|Sydney Blue Sox – No. 77|
December 3, 1981 |
North Miami, Florida
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|May 25, 2002 for the Seattle Mariners|
|Runs batted in||20|
|Career highlights and awards|
Christopher Doyle Snelling (born December 3, 1981 in North Miami, Florida) is an Major League Baseball outfielder of Australian descent. Though he never officially retired, Snelling has not played since 2009.
Snelling was signed as an amateur free agent out of Australia by the Seattle Mariners on March 2, 1999. He quickly established himself as the franchise's top position prospect in the system. He was often compared to Lenny Dykstra due to his aggressive play and ability to hit for average and draw walks. He made it to the major leagues in 2002, but during a baserunning mishap tore his ACL in his left knee. After that incident, his status as a top prospect began to decline, as Snelling suffered numerous serious injuries in subsequent years. At Seattle Mariners fan blog USS Mariner, Snelling was dubbed "Doyle" (his middle name) in hopes of driving off the injury curse that plagued him.
On the night of December 13, 2006, The Washington Post reported that Snelling and Mariners pitching prospect Emiliano Fruto would be traded to the Washington Nationals for veteran second baseman José Vidro. The trade was completed several days later.
Following the Virginia Tech massacre, players for the Nationals wore Virginia Tech baseball caps for their game against the Atlanta Braves on April 17, 2007. Snelling's cap was then sent to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
On April 12, 2008, Snelling was recalled from the minor leagues by the Phillies after an injury to Shane Victorino. Despite getting only 4 AB, he had two very key hits for the Phillies who won the division by just three games. On April 15, he hit a pinch hit, first pitch HR off Houston Astros closer José Valverde in the 9th inning with his team down three runs. The Phillies scored three more runs in the inning and won the game. On June 6, he hit a pinch hit double to lead off the top of the 10th inning against the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies scored two runs in the inning and won the game.
He was designated for assignment on June 7. He spent most of the season with the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
San Diego Padres
On June 10, 2009, Snelling was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for future considerations, but was released after Ryan Doumit was activated. He played the rest of the season with the Monterrey Sultanes in the Mexican League.
World Baseball Classic
Although he was born in the United States, Snelling grew up in Australia and has played for the Australian national team. He hit two of Australia's four home runs in its victory over Mexico on March 8, 2009, during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
- Dick Kaegel (2008-11-28). "Australians out to surprise in Classic". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
|International Baseball League of Australia MVP