June 7, 1976 |
Fort Myers, Florida
|September 3, 2002, for the New York Mets|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 21, 2004, for the New York Mets|
|Runs batted in||3|
Esix Snead (born June 7, 1976 in Fort Myers, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder for the New York Mets (2002, 2004). Snead was known for his speed, with 507 stolen bases in only 9 minor league seasons, but only four in two brief appearances with the New York Mets.
College and St. Louis Cardinals
Snead attended the University of Central Florida, playing both baseball and football, and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 18th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. Throughout his entire career, Snead hit for a low batting average, but still stole high numbers of bases. In 1998 with the Low-A New Jersey Cardinals, he hit .233 and stole 42 bases in 58 games. With the Single-A Peoria Chiefs and High-A Potomac Cannons in 1999, he hit under the Mendoza Line, but stole 64 bases in 126 games. 2000 was Snead's career year. Playing for the Cannons again, he led all minor leaguers  and stole a Carolina League record 109 bases, breaking Lenny Dykstra's record, and made the All-Star game. In 2001, his final season in the Cardinals' organization, he played for Double-A New Haven. On November 20, 2001, he was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets.
New York Mets
Snead played for Double-A Binghamton in 2002 and hit .252 with 64 stolen bases. He was called up to the majors and made his major league debut on September 3. On September 21, against the Montreal Expos, he got his first major league hit, a single, and also ended the game with a three-run walk-off home run. He spent all of 2003 with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides and produced more of the same, a .220 batting average and 61 stolen bases. His batting average improved in 2004 to .264 and he played 1 game in the majors for the Mets.
Snead became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves on November 10, 2004. He stole 46 bases for Triple-A Richmond, but his season was marred by a suspension. In a game against the Syracuse SkyChiefs, pitcher Dave Bush threw a ball between Snead's legs causing Snead to have to be held back by the catcher. After drawing a walk, he charged Bush while walking to first base and threw his batting helmet at him, causing both benches to clear. 20 members of the Braves were fined including Snead who also drew a 10-game suspension.
- Esix Snead, The Baseball Cube. Accessed December 28, 2008.
- Steve Popper (2002-09-24). "BASEBALL; A Minor Celebration For Mets Hopefuls". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2008-12-25.
- "Snead Breaks Carolina League Stolen Bases Record". carolinaleague.com. Retrieved 2008-12-25.
- Fred Bierman (2005-06-18). "Brawl Instigator Suspended". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2008-12-25.