Snider brings new perspective in callup

Snider brings new perspective in callup

Snider brings new perspective in callup
BOSTON -- It took a lot longer than originally expected but Travis Snider finally has another opportunity to make an impact at the big league level.

Toronto's former top prospect was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday morning following a multiplayer deal that saw outfielder Ben Francisco, Francisco Cordero and prospects sent to Houston.

The surprising trade opened up a spot on the 25-man roster for Snider, who will now assume an everyday role in left field at least until Jose Bautista returns from the 15-day disabled list. Snider said he arrives in the Majors this time around with a different mentality following years of frustration.

"It might sound different or unexpected, but what I've gone through in life not only outside of baseball but in baseball prepares me for these tests that life is going to bring," said Snider, who hit .335 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs in 56 games for Las Vegas.

"Whether it's baseball, or injuries, or family situations or whatever, it's understanding what I can control, and that's my mindset. Inner peace and happiness is not something that's going to be affected by things that go on outside."

Snider lost the starting job in left field to incumbent Eric Thames during Spring Training. Thames proceeded to struggle during the first month of the season, but even when he was demoted to Triple-A, Snider was passed over in favor of veteran Rajai Davis.

It was another disappointing turn of events for Snider, who has bounced back and forth between the Majors and Minors for the past four years. Along the way he has also dealt with more than his fair share of injuries and has never received more than 300 at-bats in the big leagues during one season to prove his worth.

Despite all of the ups and downs, Snider is still just 24 years old. Even if this latest assignment with the Blue Jays proves to be a make-or-break scenario for his future in Toronto, the same certainly cannot be said about his overall career.

The biggest challenge for Snider was to maintain a positive outlook throughout all of the down times, and that's something he believes was accomplished this year.

"It's a tough pill to swallow when opportunities aren't handed to you like they were in the past," said Snider, who began the 2009-11 seasons as a starter with the big league club. "And I said earlier this year, I know I'm not the golden boy, I'm not the 20-, 21-year-old kid again, but it's a good learning process for me, a chance to grow up, a chance to mature.

"It's a chance to hopefully give somebody somewhere outside this clubhouse, or even in this clubhouse, a perspective on how you can deal with things in life, and what it takes each and every day to wake up and maintain that focus on what you can control."