Centennial High School

MIAMI — John and Kim Lindgren are accustomed to receiving whiplash-inducing news from their middle of three children, Jeff Lindgren.

Such is the life of being a professional baseball player’s parents.

A 2015 Centennial graduate, Jeff’s career in the Miami Marlins’ farm system began with the right-handed pitcher being assigned to a new team — either the Class A-Short Season Batavia Muckdogs or Class A-Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads — on four separate occasions between June 20 and July 31, 2019.

The first shift from Batavia, N.Y., to Jupiter, Fla., happened so abruptly, John said, that Jeff initially feared he was being cut when a coach approached him.

“I said, ‘Son, this is going to happen in baseball. You’re going to go up, going to go down. Things are going to change,’” John said. “(I told him) you keep doing things the way you’re doing them.”

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