Apr 14, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Travis Snider (23) makes a play during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Former Toronto Blue Jays prospect turned Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder has been making quite a few strides in his current uniform, but his play on Monday night was one he’d like to forget.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier hit a lazy fly ball toward the right field foul line. Snider tracked the ball well and went into a slide to make the catch. However, he missed the ball completely with his glove, instead taking the carom right off his face, as the video below shows.
To make matters worse, the play got to be witnessed over and over, as it went to instant replay. Originally ruled a foul ball, the call was overturned when it was ruled that Snider’s face…yes, his face…was ruled to be in fair territory when Frazier’s ball hit him in the mug. Frazier was awarded second base with a double, a call that would loom large when Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run home run later in the inning to give the Reds the 4-3 lead.
Of course, Snider would get his redemption during the top half of the next inning. After Starling Marte lead-off the inning with a home run, Snider would follow through on the back-half of the back-to-back jacks.
After years of struggling to find playing time and consistency at the Major League level, Snider has gotten into the mix in Pittsburgh’s outfield in 2014. In 44 plate appeareances, he’s slashing .293/.341/.512 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI.