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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67 Comments on "Ian Snell Retires"


JacksTigers
4 years 5 months 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 Looks like “Ian Smell’s” user name is the first MLBTR name to become outdated.

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Atleast his MLBT name was accurate.

Ian_Smell
4 years 5 months 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 5 months ago

That’s what I was hoping you would say.

inleylandwetrust
4 years 5 months ago

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

rickjimbo
4 years 5 months ago

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

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

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

rickjimbo
4 years 5 months ago

One big happy smellting pot

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

One big happy 105 *like* record.

rickjimbo
4 years 5 months ago

Reply Derp

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

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

bomberj11
4 years 5 months ago

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

Stl_Great
4 years 5 months ago

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

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

is that a record?

Ian_Smell
4 years 5 months ago

I’ve actually been wondering that myself.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

someone should look it up for us.

s8n666
4 years 5 months ago

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

Jiujitsu411420
4 years 5 months ago

Hey Ian…… Smell ya later

Pseudonymus Bosch
4 years 5 months ago

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

55saveslives
4 years 5 months ago

Who?

one_more_red_october
4 years 5 months ago

Ian Oquendo

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

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

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

Bust A Posey
4 years 5 months ago

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

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

sergio mitre says “thanks for understanding”

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

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

4 years 5 months ago

H stunk anyways

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

fail

4 years 5 months ago

He stunk anyways

4 years 5 months ago

*anyway

anyways- not a word.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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.. ”

haha

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months 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 5 months 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

hoagiebuchanan
4 years 5 months ago

DELAWARE REPRESENT!

headsupkid01
4 years 5 months ago

Ian Snell retires? This is actually news worthy?

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Why yes. Yes it is.

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

JB3
4 years 5 months ago

Any relation to Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration?

Lee Steva
4 years 5 months ago

Or Bagger Vance?

4 years 5 months ago

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

goner
4 years 5 months 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.

Hoosierdaddy92
4 years 5 months ago

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

Stl_Great
4 years 5 months ago

Bob can.

4 years 5 months ago

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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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?

darkstorm97
4 years 5 months 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 5 months 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.

4 years 5 months ago

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.

Triteon
4 years 5 months ago

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

LongTimeFan1
4 years 5 months 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.

4 years 5 months ago

It’s the other twenty four that we didn’t hear about…

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

BIGGIE!!

TheHotCorner
4 years 5 months ago

I would like to be 29 again.

iains
4 years 5 months ago

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

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

It was all a dream

Stl_Great
4 years 5 months ago

I used to read Word-Up magazine

mwagner26
4 years 5 months ago

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

bomberj11
4 years 5 months ago

Uh…

4 years 5 months ago

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

Stl_Great
4 years 5 months ago

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