Monday, April 2, 2012 | 2:29 a.m.
John Lindsey played two seasons for the Las Vegas 51s in 2007 and 2008, becoming the only player in franchise history to win the annual Mayor’s Trophy based on fan voting in back-to-back years.
Lindsey was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 13th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in the Rockies farm system from 1995 to 2001, never rising above Single-A.
Lindsey was ready to retire after the 2006 season and went back home to Mississippi, enrolled at Pearl River Junior College and was preparing for life after baseball.
Lorenzo Bundy, the manager for the 51s at the time and former roving instructor for the Rockies during Lindsey’s time there, convinced the Dodgers to bring Lindsey to spring training.
Lindsey started the 2007 season at Double-A Jacksonville and when a spot opened up with the 51s, he got his first promotion to Triple-A. He batted .333 with 19 home runs and 88 RBI for the 51s in 77 games that season.
Lindsey spent the entire 2008 season with the 51s and had one of his best seasons to date, hitting .316 with 26 home runs and 100 RBI.