Today, seemingly out of nowhere, the Phillies announced the signing of catcher (and former Met) Brian Schneider. As a member of the Montreal Expos, Schneider used to kill the Phillies. Apparently he had the chance to sign elsewhere as a starter, but he opted to come to Philly to serve as back-up to Carlos Ruiz in 2010 and 2011. Schneider had a forgettable year with the Mets in 2009, as he was slowed by a bad back. The Phils hope he's an upgrade over the Paul Bako/Coste tandem from last year. He's worn #23 since 2004, and the number is now available given Bako's departure.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
2008 Upper Deck World Series Champions #PP-15 Chris Coste
There has been a flurry of recent Phillies and Mets activity involving back-up catchers. First, it was announced Monday evening that fan favorite Chris Coste had signed with the dreaded New York Mets to compete for a roster spot out of Spring Training. This one's tough. I admire Chris Coste, and he'll always be a favorite of mine, but for now he's the enemy.