Former Blue Jay Officially Retires From Baseball


 

Can you officially "retire" if you haven't played a game in the majors for 7 years? That's exactly what former Toronto Blue Jay and Pittsburgh Pirate Travis Snider did today. 

To be clear, Snider had been logging a lot of Triple-A time in the past half-decade, since his major league days came to a close. 

Snider announced his retirement with an Instagram post today. 

 Thank you baseball," Snider began. "You have given me countless relationships and experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am so thankful that I got to live out my childhood dream and share it with the people I love and care about. I have contemplated this day for a while but the time has finally come for me to hang up the spikes. … To my teammates, coaches, trainers, front office, and clubhouse families, thank you for all the amazing memories.

Snider was a 2006 first-round draft pick for the Blue Jays, and big things were expected of the power-packed outfielder. However, he never played more than 82 games in a season with Toronto from 2008 through 2012, never hit more than 14 home runs, or batted better than .255. 

He moved on to the Pittsburgh Pirates from there, and it was more of the same. His career batting average finishes at .244, with a .709 OPS. 

He spent 2015 through 2021 bouncing around various teams' AAA squads.

Photo Credit: Tom R. Smedes/Special to RGJ, Tom R. Smedes/Special to RGJ

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