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Chris Snelling injured in first World Baseball Classic at-bat

Mar 2, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

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Sad to say, I saw this one coming a mile away.

Chris Snelling, who had pretty much the worst luck of any position prospect ever, hit a line-drive single for Australia in his first World Baseball Classic at-bat Saturday against Chinese Taipei starter Chien-Ming Wang and then immediately left the game with a leg injury.

Snelling was ranked by Baseball America as a top 100 prospect three times while making his way through the Mariners system and debuted in the majors as a 20-year-old in 2002. However, one injury after another prevented him from establishing himself. In all, he hit .244/.360/.400 in 225 major league at-bats from 2002-08. He last played in the United States in 2009, appearing in 19 games for the Pirates’ Triple-A club.

Australia is a long shot to advance in the World Baseball Classic, so even if Snelling’s latest injury proves minor, it seems doubtful that a U.S. audience will ever see him again.

  1. jwbiii - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Buzzard’s luck.

  2. vallewho - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM


    • jwbiii - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      C’mon. He’s not a northern hemisphere not ready for game action yet player. The ABL just finished their season three weeks ago.

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 2, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Right, because NO ONE gets injured during Spring Training correct?

  3. skipcastaneda - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    There was a great article about Snelling in Baseball America when he was in the California League. He would buy his clothes at thrift stores and pig out on Del Taco. Great guy!!

  4. unclemosesgreen - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    The poor guy has had worse luck with injuries than Mat Gamel.

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