Former Phillies Catcher Brian Schneider Earns Managerial Job

Brian Schneider #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)
Brian Schneider #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images) /

Brian Schneider, who served as backup catcher to Carlos Ruiz during the 2010-12 Phillies seasons, has been named manager of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate.

Former 13-year veteran catcher Brian Schneider, who played 122 games with the Philadelphia Phillies among the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, has been named manager of the New York Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, according to

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Schneider, 43, replaces Tony DeFrancesco as the Triple-A Syracuse Mets manager; DeFrancesco was named the Mets’ major league first base coach earlier in the offseason as part of Carlos Beltran’s staff.

Schneider had recently served as catching coach for the Miami Marlins; in 2014, less than two years after retirement from his playing career, he managed the Marlins’ Class A-Advanced affiliate, the Jupiter Hammerheads, of the Florida State League.

As a Phillie, Schneider slashed .212/.295/.327 with 13 doubles, eight home runs, 31 RBI, 35 walks, and 75 strikeouts spanning 384 plate appearances. Behind the plate, he committed just three errors spanning 870 2/3 innings. The Jacksonville, Florida, native also played for the Montreal Expos (2000-04), Washington Nationals (2005-07), and Mets (2008-09).

According to’s Lindsay Kramer, Schneider produced a career caught stealing percentage of 36 percent, throwing out 201 of 606 potential base stealers. And, among catchers to appear in at least 750 games, Schneider’s lifetime caught stealing percentage ranks 30th in Major League Baseball history.

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Schneider not only reunites with the Mets organization, but also their current major-league GM Brodie Van Wagenen, who was his agent during his playing career.

Schneider caught three games and 22 innings thrown by Roy Halladay during his 2010 National League Cy Young-Award winning season; the Phillies ace combined to post a 3.27 ERA and 11.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio with Schneider at the backstop, as opposed to the 2.13 ERA and 7.42 ratio with Carlos Ruiz.