Longtime Giant and fan favorite J.T. Snow joined the San Francisco Giants front office in December, 2006 after retiring from a 15-year big league career. The six-time Gold Glove first baseman has a wide variety of duties in his role, including personal appearances, broadcasting on the radio side, serving as an instructor during Spring Training, a roving instructor for the minor league clubs and advising general manager Brian Sabean on an as-needed basis.
Snow, who spent nine seasons in a Giants uniform from 1997-2005, helped San Francisco to four post season appearances during his tenure before completing his career with the Boston Red Sox in 2006. He and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey are the only Giants first basemen to start nine consecutive Opening Days since the club moved to San Francisco in
The Long Beach, CA native owned a .268 lifetime average with 189 home runs and 877 RBI over 1,715 career games for the Yankees (1992), Angels (1993-96), Giants (1997-2005) and Red
Snow, who is one of three players to win the coveted "Willie Mac Award" twice in his career (1997 and 2004) along with Mike Krukow and Bengie Molina, makes his home in Hillsborough, CA with his wife, Stacie, and their son, Shane.
SUMMARY: In his 9th and final season as a Giant, batted .275 with 17 doubles, 4 homers and 40 RBI in 117 games...made the start at first base on Opening Day for the 9th consecutive season, matching Willie McCovey's mark (1965-73) for most by a first basemen since the Giants moved West...began the season by batting .322 (19-for-59) with a .403 on-base percentage in 20 games in April before dipping to a .234 mark (25-for-107) during the next 2 months...rebounded to bat at a .284 (57-for-201) clip in 66
games from July 1 through the end of the season...was slowed by illness and injury at
various times, missing 8 games from May 7-15 with an intestinal disorder and 9 contests from September 13-22 with a strained left hamstring.
STRONG AT FIRST: Turned in a .997 fielding percentage at first base, committing only 3
miscues in 874 total chances...among all National League first basemen, trailed only Cincinnati's Sean Casey (.998) for tops in the league, while only Texas' Mark Teixeira (.998) and Los Angeles' Darin Erstad (.997) topped or equaled Snow in the American League...J.T. logged a 48-game errorless streak from May 6-August 10.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Ranked 3rd on the club with a .313 average with runners in scoring position...ranked 7th in the N.L. with a .373 mark with runners in scoring position from July 2 through the end of the year...batted .323 with 20 RBI in 58 games against N.L. West opponents...hit .371 (23-for-62) in situations deemed "close and late".
MORE 2005 HIGHLIGHTS: Recorded a pair of 4-hit games April 26 vs. San Diego and May 2 at Arizona, matching his career high for the 16th time...had 3-straight games with 3 hits July 2-4...became just the 14th player in San Francisco history to reach 1,000 hits July 18 vs. Atlanta...had a season-high 6-game hitting streak September 2-7, batting .435 (10-for-23)...delivered game-winning RBI singles in the 8th inning September 23
at Colorado and in the 9th inning September 26 at San Diego...collected his 1,500th career hit in his final at-bat of the season with a single off Arizona's Brandon Webb on October 2 at Pac Bell.
Batted better than .300 for the first time in his career, finishing with a .327 average that would have ranked 6th in the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify...in 107 games, turned in a .429 on-base percentage and .529 slugging, the best totals of his career, with 32 doubles, 12 homers and 60 RBI...his 12 homers were his most since hitting 19 in 2000...led the National League with a .387 batting average after the All-Star Break, trailing only Ichiro's .429 mark for tops in the majors...ranked 2nd in the
league with a .361 batting average with runners in scoring position, behind only Barry Bonds...at first base, turned in a .995 fielding percentage, committing just 4 errors in 860 total chances...would have ranked 3rd in the league had he played enough games to qualify...was limited to 107 games after undergoing arthroscopic left knee surgery May 26 by Giants orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gary Fanton...was on the disabled list May 22-June
25...upon his return, batted .375 with 46 runs, 24 doubles, 11 homers and 51 RBI in 70
games the rest of the season...slugged his first career pinch-hit home run July 4 off
Oakland's Octavio Dotel to lead off the 9th...led the league in hitting in the month of
August, batting .452 with 5 homers and 16 RBI in 22 games...collected his first 3-homer
game August 13 at Philadelphia, the 26th effort in franchise history...also scored a
career-high 5 runs in the contest...had a pair of 4-hit games: August 3 vs. Cincinnati and
September 3 vs. Arizona...missed 4 games August 20-24 due to a staph infection of the
bursa sac on his left elbow...completed campaign by hitting safely in 30 of his final 39
games, batting .402 with 12 doubles, 8 homers and 35 RBI...the stretch included a
career-high 13-game hitting streak from August 3-18.
