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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Snyder hopes injury bug is behind him

Matt Snyder’s name has become synonymous with two words: Power and injury.

One is a gift stemming from his 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame that results in epic, moon-shot home runs.

The other can’t quite be quantified as easily, although with added focus, he hopes it’s a non-issue in 2012.

Two years ago Snyder fielded a ball at Tulane early in the season and dove into the bag at first base in order to beat a Green Wave baserunner.

The dislocated shoulder that resulted from the hustle play plagued Snyder throughout the remainder of his sophomore season and into his junior campaign as well.

Then, after playing in all 55 games last year as the Rebels’ designated hitter, Snyder was struck in the face this past summer by a pitch while playing for the Haymarket Senators of the Valley League.

Even after the incident on June 4 sent him to the hospital and required surgery to repair his cheek bones and jaw, Snyder was still able to joke about his lack of luck. (February 10, 2012, Page 6A)

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