Mitch Lyden

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Mitchell Scott Lyden

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Catcher Mitch Lyden played very briefly in the majors with the 1993 Florida Marlins.

Originally selected by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the 1983 amateur draft, Lyden was signed by scout Whitey DeHart. He spent eight seasons in the Yankees organization and showed some power, hitting 17 home runs for the Prince William Yankees in 1988 and equaling that tally with the Albany-Colonie Yankees two years later. He was in the Detroit Tigers system in 1991 and smashed 18 homers for the Toledo Mud Hens while being named an International League All-Star.

After spending a year in the New York Mets chain, Lyden signed with the Florida Marlins following the 1992 season. He spent the majority of 1993 with the AAA Edmonton Trappers but was called up to the majors in June when backup backstop Bob Natal was injured. Stuck behind Benito Santiago on the depth chart, he finally made his big league debut on June 16th. Starting that day against the Chicago Cubs, he hit a solo home run off Jose Bautista in his first at bat. "I couldn't have scripted it any better," Lyden said. "Wrigley Field. The mystique. But it could have been more sweet if we had won the game." He appeared in only one more game before returning to Edmonton but was back with the Marlins in September. Overall, he was 3-for-10 in 6 games for Florida.

Lyden was back with the Trappers in 1994 and moved on to the Kansas City Royals organization in 1995. He then played several seasons in the independent leagues and in Taiwan and managed the Elmira Pioneers in 2002 and 2003. In sixteen seasons in the minor leagues, he hit 214 home runs.

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