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    From the PBC Blog today

    Pitcher Ian Snell has retired....Cardinals sent him to minor league camp this morning and he decided to call it a career.

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    If Snell is, indeed, finished, he went 38-53 in seven seasons, had a 4.80 ERA in 803.2 innings pitched and made $8,823,000.

    His finest year was that 2006 season with the Pirates, when he went 14-11 in 32 starts, striking out 169 and walking 74.

    There was also that bizarre set of circumstances in 2009 when a struggling Snell -- described often as enigmatic -- was sent down to Indianapolis.

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    If you're not mentally tough enough to handle Pittsburgh fan criticism, then retirement is the right call.
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    Snell never even got into the mix in St. Louis. You'd think a guy who has any kind of history of starting would get a shot at the open 5th starter job, but Snell only made one appearance all spring. I assume that means he was incredibly unimpressive when they worked him out on the side and whatnot.

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    Snell never even got into the mix in St. Louis. You'd think a guy who has any kind of history of starting would get a shot at the open 5th starter job, but Snell only made one appearance all spring. I assume that means he was incredibly unimpressive when they worked him out on the side and whatnot.
    It was all Nutting's fault. Can't you see that?

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    Snell never even got into the mix in St. Louis. You'd think a guy who has any kind of history of starting would get a shot at the open 5th starter job, but Snell only made one appearance all spring. I assume that means he was incredibly unimpressive when they worked him out on the side and whatnot.
    The guy was a mental breakdown. He had some good "stuff" but he lacked the most important part - the mental side" in order to pitch. He enjoyed success but had no idea how to overcome adversity of any level whatsoever.

    Tough to really fault Huntington too much for extending Snell when he did but I think they complete and utter bust of Ian Snell has made Hutitngton extremely gun shy now on handing out contracts to players with potential or one good season. good or bad
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    It was all Nutting's fault. Can't you see that?
    That and the earthquake and resulting reactor meltdowns that are occuring in Japan that are rivaling Snells (Oquendo's) meltdown.
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    Default Re: Ian Snell calls it a career

    Yesterday, a chap on the radio (the news reader on The Fan) accidentally called him Ian Smell. I could hear the brief pause as the chap obviously thought "do I correct myself or plough on?". He ploughed.
    'I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ***-kickers, ****-kickers and Methodists.'

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    I feel kinda bad for Ian. It's tough enough going through life with a physical handicap, but having a mental handicap is even tougher. As Lennon once sang "One thing you can't hide, is when you're crippled inside".

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    Just like Kordell Stewart, failure was everybody roses fault but Ian's. It is a shame because he had one hell of an arm, too bad he's paralyzed from the neck up.
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    I feel kinda bad for Ian. It's tough enough going through life with a physical handicap, but having a mental handicap is even tougher. As Lennon once sang "One thing you can't hide, is when you're crippled inside".
    He played the undersized card far too much to the point where it started to become annoying. Yeah, dude your short. You're not the first one and obviously height or lack of was never the problem, the poor mental makeup to "pitch" and not just "throw" was the issue.

    but... he tore up AAA when he demoted himself
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    ...This guy got on my nerves.....glad he was traded.....not sad he retired.....
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    Default Re: Ian Snell calls it a career

    And yet there are some who still think the Pirates got the short end of the Snell/Wilson trade.

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    Default Re: Ian Snell calls it a career

    Too bad that he didn't live up to his potential.

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    Default Re: Ian Snell calls it a career

    Ha. Not so fast...

    "Less than a month after retiring from the Majors as a 29-year-old, Ian Snell is considering a return, according to the right-hander's agent.

    "He told the world he's retiring, and that's what we thought was going to happen," Snell's agent Joe Sroba said Friday.

    Sroba said further news of a potential return for Snell could come within a week, and that a return to the Cardinals, who brought him to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, was a possibility.

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said the Cardinals will grant Snell his release....."

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...tnerId=rss_stl

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