J. T. Snow
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|J. T. Snow|
February 26, 1968 |
Long Beach, California
|Batted: Switch/Left||Threw: Left|
|September 20, 1992 for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 2008 for the San Francisco Giants|
|Runs batted in||877|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jack Thomas "J. T." Snow, Jr. (born February 26, 1968) is a former Major League Baseball player. He played all but two games in his career as a first baseman, and played nine of his 13½ seasons with the San Francisco Giants. He was known for his exceptional defense. After his retirement as a player, Snow worked in radio and television broadcasting. He is now a special assistant to the general manager for the Giants.
Snow attended Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California and played baseball and football and basketball with future teammate Robb Nen. After high school, Snow played three seasons at the University of Arizona, where his teammates included Scott Erickson, Trevor Hoffman and Kevin Long. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 1989 baseball amateur draft. Snow broke into the Majors with the Yankees at the end of the 1992 season.
After his father's death in 2006, Snow wore his father's number 84 in his honor.
California Angels (1993–96)
San Francisco Giants (1997–2005)
While a switch hitter earlier in his career, Snow batted exclusively left-handed after 1998. In 2000 he led the league in sacrifice flies with 14. After a two-year injury-riddled stretch from 2002 to 2003 where his batting average was .246, Snow rebounded in 2004 with a .327 average, hitting .387 after the All-Star break (which ranked second only to Ichiro Suzuki in the Major Leagues).
Three memorable moments with the Giants
In the 2002 World Series as Snow was scoring in Game 5 off a Kenny Lofton triple, he swooped up by the back of the jacket and carried off the batboy, 3-year-old Darren Baker. The young batboy and son of then Giants’ manager Dusty Baker was at home plate to collect Lofton's bat before the play was completed. This turned into a touching and memorable incident, but easily could have resulted in disaster with a small child wandering into the path of Snow and David Bell as they both barreled home to score. Following the incident with Darren Baker, Major League Baseball required batboys and girls to be at least 14 years of age. A photograph of this incident now hangs in The Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, New York.
In the 2000 National League Division Series against the New York Mets, with the Giants trailing 4–1 in the bottom of the ninth, Snow hit a three-run pinch-hit homer against Mets reliever Armando Benítez. However, the Giants failed to capitalize on their momentum, eventually falling in the 10th inning and going on to lose the series.
Boston Red Sox (2006)
Snow's tenure with the Giants effectively ended when the team declined to offer him salary arbitration before the 2006 season. He signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Boston Red Sox on January 6, 2006. He served primarily in a platoon with Kevin Youkilis at first base until he requested to be designated for assignment due to a lack of playing time. He was granted his designation June 19, and was officially released eight days later.
At the end of the 2006 season, Snow retired from baseball and began working as a color commentator on Giants radio broadcasts alongside play-by-play announcer Dave Flemming. He also serves as an advisor to the Giants' general manager, Brian Sabean, and as a roving minor league instructor for the Giants. 
On September 24, 2008, the Giants signed Snow to a one-day contract, and he took the field on September 27 against the Dodgers, but was replaced before the first pitch. It was a move that allowed Snow to retire as a Giant. Eugenio Vélez, Omar Vizquel, and Rich Aurilia threw balls in the dirt to mess with Snow, but Snow still made the plays.
- Spent much of his career as a switch hitter, but eventually stopped batting right towards the end of his career.
- Shpigel, Ben (October 7, 2010). "As Yankees’ Most Valuable Repairman, Long Revives Struggling Hitters". The New York Times. p. B17. Archived from the original on March 1, 2011.
- "MLB sets minimum age of 14 for batboys". Sports Illustrated. January 16, 2003. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube