Thursday, August 16, 2012
On this day in 1974, pitcher John Snyder was born.
John came to the White Sox through a trade with the California Angels in 1995. The Angels received Jim Abbott and Tim Fortugno, while the Pale Hose welcomed Snyder, Bill Simas, Andrew Lorraine and McKay Christensen. Snyder made his debut on June 30, 1998, in Houston, in a rather unspectacular way. He came into the game in the fifth inning replacing Jaime Navarro. At the time, the Astros were leading by four runs. John worked and inning and two-thirds, giving up six runs and officially put the game out of reach.
Snyder pitched parts of the 1998 and 1999 seasons with the White Sox. He was then traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on January 12, 2000 with Jaime Navarro for Cal Eldred and Jose Valentin. John played one year with the Brewers, and spent the rest of his days in the minors before falling off the map after the 2003 season.