Veteran catcher Chris Snyder made his Major League debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks back in 2004. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners back in 1999 but chose to attend college which led to him being selected in the second round in the 2002 draft by the D’backs.
But now Chris Snyder will retire from professional baseball according to Anthony Andro on Twitter.
Catcher Chris Snyder, who was playing for Round Rock, has retired.
— Anthony Andro (@aandro) April 19, 2014
Snyder went 2-3 in his first game with the Diamondbacks but struggled for the remainder of the season. His run with the D’backs would last from ’04-’10, eventually landing with the Pittsburgh Pirates from ’10-’11.
A year later, Snyder ended up signing with the Houston Astros and played only one season. His 2013 option was declined by the franchise which made him a free agent on October 31. From there, Snyder signed with the Washington Nationals but was released a month after he signed a Minor League contract.
Shortly after he was released by the Nationals, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim picked him up with an invitation to Spring Training. His run with the Angels didn’t last long either, as he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on April 28, only to be designated for assignment on June 4.
Washington took another chance with Snyder in December of 2013 with a deal that included an invitation to Spring Training. This also resulted in him being released shortly after he was signed.
The Texas Rangers and the 33 year old catcher were able to come to an agreement on a Minor League contract on March 25. He was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock where he played the final games of his professional career.
Snyder retires with 467 career hits, 77 home runs, 298 RBI’s on a batting line of .224/.328/.382.