Helped lead the Giants to a wire-to-wire first-place finish in the N.L. West, batting
.273 with 8 homers and 51 RBI in 103 games...endured a pair of groin injuries that landed him on the disabled list from June 21-July 2 and August 17-31 (left groin) and injured his
right groin September 15 that hampered him down the stretch...Giants recorded a 60-33
record (.645) in games that he appeared...ranked 2nd on the club with a .387 on-base
percentage and hit .333 with runners in scoring position...began the season by batting
.338 with 21 RBI through the end of April...his 21 RBI established a new career high for
an opening month, besting his 17 RBI in April, 1993...became just the 3rd Giant to hit a
Pac Bell "splash homer" to right field June 5 vs. Minnesota...began to be limited by leg
problems in June, suffering a strained left groin while running the bases June 17 at Los
Angeles, leading to his disabled list stints...became San Francisco's No. 2 hitter down
the stretch, scoring 35 runs with a .414 on-base percentage in 40 starts...hit safely in 3
of 4 games in the NLDS vs. Florida, batting .313 with 5 RBI...matched post-season
career high with 3 hits in Game 4 at Florida.
Caught fire in the postseason and helped the Giants to the 7th game of the World Series vs. Anaheim, batting .333 (22-for-66) with 2 homers, 9 RBI, a .371 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage in 17 post-season games...led the club in hits, tied for the team lead with 4 doubles and hit safely in 15 of 17 contests...batted .407
(11-for-27) in the World Series vs. the Angels, and was the only Giant to hit safely in all
7 games...slugged a decisive home run in Game 1 off Anaheim's Jarrod Washburn to give
the Giants a 4-1 lead en route to a 4-3 victory...in the regular season, batted .246 with
6 homers and 53 RBI in 143 games...was hampered by nagging injuries in the season's first half, limited to just 62 starts in the season's first 87 games, and was batting only .229 (53-for-231) at the All-Star Break...had a more productive second half, hitting .267 (51-for-191) in 72 games after the break...participated in back-to-back-to-back homers with Reggie Sanders and David Bell in the 6th inning August 4 at Pittsburgh.. nearly
2 years later to the day, went back-to-back-to-back with Barry Bonds and Pedro Feliz in the 7th inning August 3, 2004 vs. Cincinnati.
Endured 3 separate stints on the disabled list en route to an off year offensively, batting .246 with 8 homers and 34 RBI in 101 games, his fewest games played since the strike-shortened campaign of 1994 (61 games)...had never been on the disabled list in his professional career prior to 2001 (majors or minors)...was on the D.L. May 27-June 13 with bruised ribs (suffered in a home plate collision with Ben Petrick May 26 vs.
Colorado), June 23-July 13 with a bilateral groin strain and July 27-August 6 with
gastroenteritis...his .246 batting average, 8 homers and 34 RBI were all his lowest totals
sice 1994, when he batted .220 with 8 homers and 30 RBI with California...recorded his
11th multi-homer game May 8 vs. Montreal, homering off Mike Thurman and Ugueth
Urbina...after the All-Star Break, batted .364 (8-for-22) in an 8-game stretch before
landing on the disabled list for the 3rd and final time July 27 (gastroenteritis).
