Snyder: Time to get on board

PHOENIX — Chris Snyder was one of players closest Bob Melvin so it’s no surprise that he had trouble dealing with Melvin’s firing last week.

After a meeting with new manager A.J. Hinch, Snyder said it’s time to move forward.

“I had a good talk with him,” Snyder said. “He was understanding of the relationship that I had with Mel and it was a good talk. I had the day going back and forth and the wonders and everything. Then you come to the park today and the one thing that was going through my head was ‘Why the heck not?’”

Melvin’s popularity with his players combined with Hinch’s lack of managing or coaching experience means the new skipper will need to earn the respect of his new charges. Snyder, though, set the tone for that Saturday.

“The 25 guys in this room still have to go out there and play,” Snyder said. “That [the managerial change] has been made. There’s a new guy at the top. Play for him like you’d play for anybody. It’s one of those things where if we want this, if we want to right this ship, we’ve got to trust him. He told us he was going to be very demanding and he’s going to push us. He said he’s going to be demanding and driven. It’s time to go, man. It’s time to go play. Let’s put our trust in him. I’ll be the first one to say it. Here we go.”

Hinch showed his sense of humor during his pregame session with the media Saturday.

“I have experience now,” he joked with one game under his belt. “Still proud of the double switch and the argument.”

In fact, the game was actually the most relaxing part of the day for Hinch.

As he drove home Friday night, he said he replayed the key points of game over and over in his mind, but sleep came relatively easily.

“When I went to bed last night I think it was a little more about a breath of air after a long day of high emotion, high stress,” he said.

No doubt getting a public show of support from one of the team’s leaders also will help put him at ease a bit.

“If it’s going to take someone to come out and say screw it, let’s go. I’ll be the first one. I’m on board. We’ve got to get everybody on board. We have to believe the decision was made for a reason and the more we question it the more time goes by. We need to focus on what’s going on on the field. The sooner everybody in here can say I’m on board let’s go, the better off we’ll be.”

7 Comments

Once again, another loss and pathetic effort. Doug pitched tough and the little league team showed up. The manager looked liked he belonged in a high school locker room, while the batting woes continued. This team needs to start dumping players before the All-Star Break and look down the road. Beginning wit the GM, the Dbacks need to clean house and trade for a few young guys, if they can even get something for this cavalcade of ballplayers. I thought it was tough under Buck, shoot, we haven’t seen a thing yet!

Start cleaning house now. Eric Brynes & Rauch need to be released.
Buckwheat.

the starting pitching is doing well even without Webb. i believe they hit bottom yesterday even as byrnes and upton and young are showing signs of life. i believe that soon the will put together a winning streak.

Last night in the saturday game with Washington Felipe Lopez decided not to hustle down the line to first on a routine ball hit to short…what happens?… the sub-par defender Dunn at first drops the ball and still gets Lopez out because he let up on running to the bag. If Lasorda, Sparky, Martin,Pinella or Larussa witnessed that lack of intensity… off to the minors you go!

NO ACCOUNTABILITY! SPOILED LAZY ENTITLED BALL PLAYERS!

Last night in the saturday game with Washington Felipe Lopez decided not to hustle down the line to first on a routine ball hit to short…what happens?… the sub-par defender Dunn at first drops the ball and still gets Lopez out because he let up on running to the bag. If Lasorda, Sparky, Martin,Pinella or Larussa witnessed that lack of intensity… off to the minors you go!

NO ACCOUNTABILITY! SPOILED LAZY ENTITLED BALL PLAYERS!

Hi Steve,
Snyder is indeed a leader, as this article indicates. He is also a very good defensive catcher and his bat is starting to come around. I’m sorry but Montero does not call nearly as good a game and his throws to second base are most often awful. Has Hinch really been warching the games from the stands? If so, he apparently has a lot to learn about talent evaluation.

The last few days have been a huge disappointment!

In general the team lacks consistancy accross the board. Kudos for shaking up the team with a management move, but not sure it will shake this team out of the funk they seem to be in. Fans are starting to dissappear and the momentum of abandonment will probably result in a huge attendance loss for the year. Unless this team starts to play better look for smaller and smaller crowds, because nobody wants to see a bunch of talented guys just going through the motions.

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