Snyder 'slowly' moving up interesting list

Snyder 'slowly' moving up interesting list

Snyder 'slowly' moving up interesting list
PITTSBURGH -- Astros catcher Chris Snyder is one step closer to history, albeit a slow step.

Snyder recently moved into third place on baseball's all-time list for the most plate appearances without a stolen base.

Snyder was sitting at 2,232 career plate appearances entering Sunday, which put him only 12 behind Johnny Estrada (2,244), who's second all time. At the top of the list is catcher Russ Nixon, who played 12 seasons (1957-68) and never stole a base in 2,714 career plate appearances.

"I think statistics have proven I can stay in one place for a very long time and not get to a destination very quickly," Snyder said.

Snyder embraces his lack of speed, joking Sunday with teammates that he needs to get his cleats bronzed if he ever breaks the all-time record. Of course, one stolen base would take Snyder off the list, but don't expect that to happen.

"It's pretty funny," he said. "It's comical. It's something that was brought to my attention probably two years ago. I knew I had never stole a bag, but the last couple of years it's been one of those things where I heard from everybody about getting close.

"They say, 'When you get a bag, you need to do the Rickey Henderson and hold up the bag and all kinds of stuff.' I don't know if I'll do that if I could ever get a bag. It's pretty funny. I get a laugh out of it."