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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brian Schneider announces his retirement

After having Flush Flaherty as your #1 simscore two years running…I guess I can’t blame Schneider.

And now, three years after he became a Phillie and 18 years after he skipped his high school graduation to report to the Gulf Coast League Expos, which kicked off his journey through professional baseball, Schneider told me Tuesday that he is retiring.

“It hasn’t been an easy decision, but there are a lot of factors,” Schneider told me. “You don’t want to retire, but you think of your family and I think more than anything it’s physically how you feel.

“I’d kind of like to leave on my own terms and not have my last impression of baseball be someone telling me I can’t play. But there is a lot going on in my life and I’m very fortunate to have a great family and start being a dad and being around more often and being a good husband.”

...Schneider doesn’t have the career numbers to be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. And having been a Phillie for only three years means he won’t go into the Phillies Wall of Fame, either. But former teammates praised him not only as a player, but as a person and teammate.

“If he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts but caught Cole’s three-hit shutout, he’d be all smiles after the game because he helped Cole win a game and throw a shutout and he wouldn’t care about his strikeouts,” former teammate Mike Sweeney said. “That’s what makes him a great teammate. He puts the team first. It’s all about winning. Nothing is about himself.”

Repoz Posted: January 29, 2013 at 08:39 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: January 29, 2013 at 08:47 PM (#4357859)
The list of active former Expos is dwindling rapidly.

“If he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts but caught Cole’s three-hit shutout, he’d be all smiles after the game because he helped Cole win a game and throw a shutout and he wouldn’t care about his strikeouts,” former teammate Mike Sweeney said. “That’s what makes him a great teammate. He puts the team first. It’s all about winning. Nothing is about himself.”


I'd say if he truly had put his team and winning first he wouldn't be 0-for-4 with 4 Ks, no?
   2. The District Attorney Posted: January 29, 2013 at 08:54 PM (#4357862)
With Schneider and Nick Johnson now out, the ranks continue to dwindle. (EDIT: Sodastream Cola Free to boteman.)

Ex-Expos who played in MLB in 2012, by my reckoning: Luis Ayala, Miguel Batista, Geoff Blum (now a broadcaster), Jamey Carroll, Endy Chavez, Bruce Chen (was the Brian Schneider of pitchers, until he unforgivably left the NL East), Bartolo Colon, Scott Downs, Livan Hernandez ("plans to play in 2013"!), Maicer Izturis, Ted Lilly, Guillermo Mota, Spleenless Carl Pavano, Jon Rauch, and Juan Rivera. (Vlad played a few games in the minors, and Javy Vazquez keeps making comeback noises.)

At least trading for Schneider didn't turn out as badly for the Mets as I and most others feared.
   3. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 29, 2013 at 09:06 PM (#4357871)
Back when Schneider was a Met, I read about a TV ad he did for a local business. The idea of the ad was he that he was having trouble filming the ad itself, because he was being swarmed and interrupted by autograph seekers. Someone online described the ad, then wrote that Schneider could have walked the length of Manhattan while wearing his Mets uniform and he wouldn't have been stopped.
   4. crict Posted: January 29, 2013 at 09:26 PM (#4357882)
#2: The only one missing from that list is Shawn Hill, who started the year in the Atlantic League and finished it by pitching 3 innings for the Jays.
   5. bobm Posted: January 29, 2013 at 09:38 PM (#4357889)
[3] not exactly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UuRLrhIWzw
   6. crict Posted: January 29, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4357894)
Also, Brendan Harris, Val Pascucci and Claudio Vargas played in AAA last year. Chad Cordero talked of a comeback last July.
   7. asinwreck Posted: January 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM (#4357913)
Au Revoir Les Expos.
   8. eddieot Posted: January 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM (#4357918)
   9. Select Storage Device Posted: January 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM (#4357940)
During the summer of 2005, I had a powerful combo of adderall and marijuana working (summer school + work). I was eating pizza, pausing between papers, and caught the tail end of an afternoon Cubs/Nats game on WGN. I watched the last few innings.

Nats were up 4-2 in the 8th, Livan is throwing a Livan-gem, but Lee triples and Burnitz doubles, scoring Lee (4-3). Todd Walker hits a deep fly that moves Burnitz to third. Then, with Hollandsworth up, Schneider wizards one to third and nails Burnitz.

It was Burnitz, yeah, but it was the kind of throw only a "real catcher" made. For at least 15 minutes, I thought Schneider was one of the best C's in the league. Please consider the circumstances above.

(I love BBRef)






   10. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: January 29, 2013 at 10:52 PM (#4357952)
Madame Secretary looks great!
   11. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM (#4357955)
[3] not exactly

I'm sorry for you and your actual clip of the specific thing, but somebody on the internet several years ago once said otherwise. As cable news says, it's been a spirited discussion but we'll have to leave it there.
   12. Random Transaction Generator Posted: January 30, 2013 at 02:54 AM (#4358031)
I've updated my "Last Man Standing" list.

It's a Google spreadsheet that lists all of the defunct or moved MLB franchises, and the last man to play in the majors from that franchise/team, and the last man living from that franchise/team.

For example:
Baltimore Orioles (AL) - 1901-1902
(Became New York Yankees)
Last man playing in the majors from that franchise/team: Roger Bresnahan (1915)
Last man alive from that franchise/team: Andy Oyler (1970)

New York Giants (NL) - 1883-1957
(Became San Francisco Giants)
Last man playing in the majors from that franchise/team: Willie Mays (1973)
Last man alive from that franchise/team: There are 38 players still alive (and a separate sheet lists their names)

At the bottom I also list the last man playing and/or alive from the defunct leagues (NA, UA, PL, AA, FL).
   13. Barnaby Jones Posted: January 30, 2013 at 05:37 AM (#4358038)
Don't forget that Urbina is trying to get back in the running.
   14. ThisElevatorIsDrivingMeUpTheWall Posted: January 30, 2013 at 08:55 AM (#4358079)
He seemed like a pretty good guy the one time I met him in 2005. He felt like his dogs were getting more press than he was.
   15. JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: January 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM (#4358243)
Don't forget that Urbina is trying to get back in the running.


He's taking a whack at it, isn't he?
   16. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: January 31, 2013 at 06:07 AM (#4358799)
I've updated my "Last Man Standing" list.

Good stuff, RTG. (Am I the only one who's shocked that there are still so many living ex-St. Louis Browns?)
   17. bunyon Posted: January 31, 2013 at 07:15 AM (#4358811)
I once met Brian Schneider and told him he was a great catcher and asked for my autograph. He just looked at me like I was crazy and went on his way.

Of course I never figured out why he was taking chemistry at my school.
   18. The District Attorney Posted: January 31, 2013 at 08:49 AM (#4358856)
I once met Brian Schneider and told him he was a great catcher and asked for my autograph. He just looked at me like I was crazy and went on his way.
Well, asking other people for your autograph is weird.

He seemed like a pretty good guy the one time I met him in 2005. He felt like his dogs were getting more press than he was.
I suppose the fact that I don't know why his dogs would be notable tells you just how much press he got. :-)

BTW, Ian Desmond was drafted by the "Expos", and Roger Bernardina signed with them at one point but didn't play for them. Presumably we all agree those don't count...

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