giants, he attended Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, Washington and played collegiate baseball at the University of Washington. After a tumultuous two years at Washington, Linden transferred to Louisiana State University, where he played Center Field. At LSU, Linden distinguished himself as a switch hitter by setting a Southeastern Conference record for games in a season with home runs hit from both sides of the plate.[1] Nicknamed "Moose" by his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees teammates after a horrible offensive showing in Charlotte, where he was visibly frustrated by a Charlotte Knights fan in the front row who berated him with moose references.[citation needed]

Professional careerEdit

San Francisco GiantsEdit

His first major league home run came on September 22, 2003, off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii. Linden, in only his 24th major league at-bat, became just the 12th player to hit a home run into the second deck at Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962. On May 10, 2007, he was designated for assignment.

Florida MarlinsEdit

He was claimed off waivers by the Florida Marlins on May 18, 2007. The Marlins released him following the 2007 season.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On November 21, 2007, he was signed by the Oakland Athletics to a minor league contract (Sacramento River Cats) with an invitation to spring training, but did not make the A's roster. On May 20, 2008, Linden was released by the Oakland A's.

Cleveland IndiansEdit

On May 27, 2008, Linden signed a minor league contract (Buffalo Bisons) with the Cleveland Indians and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

New York YankeesEdit

In January 2009 Linden signed a minor league contract (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees) with an invitation to spring training with the New York Yankees.

Tohoku Rakuten Golden EaglesEdit

On June 12, 2009, the Yankees sold Linden's contract to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League.[2]

San Francisco GiantsEdit

Linden attended minor league camp with the Giants in 2012.

CoachingEdit

Linden is currently a coach in the San Francisco Giants minor league system. He also coaches for city baseball year round

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