After thirteen years as a backup catcher, Brian Schneider is finally calling it quits as a major-league backstop. Schneider announced his retirement in an interview on Tuesday.
He spoke about his career and about how leaving the game is difficult for him. Schneider had this to say about his decision, “I’d kind of like to leave on my own terms and not have my last impression of baseball be someone telling me I can’t play. But there is a lot going on in my life and I’m very fortunate to have a great family and start being a dad and being around more often and being a good husband.”
Schneider was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the fifth round of the 1995 MLB Amateur Draft and made his Expos debut on May 26th of the 2000 season.
The thirteen-year veteran spent five seasons with the Expos until they became the Washington Nationals. He spent three more seasons with the franchise, where he .252 in 757 games. Not only was he a dependable backup catcher in the eyes of people around baseball, Schneider had the stats to back it up.
When Schneider finished his eight-year tenure by signing with the New York Mets in 2008, he had a .993 fielding percentage.Schneider also has a combined WAR (wins-above-replacement) of 5.8 as a member of the Nationals.
After spending two years with the Mets, Schneider signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and has been a great backup catcher for the team. Not only is he a class act, he also is a great clubhouse guy.
Though Schneider is retiring, he is leaving behind a legacy for young players to look at. If you are looking for a player to idolize for his professionalism, then Schneider is one of the classiest people to look up to.