October 20, 2014

FORMER NATS: Brian Schneider Retires

A second former Washington National announced retirement in two days. Yesterday, Nick Johnson and today, catcher Brian Schneider, 36.

Both Johnson and Schneider were part of the 2005 Nats who brought baseball back to DC and will always be sentimental fan favorites. As Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post said about the 2005 team, “Part of me thinks those guys, just by happenstance, shouldn’t have to buy drinks here for perpetuity, and it has nothing to do with their abilities as ballplayers.”

Schneider was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the fifth round of the 1995 amateur draft and made his MLB debut on May 26, 2000 at age 23. Schneider was with the Expos/Nationals through 2007 so never dressed in a Nats uniform at Nationals Park. Schneider went on to play for the New York Mets and the last three seasons with Philadelphia Phillies so Nats fans had the opportunity to see Schneider often.

We wish Brian Schneider the best.

Former Nationals Catcher Brian Schneider at RFK, 5/18/2007 (© Cheryl Nichols)

Former Nationals Catcher Brian Schneider at RFK, 5/18/2007 (© Cheryl Nichols)

Former Nationals Catcher Brian Schneider at spring training with New York Mets, 3/24/2008 (© Cheryl Nichols)

Former Nationals Catcher Brian Schneider at spring training with New York Mets, 3/24/2008 (© Cheryl Nichols)

About Cheryl Nichols

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events since 2006. Cheryl has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

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