An MLB veteran of 11 years, Brian Schneider has brought a lot of experience and solid defense to the Phillies team this season. Brian has been signed through the 2011 season with the Phillies.
Schneider’s career started with a team that is no longer in existence, the Montreal Expos. He came up to the big leagues in May 2000, and stayed with the Expos organization up through 2007 after which he was traded to the New York Mets along with Ryan Church for Lastings Milledge. Brian stayed with the Mets for 2 seasons, and after those seasons he was granted free agency. The Phillies signed him for a mere 2.75 million over two years after he made nearly $10M with the Mets over the two seasons of 2008 and 2009.
Part of the reason why Schneider’s stock went down so low was that he was injured for much of 2009 with the Mets. He had a lower back injury and then a calf injury. Brian grew up being a Phillies fan, he graduated high school from Northhampton, PA and now he get’s his chance to be a part of the Phillies team and make his contributions.
Schneider’s home run last night was the spark to get the Phillies moving on offense. He stepped up to the plate in the 3rd inning and launched a right field homer that scored Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino. The Phillies went on to win 8-4 in LA to keep pace with the Braves who seem to keep on winning.