Nov 25, 2014

Former Mets Catcher: Brian Schneider (2008-2009)

Brian Duncan Schneider was born November 26, 1976 at Jacksonville, Florida. Schneider attended high school in Pennsylvania & won two Lehigh Valley Player of the Year Awards there.

The six foot, 200 pound left handed hitting catcher was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the fifth round of the 1995 draft. He spent five seasons in the minors batting .280 with 10 HRs & 60 RBIs in 1998 in A ball. By 2000 was AAA Ottawa's top catcher, getting called up to the Expos squad. He would be the backup catcher to Michael Barrett for three seasons.

He took over the position as the organizations regular catcher for five seasons, from Montreal to the move to Washington D.C. Schneider was a solid defensive catcher ranking 5th in the league in fielding percentage in 2003 making only three errors in 709 chances. Each season from 2003-2005 Schneider led all catchers in throwing out would be base stealers and threw out a leading 44% ratio.

In 2004 he threw out half of base runners attempting to steal on him (36 of 72) and set an Expos record with a .998 fielding percentage. He was on Team USA in the 2006 World Baseball Classic going 0-6 overall at the plate. On August 7th, 2007 he was behind the plate when Barry Bonds hit HR #756 off the Nationals, Mike Bacsick.

that winter he was traded to the New York Mets along with Ryan Church for Lastings Milledge. He & his wife were excited about coming to New York, when he arrived he was penciled in as the Mets regular catcher. He played in 110 games that season & brought a rugged old time style of play, out of the Jerry Grote mold, although not as effective. He had a three hit game driving in his first Met RBI, on the second day of the ’08 season in Florida in a game against the Marlins.

He drove in two more runs the next day,and hit safely in six straight games (8 out of his first 10 games). He started out well batting over .300 into early May, driving in 15 runs in the first two months of the season. He hit two HRs against his old Nationals team on September 22nd, driving in two runs in a crucial Mets win, keeping them into contention.

He finished the year with 9 HRs 38 RBIs 10 doubles and a .250 average. Behind the plate he posted a .994 fielding %, throwing out 33% of would be base stealers (4th in the NL) playing in 109 games.  

He began 2009 he was the first Met to cross the plate, scoring the first home team run, at the new Citi Field scoring on a Luis Castillo base hit. But he soon suffered from a muscle strain in his back& spent almost two months on the DL.

With the wear & tear of being a catcher for the past decade, injuries caught up to him. From this point on it is now safe to say Shneider was becoming more of a back up catcher. With the emergence of Omir Santos to go along with his injuries, Schneider only saw playing time in 59 games. He batted a mere .218 with 3 HRs and 24 RBIs.

Although he knew his days were numbered in New York, he took the time to mentor Santos and youngster Josh Thole in catching. In his two seasons in New York, Brian was a .244 hitter, but behind the plate he made only six errors in 1142 chances with a .995 fielding percentage, throwing out 34% of would be base stealers.  

Schneider went to the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the back up catcher to Carlos Ruiz. In 46 games behind the plate in 2010 he threw out just 21% of would be base stealers, posting a .993 fielding %. He batted .240 with 4 HRs & 15 RBIs.

In 2011 he hit just .176 in 125 at bats, posting a .997 fielding %, throwing out just 3 of 20 base stealers. In 2012 he returned with the Phillies for his third season, seeing action in 34 games where he hit two HRs & batted .227 Schneider has never appeared in any post season games in his career.

In 13 seasons Brian has thrown out 36% of would be base stealers, posting a .992 fielding %, making just 39 errors in 992 games. He has batted .247 with 781 hits, 67 HRs 167 doubles & 387 RBIs with a .320 on base %.

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