Monday, January 17, 2011

Phorgotten Phillie Phile - Chris Snelling

Usually Phorgotten Phillies that I post are from years ago but today we look at Chris Snelling who appeared in 4 games for the Phillies in 2008.Snelling was a highly-regarded free agent signing by the Mariners in 1999 but injuries really limited his career. He was signed by the Phillies in November 2007 and assigned to their minor league club, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He was called up in April, 2008, to fill in for the injured Shane Victorino. Although he only had 4 at bats, he made the most of them, getting a home run and a double. His home run was on April 15th. It was a pinch hit HR in the ninth which started a 4-run rally as the Phillies beat the Astros 4-3.

Snelling's other claim to fame was during the 2009 World Baseball classic. Although he was born in the US, he grew up in Australia and played on the 2009 Australian team. He hit 2 home runs powering Australia over Mexico.

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