MILWAUKEE -- Astros catcher Chris Snyder is one of the few veterans remaining on the team after a flurry of July trades that saw the club deal away Carlos Lee, Brett Myers, Brandon Lyon, Wandy Rodriguez and J.A. Happ. The moves didn't come as a surprise to the 31-year-old catcher.
"You figured there's going to be some guys they would move to get a few more pieces, and that's part of it," Snyder said.
Snyder, who has aspirations to be a Major League manager when his playing career is over, has become a favorite battery mate for the pitching staff, which has gotten much younger than it was at the start of the year. Snyder said the youth movement hasn't changed the way he approaches his preparations.
"I go about my business the same way and prepare the same way," he said. "It doesn't matter if the team is full of crusty veterans or young guys. It's still the same game, and I think at times there's a little bit more of a teaching aspect and just kind of helping some guys out along the way.
"But you've still got to get up here when you get a chance like this and grow up quickly and contribute. Guys that do that are guys that stick around awhile, and the guys that don't, you really don't hear from again."