Travis Snider before the 2011 season.
- The Blue Jays (Cito/Tenace) didn't understand his mental makeup and treated him poorly.
- When he finally did get promoted, due to injuries and very poor performance by the AAA callups, Anthopolous went shopping for a bullpen at the trade deadline and Travis (and Thames) were victims of trade.
He may, in fact, be the most self-actualized young player I've ever encountered, and it's no accident. Snider has worked as hard on himself as he has on his game.
Certainly, Gaston's regime was not rookie-friendly, and Snider didn't take it very well in his own account. He did not like sitting out games. Things did not go well for Snider in 2009. He started off the season quite similar to how Lawrie finished in 2011, hitting the cover off the ball. Through his first 14 games, he hit .310 / .383 / .643 with 8 extra base hits in his first 13 hits. But he slipped after that, and in the stretch of 18 games prior to his demotion back to AAA Veags, he hit .193 / .220 / .211. This coincides well with Snider's recalling of him trying to change his swing in Davidi's story with Tenace's and Gaston's urgings. And frankly, Snider had stiff competition in the outfield. So, with the roster, Gaston went with Bautista / Rios / Wells in the outfield, Overbay at 1st, and Rolen at 3rd, with Lind at DH. This left no room for Snider to play, and he was demoted.