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Friday, January 14, 2022

Travis Snider retires after 8 big league seasons

Travis Snider says he has retired after eight major league seasons.

“I have contemplated this day for for a while but the time has finally come for me to hang up the spikes,” he wrote Thursday on Instagram. “I have spent many waking hours and sleepless nights trying to find a way back to the show. How to fix my swing. How to be a better teammate and a leader. What I have learned through those experiences is what gives me the confidence in this transition to becoming a ‘former player.’”

Snider, who turns 34 on Feb. 2, last played in the major leagues in 2015 with Pittsburgh. He spent last season with the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A farm team at Gwinnett and hit .174 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 138 at-bats.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 14, 2022 at 10:41 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: January 14, 2022 at 10:58 AM (#6061048)
Funny how long he stuck around in the minors after his last ML game. Seems odd to have that long a post-ML career in the minors. I figure he will be a good coach if he wants to be now - he has learned every way to try to rebuild a swing and to move back to the majors after being a top prospect who didn't succeed. If he can pass along lessons learned he'd be useful to kids who are also top prospects I'd figure.
   2. sanny manguillen Posted: January 14, 2022 at 12:14 PM (#6061068)
BB-Ref has him with $5 million in career earnings, plus another $1.7 million draft bonus and whatever he made in the minors. If you took half for taxes and half of the rest for the overhead of being a ballplayer, he'd still have about $110,000 for every year he's played as a professional. Not bad for someone looking toward a second career in his thirties.

The Pirates spent a chunk of their last rebuild collecting other teams' museum pieces -Jeff Clement, Lastings Milledge, Brandon Wood. Snider worked out better than most, and then they were able to trade him for Steven Brault.
   3. Dr. Pooks Posted: January 15, 2022 at 05:06 AM (#6061150)
The Jays trading a 24-year-old Travis Snider to the Pirates at the trade deadline in 2012 for a 27-year-old soon to be middle reliever in Brad Lincoln was a really head scratching move at the time, but turned out not to hurt the Jays in the end.
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: January 16, 2022 at 08:17 AM (#6061214)
By my count, Snider played 452 (including three as a pitcher!) games in the minors after his last MLB appearances.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: January 16, 2022 at 03:40 PM (#6061240)
And he hit a bit when he was down there, at least at times. His 2016 AAA numbers were awful but 2017 wasn't awful -- probably not enough power for MLB but good BA and OBP. In 2018 he was in indy ball but in 2019 back in AAA and hitting pretty well. Gives some idea of where the cutoff is for "how come my team can't find some AAA guy to be DH rather than rotating?" 2019 DHs hit 248/329/457; the White Sox at the bottom on 205/285/356 with two other teams (incl TB) under 700 OPS. Still nobody thought it was worth their while to throw a tiny bit of cash the DBacks way to grab Snider who was hitting 294/402/497 at Reno.

To be clear, I'm not saying they were wrong; I think they were probably right. It's an indication of how little value teams think an average or worse bat-only player has, they'd rather have a lousy-hitting rotation of players with some defensive value rotate through DH. Or not ... the 2019 Sox tried Yonder Alonso as nearly full-time DH (and 1B) for the first half of the season before cutting him and his sub-600 OPS.

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