Delaney, 28, has five games of major-league experience with the Twins and Rays, all out of the bullpen. His numbers aren’t impressive: Eight walks, three strikeouts and seven earned runs in six innings — a 10.50 earned-run average. With the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, Delaney was 0-1 with nine hits and six earned runs in 5 ⅓ innings (a 10.13 ERA) this season.
Angels catcher Hank Conger made three throws to infielders in Thursday night’s exhibition game against the Texas Rangers. Two came on stolen base attempts at second; both runners were safe. The other came when Conger tried to pick off the runner at first base, starting a rundown that resulted in Leonys Martin being caught stealing, 2-3-4 in your scorebook.
It was only three throws and only an exhibition game in March.
And yet …
“It’s huge,” Conger said.
For Chris Snyder, hanging on to a career in baseball means driving 100 miles per hour up Interstate 95 from the Washington Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, Florida to Orlando International Airport, telling your wife and three kids to meet you back in Phoenix tomorrow, cramming to learn a new pitching staff in two weeks, and remembering to breathe in between.
The crazy thing is, Snyder knew it might happen.
“My family had just gotten down (to Florida) three, four days ago,” he said. “I told my wife, ‘don’t unpack too much because we might be going somewhere else, either down the road in Florida or in Phoenix.’ So we got word that the Nationals, the two guys they had — (Kurt) Suzuki and (Wilson) Ramos — they’re both good and they were going with them. They left it up to us to pursue other opportunities out here.”
Chris Snyder began Monday as a member of the Washington Nationals. By noon, he was in the mix to be the Angels’ backup catcher.