Earned his 6th straight Gold Glove at first base, his 4th in as many seasons as a Giant, and batted .284 with 19 home runs and 96 RBI in 155 games, helping San Francisco to the N.L. West title...became just the 6th player in major league history with multiple Gold Glove Awards in each league, joining pitchers Bobby Shantz and Jim Kaat, catcher Bob Boone, and outfielders Dave Winfield and Jim Edmonds...marked his 6th
season in a row with at least 15 homers and nearly matched his 98 RBI from the season
before...his 33 doubles remain his 2nd-most in a season to date, trailing only his career-high 36 doubles in 1997 with San Francisco...clubbed a pair of grand slams -- May 21 at Milwaukee off
Valerio De Los Santos and August 15
at Montreal off Mike Johnson...the
August 15 blast was part of a career-high 6-RBI effort that featured his 10th-career multi-homer game...also had a pair of homers July 17 vs.
Texas...collected his 1,000th career
hit September 5 vs. Philadelphia, a
7th-inning solo homer off Vicente
Padilla...was the Giants' 6th team
homer of the game...delivered his
league-leading 14th sacrifice fly September 10 vs. San Diego, establishing a new N.L. record for left-handed hitters...went 4-for-10 (.400) with a
homer and 3 RBI in 4 games of the NLDS vs. the Mets...set off a short-lived celebration with a pinch-hit, 3-run homer off Armando Benitez in the
9th inning of Game 2 to tie the game at 4...the Mets would win 5-4 in 10 innings.
Batting exclusively lefthanded for the first time in his major league career (had always been a switch-hitter through 1998), batted .274 with 24 homers, 98 RBI and 93 runs scored in 161 games...his runs scored and games played totals remain career highs today...earned his 5th-straight Gold Glove Award, as his .996 fielding percentage at first base trailed only Arizona's Travis Lee (.997)...hit 20 or more homers for the 3rd time in his career, having already done so in 1995 (with California) and in
1997 (San Francisco)...was one of 5 Giants with 80 or more RBI, marking the first such quintet in franchise history...was joined by Jeff Kent (101), Ellis Burks (96), Barry Bonds (83) and Rich Aurilia (80) in record-setting group...was also one of 5 Giants with 20 or more homers, the 3rd such quintet in Giants history (also 1953 and 1973)...his May 4 home run off Scott Sauerbeck marked his first career homer off a southpaw while batting lefthanded...was named N.L. Player of the Week for the period of August 23-29.
Posted decent offensive and defensive numbers despite tough times on and off the
field...though his batting average dipped to .248, turned in 15 homers, 79 RBI and 29
doubles...registered his 4th Gold Glove Award in a row, committing just one error in 138
games...did so despite missing time as he visited his ailing mother, who sadly succumbed to cancer at the age of 54 on June 17...missed additional time on the field with a right wrist sprain and right shoulder tendinitis, the latter of which required surgery to repair the cartilage by Dr. Lewis Yocum on October 23...in his first game following his mother's passing, returned to the team June 23 in Oakland and homered as part of a 1-for-4 effort...slugged his 100th career home run June 28 vs. Texas off Aaron Sele, his
5th-career grand slam...batted lefthanded vs. a left-handed pitcher September 22 vs.
Pittsburgh, the firt time he done so in his major league career...did so the rest of the
season, going 1-for-4 with a double in such situations.
In his first season with the Giants, turned in one of the finest seasons of his career,
setting career highs with 28 homers, 104 RBI, 36 doubles, 96 walks and 6 stolen bases
to go along with a .281 batting average in 157 games...hit 26 home runs in his final 93
games (325 at-bats) after hitting only 2 blasts in his first 64 contests (206 at-bats)...won
his first N.L. Gold Glove Award, his 3rd overall, after posting a .995 fielding percentage,
3rd-best in the league...joined Jeff Kent (121 RBI) and Barry Bonds (101) to become the first Giants trio to each drive in more than 100 RBI in the same season since Johnny
Mize (138), Walker Cooper (122) and Willard Marshall (107) turned the trick for the
1947 New York squad...was named the 1997 "Willie Mac Award" winner, an honor voted
upon by Giants players, coaches as training staff as the club's most inspirational
player...missed most of spring training after being struck in the left eye by a pitch thrown
by Seattle's Randy Johnson March 11 at Scottsdale Stadium...sustained a fracture to the
lower orbit of his left eye, but returned in time to start at first base on Opening Day April
1 vs. Pittsburgh, becoming the 5th different Giant to start at first base in the season
opener in the last 5 years...posted a then-career high 12-game hitting streak from July
11-24, batting .383 (18-for-47) during the tear...was named the co-N.L. Player of the
Week (with Atlanta's John Smoltz) for the period of August 4-10.
