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Chris Snelling

Chris Snelling - OF
Hometown: North Miami, FL
Debut: 25 May 2002
Final Game: 6 June 2008
Teams played for: Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies

Born in North Miami, Florida, journeyman outfielder Chris Snelling grew up Down Under, He attended Corpus Christi College in Bateman, WA, just south of Perth. The Seattle Mariners signed him as an amateur free agent in 1999, months before his 18th birthday. He rose through the Mariners' Minor League system fairly quickly, hitting over .300 in each of his first four professional seasons and establishing himself as one of the organization's top prospects.

Snelling debuted for the Mariners on 25 May, 2002, starting in the outfield and going 0-for-3 at the plate. He picked up his first big league hit three days later and stayed in the big leagues until the beginning of June, when he tore his left ACL while running the bases. The injury derailed the rest of his season, and began a series of ailments that dogged him for the rest of his career.

After several more seasons in the Minors, Snelling returned to the Majors in 2005, appearing in 15 games for the Mariners and trying to re-establish himself as a valid part of Seattle's outfield picture. He had a career-high 119 at-bats in a Seattle uniform in 2006, hitting .250 with three home runs and eight RBIs that season. Nevertheless, the Mariners dealt Snelling to the Washington Nationals in December 2006, marking the beginning of the end of his career.

Snelling appeared in 24 games for the Nationals in 2007 before being traded to the Oakland Athletics in early May. Snelling played in six games for the Athletics, and spent the 2008 season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization, getting most of his playing time at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Though he never officially retired, Snelling last played affiliated baseball in 2009, when he spent 19 games with the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and 49 games with the Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League, hitting a combined .275 with two home runs and 33 RBIs. He also played for Team Australia at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and both the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics and batted .273/.492/.398 in 29 games for the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2012/13 ABL season.

View Chris Snelling's career statistics from Baseball Reference

(Photo at right: Snelling at bat for the Blue Sox during the 2012/13 ABL season. Credit: SMP Images/ABL Media)