Snider Trying To Get Back To Being Himself

LAS VEGAS, NV - Travis Snider's baseball season got off to a not so stellar start while playing for the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this season. Hitting under .200 for the second season in a row during April, the Blue Jays organization saw his swing in need of fine tuning and sent him down to their Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51's to work on his swing.

As expected, Travis Snider, a 23 year-old left-handed hitting left fielder, wasn't thrilled about being demoted, being accustomed to his role with the Toronto Blue Jays during 82 games last season. Being in Las Vegas was something he didn't have in his season plan this year, but he plans to take the opportunity to get his swing right and have prolonged success in the majors.

"Obviously disappointed." Snider said of his initial thoughts when he learned he was being sent down to the 51s. "I came here with the mind set of obviously knowing what I need to work on, and what I need to do to stay on that level [major leagues]."

Snider's offensive numbers — which were down across the board from last season — during his 25 games with the Blue Jays this season were less than impressive with an .184 batting average, .276 OBP, a SLG of .264 and an OPS of .540. It was clear that something wasn't right with Snider's offensive production.

"In their (the Blue Jays organization) mind I wasn't performing well enough and it was time to make a move," Snider said.

In his short time with the Las Vegas 51's Snider feels he is around a good group of guys that will help him right the ship.

"Great guys. Chad Mottola (51's hitting coach) and Marty Brown (51's manager) make it fun to come to the field everyday."

Chad Mottola likes Snider's progress so far with the time they have spent together the last few weeks working on his swing.

"He is doing great. We're not getting as many results in-game as we would like or as he would like, but as far as the progression, it's going good," Mottola said of Snider's progress.

One might think a highly touted prospect like Snider would not be in the best of spirits after being sent down to the minor leagues, but Snider seems to be accepting this as an opportunity to fine-tune his game.

"He's been outstanding," Mottola said of Snider's demeanor since being sent down to Las Vegas. "I want him to get out of here [and back to the Toronto Blue Jays] as quick as possible. He's been great at showing up for work everyday and grinding away at it."

Snider has compiled an batting average of .354 with an on-base percentage of .446 entering Thursday's game, a slugging percentage of .438 and an OPS of .884 in his 12 games with the 51's this season.

"I think the numbers are inflated. I think I have been making some progress." Snider said of his thoughts about his performance as part of the Las Vegas 51's. "We're going to take it one day at a time."

"Just taking extra swings and trying to shorten up it up a bit," Snider said of what he's doing to get his swing back on track.

"He's cutting down on his load a little bit and letting him be himself," Mottola added about improving Sniders swing.

Snider said he does not have a timetable to when he'd like to get called back up to Toronto. If he keeps improving at the pace he is now, he should have a short-lived stay in Las Vegas.

"Were just trying to get him back to being Travis Snider, "Mottola said. "He was doing so many things to entertain other people, now I want him to do it for himself and that's what we're going to get."


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\r\n \r\n\r\nAs expected, Travis Snider, a 23 year-old left-handed hitting left fielder, wasn't thrilled about being demoted, being accustomed to his role with the Toronto Blue Jays during 82 games last season. Being in Las Vegas was something he didn't have in his season plan this year, but he plans to take the opportunity to get his swing right and have prolonged success in the majors.
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\r\n\"Obviously disappointed.\" Snider said of his initial thoughts when he learned he was being sent down to the 51s. \"I came here with the mind set of obviously knowing what I need to work on, and what I need to do to stay on that level [major leagues].\"
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\r\nSnider's offensive numbers — which were down across the board from last season — during his 25 games with the Blue Jays this season were less than impressive with an .184 batting average, .276 OBP, a SLG of .264 and an OPS of .540. It was clear that something wasn't right with Snider's offensive production.
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\r\n\"In their (the Blue Jays organization) mind I wasn't performing well enough and it was time to make a move,\" Snider said.
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\r\nIn his short time with the Las Vegas 51's Snider feels he is around a good group of guys that will help him right the ship.
\r\n
\r\n\"Great guys. Chad Mottola (51's hitting coach) and Marty Brown (51's manager) make it fun to come to the field everyday.\"
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\r\nChad Mottola likes Snider's progress so far with the time they have spent together the last few weeks working on his swing.
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\r\n\"He is doing great. We're not getting as many results in-game as we would like or as he would like, but as far as the progression, it's going good,\" Mottola said of Snider's progress.
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\r\nOne might think a highly touted prospect like Snider would not be in the best of spirits after being sent down to the minor leagues, but Snider seems to be accepting this as an opportunity to fine-tune his game.
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\r\n\"He's been outstanding,\" Mottola said of Snider's demeanor since being sent down to Las Vegas. \"I want him to get out of here [and back to the Toronto Blue Jays] as quick as possible. He's been great at showing up for work everyday and grinding away at it.\"
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\r\nSnider has compiled an batting average of .354 with an on-base percentage of .446 entering Thursday's game, a slugging percentage of .438 and an OPS of .884 in his 12 games with the 51's this season.
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\r\n\"I think the numbers are inflated. I think I have been making some progress.\" Snider said of his thoughts about his performance as part of the Las Vegas 51's. \"We're going to take it one day at a time.\"
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\r\n\"Just taking extra swings and trying to shorten up it up a bit,\" Snider said of what he's doing to get his swing back on track.
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\r\n\"He's cutting down on his load a little bit and letting him be himself,\" Mottola added about improving Sniders swing.
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\r\nSnider said he does not have a timetable to when he'd like to get called back up to Toronto. If he keeps improving at the pace he is now, he should have a short-lived stay in Las Vegas.
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\r\n\"Were just trying to get him back to being Travis Snider, \"Mottola said. \"He was doing so many things to entertain other people, now I want him to do it for himself and that's what we're going to get.\"
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