Former catcher Brian Schneider has been named the manager of the Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads, an affiliate of the Miami Marlins, reports Marlins Country Radio (original credit to Drew Jenkins). Schneider retired after the 2012 season, ending a 13-year career in which he played for the Expos/Nationals, Mets, and Phillies.
Andy Haines managed the Hammerheads last season, leading the team to the 2012 Florida State League Championship Series, which they lost to the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
Brian Schneider told Mandy Housenick of The Morning Call on Tuesday evening that he is hanging up his catching equipment for good:
“It hasn’t been an easy decision, but there are a lot of factors,” said the 36-year-old free agent. “You don’t want to retire, but you think of your family and I think more than anything it’s physically how you feel. I’d kind of like to leave on my own terms and not have my last impression of baseball be someone telling me I can’t play. But there is a lot going on in my life and I’m very fortunate to have a great family and start being a dad and being around more often and being a good husband.”
Schneider registered a .247/.320/.369 batting line, 781 hits, 67 home runs and 387 RBI over the course of his 13-year major league career. He played for the Expos, Nationals, Mets and Phillies while earning a total of $22.4M.
Juan Pierre has collected more infield hits than anyone else in the game since arriving in the majors in 2000, but he had never won a game with one until now.
Pierre beat out a grounder to deep short in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Jimmy Rollins and give the Phillies an 8-7 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
It was Pierre’s sixth career game-winning hit. Half of them came in the Marlins’ championship year in 2003. He also had one for Florida in 2005, one for the White Sox last year and now today’s. All six hits were singles, but the first five all went to the outfield.
The Phillies were in a position to win it today because journeyman catcher Erik Kratz came up big with a three-run homer in the eighth. The 33-year-old Kratz entered the 2012 season with 40 at-bats and one RBI as a major leaguer. Filling in for Brian Schneider earlier and Carlos Ruiz currently, he has five homers, five doubles and 12 RBI in 45 at-bats this year.
The victory went to Jeremy Horst, his first in 27 appearances as a major leaguer. Left-hander Barret Browning took his second loss in three days for the Cardinals.
The Phillies just announced that Carlos Ruiz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. An MRI revealed a partial tear, so he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks. It’s been that kind of year for the Fightins.
It’s a real shame, as Ruiz was enjoying the best season of his seven-year major league career. The 33-year-old backstop was named to his first All-Star team last month and is currently fourth in the National League in batting average (.335) and sixth in on-base percentage (.399), slugging percentage (.559) and OPS (.959). He has already surpassed his previous career-highs with 14 home runs and 58 RBI.
There’s a chance that Ruiz could return at some point in September, but it might not be worth rushing him back to finish off a lost season. Brian Schneider and Erik Kratz will fill in behind the plate for now.
Philadelphia placed Brian Schneider on the disabled list after the backup catcher sprained his ankle on a home plate collision yesterday.
Triple-A catcher Erik Kratz replaces him on the roster and will serve as Carlos Ruiz’s new caddy.
Schneider has played sparingly for the Phillies behind the durable Ruiz, starting 20 of the first 74 games and hitting .232 with a .656 OPS.
Kratz is a 32-year-old journeyman with 46 career plate appearances in the majors and has shown some decent power in the minors.