Friday, July 18, 2014
#254 Cory Snyder
About the Back: You probably won't be surprised to learn that two of Cory's three homers on May 21, 1987 were hit off of Bert Blyleven, who surrendered a league-leading 46 that year and fell just short of the record 50 he'd allowed in 1986. Tony Bernazard and Mel Hall also took Bert deep in a 6-3 Cleveland victory. All five home runs were solo shots.
1. Snyder and Joe Carter were featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 1987 baseball preview issue, which touted the Indians as "the best team in the American League". Sophomore Snyder hit a career-high 33 homers, but his batting average plunged by 36 points and the Tribe finished dead-last at 61-101. That April 6, 1987 issue is a popular exhibit in the "SI Cover Jinx" trope.
2. He was the National League Player of the Month in June 1992, when he batted .372/.388/.649 with nine doubles, a triple, five home runs, and 24 RBI in 24 games.
3. Cory managed independent minor league teams in St. George, UT and Maui, HI from 2007-2010 before joining the Mariners organization as a minor league coach.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I hate to bash the guy's looks again, but I always thought Snyder was pretty goofy. The light blond mustache is a thing that very few men can make work.
Bill James Said: "As an overall right fielder he ranks below Sosa, Walker, Gwynn, Justice, Bonilla, Anthony, Merced and whoever else happens to be playing the position."
On This Date in 1993: July 18. With the trade deadline approaching, the Braves grab Fred McGriff from the Padres for a trio of prospects: Melvin Nieves, Donnie Elliott, and Vince Moore. That deal worked out pretty well for Atlanta.