Cory Snyder knows a lot about the ups and downs in the life of a baseball player from his nine-year (1986-94) major league career and his current managerial days, but the Snyder family is dealing with an issue right now that is so much bigger than a batting slump.
The onetime outfielder, who is due to manage the new Maui team in the Golden League this summer, is dealing with a serious auto accident January 10 that has left his second daughter, Amberley, with a broken back and at least temporary paralysis from the waist down.
Amberley, an 18-year-old and the Women's World Rodeo All-Around Champion, rolled her truck while on the way to the stock show in Denver. She was thrown from the vehicle and suffered the broken back along with other injuries. She was taken to a smaller hospital then airlifted to another facility in Casper, WY for surgery.
She obviously is a strong young woman as evidenced from becoming a rodeo champion and current Utah Future Farmers of America (FFA) president at such a young age (she turns 19 in one week) as well as from her own Facebook posts describing the accident, her injuries and her thanks to friends for all of their encouragement.
Cory Snyder, a collegiate standout at BYU and a 1984 Olympian, has managed St. George, UT in recent Golden League seasons.
At least three Independent managerial jobs remain open, starting with Snyder's former post in St. George. The Tijuana team in the Golden League has not yet named a manager nor has the new Pittsfield team in the Can-Am League although there are indications Brian Daubach, who led the team last year when it was known as the American Defenders of New Hampshire (Nashua), will return.
LANGAIGNE'S BAT HOT IN VENEZUELAN PLAYOFFS
Well-traveled Indy outfielder Selwyn Langaigne is hitting .340 (17-for-40 with seven RBI) for the Margarita Bravos in the Venezuelan League playoffs. He was with Shreveport, LA in the American Association last season after three years of United League play at Alexandria, LA, including a career best of .353-9-80 in 2007. He played in the Central League for Rio Grande, TX and Jackson, MS from 2003-05.