Skip Schumaker is retiring

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Skip Schumaker has been in Padres camp this spring. And he’s been getting good reviews with respect to how he’s fit in and how he’s commanded the respect of Padres players and coaches. Ultimately, though, playing is what matters and Schumaker has apparently decided that playing is not something he wants to do anymore: the Padres just announced he has retired.

Schumaker had an 11-year big league career between the Cardinals, Dodgers and Reds, splitting time between the outfield and second base. He played 1,149 games and put up a line of .278/.337/.364 with 28 homers and 284 RBI. He played in the playoffs in four different seasons — three with St. Louis, one with the Dodgers — and got a World Series ring in 2011 (He may have gotten one in 2006 too, but he wasn’t a major part of that club). His postseason highlight was probably going 6-for-10 with two doubles and three driven in in the 2011 NLDS against the Phillies.

Maybe that good fitting in and leadership stuff from this spring showed Schumaker that he would make a good coach or front office assistant. If that’s where his baseball journey goes next, this spring may very well have been more productive for him than he figured it would be.

Good luck, Skip.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.