Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Snell hangs up the cleats

By Jeff

My dad doesn't pay a lot of attention to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He watches when he looks up from his book, but that doesn't stop him from ripping ownership and management for making trades he thinks are salary dumps.

It's hard to argue with him sometimes. He loves to bring up the Aramis Ramirez trade. But he also has moments that make him look silly, like when he said he thought Ian Snell was going to be really good after the Pirates traded him to the Seattle Mariners in 2009.
It's not that confusing, Ian.
You needed more than two pitches to succeed.

Well, it's spring training of 2011 and Snell retired today.

Snell, 29, ends his career with a 38-53 record, 4.80 ERA and 1.549 WHIP. He goes down as another pitcher who had one decent season, so the Pirates gave him a large contract that he never lived up to. Snell was actually good in 2007. His 9-12 record was more of the team around him and not his pitching. He had a 3.76 ERA and 1.332 WHIP that season, which were both career bests.

Unfortunately for the Pirates and their fans, he then went to suck.

Snell went 7-12 with a 5.42 ERA and 1.765 WHIP that season. Not exactly ace numbers, but that didn't stop the Pirates from making him their Opening Day starter the following season. Snell proceeded to follow the recent trend of Pirates Opening Day starters by pitching terribly the rest of the season. He went 2-8 with a 5.36 ERA and 1.624 WHIP with the Bucs before he was traded.

To make matters worse, Snell also said he would never be caught living in Pittsburgh. Maybe he wanted to live somewhere warm, but that's not the way to go about saying that. He also asked to be moved down to AAA because he was sick of the negative attention he was gaining with the Pirates.

Yeah, I don't think anyone in Pittsburgh will be missing Snell in the majors.

Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

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