Batted .257 with 17 homers and 67 RBI in 155 games, his final season with the
Angels before moving to San Francisco in an off-season trade...earned his 2nd-straight
American League Gold Glove Award, the first Angels first basemen to earn the award
twice...committed 10 errors in 1,387 total chances, good for a .993 fielding
percentage...homered from both sides of the plate June 9 at Cleveland (off Brian Anderson and Julian Tavarez)...connected for his 3rd-career grand slam July 27 vs. Milwaukee off Ben McDonald.
Won the American League Gold Glove at first base in his first full season in the big leagues...batted .289 with 24 homers, 102 RBI and 80 runs scored in 143 games...posted a .997 fielding percentage at first base en route to his honor, totaling only 4 errors in 1,222 total chances.
Split the season between Triple-A Vancouver and the Angels...recalled from Triple-A June 4, he ended up starting more games at first base (60) than any other Angel...made just 2 errors in 528 total chances at first base, a .996 fielding percentage...hit his first career grand slam July 18 at home off Boston's Tim VanEgmond...notched his 2nd-career multi-homer game August 6 vs. Chicago, both off Jason Bere...while playing
Winter Ball in Venezuela for Aragua, suffered partial tear of the labrum in his left shoulder
diving for a ball in left field...underwent arthroscopic surgery December 15 at Anaheim
Memorial Hospital, performed by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum.
Spent most of his first season in the Angels organization with the big league club,
save 4 weeks at Triple-A Vancouver...opened regular season by becoming the 20th
player in club history to hit a home run in his first game as an Angel...the home run, on
April 6 vs. Milwaukee (off Bill Wegman), came in his 2nd at-bat of the game and represented his first career blast...earned American League co-Player of the Week honors (with Chris Bosio) for the period of April 19-25...optioned to Vancouver July 26, he was soon recalled August 23 and batted .281 (36-for-128) with 5 homers and 14 RBI in 38 games the rest of the way...was named the A.L. Player of the Week for a 2nd time
September 27-October 3, joining Dave Winfield (1991) as the only Angel to be so
honored twice in the same campaign.
Earned International League MVP and "Rookie of the Year" honors, batting .313 with 15 homers and 79 RBI in 135 games for Triple-A Columbus, his final season in the Yankees organization...was the first International League player to earn both honors in
same season since Randy Milligan in 1987...ranked second in the league with 154 hits, a .395 on-base percentage and 70 walks...was twice named by Baseball America
to its Triple-A All-Star team and honored by the league as its premiere first baseman...was rewarded for his season with a September 19 call-up to New York, following the International League playoffs...made his major league debut September 20 at Kansas City and went hitless in his first 10 at-bats before stroking a double on September 27 at Toronto off Tom Henke for his first major league hit...recorded his first major league RBI in his first start September 29 at Cleveland, going 1-for-3 with 2 RBI.
Played the entire season at Double-A Albany, batting .279 with 13 homers and 76 RBI in 132 games...was named to the post-season Eastern League All-Star team...ranked 2nd on the club in home runs and runs scored (78)...was added to New York's 40-man roster on November 1.
Marked his first full pro campaign at Single-A Prince William, leading all league first basemen with 1,208 putouts, 78 assists, 1,298 total chances and 120 double plays...batted .256 with 25 doubles, 8 homers and 72 RBI in 138 games.
Made his pro debut with rookie-level Oneonta following his 5th round selection in the June Draft by the Yankees...batted .292 with 8 homers and 51 RBI 73 games.