Ian Snell Retires

Pitcher Ian Snell has retired, tweets B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest.com.  The Cardinals sent Snell to minor league camp and he instead elected to hang up his cleats.  Snell, 29, had signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals in January after being let go by the Mariners.  He was described as eager and excited just last month upon arriving in Florida.

Snell's best season was 2007, when as a 25-year-old he posted a 3.76 ERA in 208 innings.  That performance earned him a three-year, $8.6MM extension, but he quickly lost effectiveness.

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  1. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    Whoa. Why? I mean, what? Huh… I’m confused. This came out of no where. Looks like “Ian Smell’s” user name is the first MLBTR name to become outdated.

  2. Ian_Smell 4 years ago

    I decided that playing baseball and posting on MLBTR was too difficult to juggle, so I’ve decided to post on here full time and give this my complete and undivided attention.

    • wickedkevin 4 years ago

      That’s what I was hoping you would say.

    • InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

      I came on here to make sure you released a statement.

      • rickjimbo 4 years ago

        I’m with Leyland on this, happy to hear it straight from the failed workhorse’s mouth. Happy trails

        • wickedkevin 4 years ago

          I think the regular posters here came on more for Smell’s statement opposed to news on Snell.

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      You have increased your likes by about 10% in the last 24 hours. Congratulations.

    • bomberj11 4 years ago

      Holy crap, that’s the most likes I’ve ever seen for any post.

      • Stl_Great 4 years ago

        125 and counting, Congratulations. Thank you for leaving Cardinals Camp, You deserve all the likes in the world Mr. Smell.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      is that a record?

    • s8n666 4 years ago

      I think you may have set a record for ‘likes’ on one posting.

  3. Jiujitsu411420 4 years ago

    Hey Ian…… Smell ya later

  4. Pseudonymus Bosch 4 years ago

    I mean, it must have been bad if the Cardinals decided he couldn’t pitch for them.

  5. 55saveslives 4 years ago


  6. Infield Fly 4 years ago

    Looks like someone else took a dose of reality – Eric Byrnes style. I give him props for that.

    • wickedkevin 4 years ago

      If a guy loves playing the game, why stop? I have nothing against players who play as long as they can even if they’re awful.

      • Infield Fly 4 years ago

        Well, obviously he thinks it’s time to stop, which is what matters most.

      • Busta Posey 4 years ago

        Is Rickey Henderson still trying to make a come back in the independent league?

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        sergio mitre says “thanks for understanding”

  7. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I came here hoping it was the player who retired, not the mlbtr poster.

  8. H stunk anyways

  9. He stunk anyways

  10. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Also everyone should Youtube the “how big is Ian Snell’s (word for male member) ”

    It was from a phone in show and a caller with a serious tone asked that question. Its hilarious.

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      I love how they cut him off half way through.

      “And I’d just like to know how big is Ian Snell’s pe..”

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        haha its so good cuz the guy didn’t laugh or anything…

        “we all know he has huge upside and a huge penis… but I’d like to know just how big Ian Snell’s Pe.. ”


        • JacksTigers 4 years ago

          You could tell that he had rehearsed it a thousand times. I love the look on the old guys face.

    • Motor_City_Bombshell 4 years ago

      oh my goodness. if i’d have seen that on tv that would have been the funniest and most random thing i’d have ever watched…damn. hahaha

  11. hoagiebuchanan 4 years ago


  12. headsupkid01 4 years ago

    Ian Snell retires? This is actually news worthy?

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      Why yes. Yes it is.

      • wickedkevin 4 years ago

        I want to say something snooty back, but it was his first post on the site, so I’ll be good.

        • JacksTigers 4 years ago

          Trust me, it took every fiber in my body for my smart @$$ not to tell him off.

    • RahZid 4 years ago

      Any relation to Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration?

  13. We gave him a chance in Seattle, pitcher friendly park and he still sucked. Oh well..

  14. goner 4 years ago

    When asked what he planned to do after hanging up his cleats, Snell said he was going to buy “the world’s biggest jar of peanut butter” and smear it on his chest, then roll around in broken glass.

  15. Hoosierdaddy92 4 years ago

    If Dave Duncan can’t fix him, NO ONE CAN

  16. Snell, you failed in Seattle and realized that you weren’t good even in the minors you hung up the cleats. You coulnd’t keep up with the triple A kids haha. nice job on quitting. What an inspiration folks.

    • HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

      Classy comment. I’m guessing what baseball skill he had is more than you’ll ever have. At least he tried for a comeback, which is admirable.

      • marinersforlife 4 years ago

        please inform me on this “comback” of his. Do you know how any times he would get replaced in the 5th sometimes 4th inning here in Seattle?

        • HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

          Actually I do, because I watch nearly every Mariners game. How many innings he worked is irrelevant.

          Did you actually read what I wrote before you made a snotty comment? I said “tried for a comeback”, which he obviously did since he went to Tacoma, then moved on to The Cardinals to work with Dave Duncan.

    • BattingThird_Number34 4 years ago

      He did become a Major League Baseball player – something I dreamed of when I was a kid. What have you done besides deride a guy for being mediocre at the highest possible level?

  17. darkstorm97 4 years ago

    I once saw him pitch at Busch stadium in 2006. He gave up 3 homers to Albert Pujols. That will always be my memory of Ian Snell.

    • cards612 4 years ago

      in his defense, it was Albert Pujols…i’d give the credit more to Pujols’s talent level than to Snell’s lack of talent.

  18. When he left the Pirates, he peed all over them, saying that the team and the coaches were the reason he fell off the map. Then he went out and proved himself wrong.

  19. Triteon 4 years ago

    Ian Snell? I know people…and I have a very good feeling about you.

  20. LongTimeFan1 4 years ago

    Snell was suicidal a few years ago while with the Pirates and asked to be sent down to the minors because he couldn’t manage expectations at the big league level. I don’t know why he retired at such a young age, but it’s good bet his overall well being had something to do with it.

  21. JacksTigers 4 years ago


  22. TheHotCorner 4 years ago

    I would like to be 29 again.

  23. iains 4 years ago

    Retiring at 29 with almost 9 million in the bank… certainly sounds good to me

  24. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    It was all a dream

  25. Stl_Great 4 years ago

    I used to read Word-Up magazine

  26. mwagner26 4 years ago

    Salt-n-Pepper and Heavy D up in the limousine.

  27. bomberj11 4 years ago


  28. hanging pictures on my wall Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl

  29. Stl_Great 4 years ago

    I let my tape rock till my tape popped, smokin weed and bamboo, sippin on private stock

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