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Isotopes’ Barden is back in the states

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By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE — Brian Barden spent his birthday in about as depressing a setting as there is: he was hanging out with media types.
As one of the new members of the 2013 Albuquerque Isotopes, he was in attendance for Media Day on the afternoon of April 2, which also happened to be his 32nd birthday.
For Barden, it was seemingly an anti-climactic end to a year that had seen him travel between a pair of continents to play baseball.
Barden has bounced around several Pacific Coast League clubs since 2002, when he was a sixth-round selection in the amateur draft, picked by the Arizona Dimaondbacks.
The Isotopes are Barden’s sixth PCL club since 2005. He has spent time in the big leagues between 2007-2010.
It’s tough for a 32-year-old to keep the dream of playing the Major Leagues alive after only a few short stints in the Bigs, and at this time in his career, Barden seems to understand it.
“Being an older Triple-A player, you don’t know how much playing time you’re really going to get,” he said. “Obviously, though, I want to win. We have a good team.”
Barden is a third baseman by trade and has touted his wares at Tucson, Memphis, New Orleans and Round Rock before landing in Albuquerque for 2013.


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