John Schneider
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 14
Coach / Manager
Born: (1980-02-14) February 14, 1980 (age 42)
Princeton, New Jersey
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Career statistics
(through 2022 season)
Managerial record46–28
Winning percentage.622
Teams
As Coach

As Manager

John P. Schneider (born February 14, 1980) is an American professional baseball coach who is the interim manager of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has coached for the Blue Jays since 2019 and became interim manager on July 13, 2022.[1] Prior to coaching, Schneider played six seasons as a catcher in the Blue Jays minor league organization.

Playing career

Born in Princeton, New Jersey and raised in Lawrence Township, Mercer County, New Jersey, Schneider graduated from Lawrence High School in 1998.[2] He attended the University of Delaware and played college baseball for the Fightin' Blue Hens. In three seasons, he batted .306 with 23 home runs and 139 runs batted in (RBIs).[3] In 2001, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[4] Schneider was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 24th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign, and was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 2002 draft.[5] He was assigned to the Short Season-A Auburn Doubledays for the 2002 season, and hit .240 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.[5] The following year, Schneider played for the Class-A Charleston AlleyCats and the Triple-A Syracuse SkyChiefs, and batted .188 with 14 RBIs in 59 games.[5]

Schneider played the entire 2004 season with the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays, appearing in 58 games and batting .206 with six home runs and 28 RBIs.[5] With Dunedin in 2005, he hit .321 in 22 games and was promoted back to Triple-A Syracuse, but struggled to a .179 average through 34 games with the SkyChiefs.[5] Schneider played at three different minor league levels in 2006, including the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, but was limited to 34 games due to back surgery.[6] He retired after the 2007 minor league season, due to three concussions suffered during the season.[6]

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Schneider was hired by the Blue Jays organization as a catching instructor. In 2008, he became the manager of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays.[6] Schneider was promoted to manage the Short Season-A Vancouver Canadians on December 1, 2010, and became the youngest manager in team history at 30 years of age.[6] In 2011, he managed the Canadians, but took a personal leave of absence during the season.[7] Vancouver won the league's championship in 2011.[8] Schneider returned to the Gulf Coast League in 2013, and then went back to managing Vancouver in 2014 and 2015.[5] In 2016, he managed the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts, and in 2017, won the first Florida State League championship in the 33-year history of the Dunedin Blue Jays.[8][5] On January 10, 2018, Schnieder was promoted to manage the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and led the team to an Eastern League championship.[9] At the end of the season, he was named the Eastern League Manager of the Year.[10]

The Blue Jays promoted Schneider to their major league coaching staff before the 2019 season to work with Blue Jays catchers.[9] He pitched to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. during the 2019 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby.[11] The Blue Jays promoted Schneider to become their bench coach for the 2022 season.[12]

On July 13, 2022, the Blue Jays fired Charlie Montoyo as their manager and named Schneider their interim manager for the remainder of the season.[13] He won his first game as manager that night.[14]

Managerial record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
TOR 2022 74 46 28 .622 2nd in AL East
Total 74 46 28 .622 0 0

Personal life

Schneider's brother, Kevin, is the head coach at Immaculata University.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Blue Jays dismiss manager Charlie Montoyo". MLB.com. Retrieved July 13, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Johnson, Greg (April 10, 2018). "Lawrence High grad John Schneider rising in Blue Jays' system as a manager". The Trentonian. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "John Schneider – The Baseball Cube". thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "2001 Chatham As". thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "John Schneider Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Constantineau, Bruce (December 1, 2010). "Meet John Schneider". MiLB.com. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Canadians bring back John Schneider as new manager".
  8. ^ a b "John Schneider to Lead Fisher Cats in 2018". MiLB.com. January 10, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Singh, Michael (November 27, 2018). "Blue Jays announce coaching staff for 2019 season". Sportsnet. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Schneider named EL's top manager". MiLB.com. September 1, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "Blue Jays coach John Schneider puts his best foot forward, pitching to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in home run derby". thestar.com. July 5, 2019.
  12. ^ "Blue Jays announce 2022 Major League coaching staff". MLB.com.
  13. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays fire manager Charlie Montoyo, promote bench coach John Schneider to interim manager amid slump". Usatoday.com. July 13, 2022. Retrieved July 13, 2022.
  14. ^ "Schneider earns 1st win as skipper on 'bittersweet' day". MLB.com.