MLB Spring Training 2012: Don't Feel Sorry for Toronto Blue Jays' Travis Snider

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIApril 1, 2012

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 19:  Travis Snider #45 (R) and Ricky Romero #24 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate after Snider drove in the winning run in the tenth inning to defeat New York Yankees 6-5 at Rogers Centre on April 19, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Last week, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that Eric Thames won the job to start in left field for the 2012 season. The decision sent Travis Snider back down to Triple-A.

Different fans have different feelings about who should have won the spot, but don't feel sorry for Snider. Although he may be disappointed, he doesn't have any hard feelings or regrets.

Snider began to prepare for spring training earlier than most players. He knew that he had to change his batting mechanics, as well as his attitude.

Working with Triple-A Las Vegas hitting coach Chad Mottola, he tweaked and refined his batting mechanics which proved to be successful at the plate.

Snider will continue to work with Mottola in Triple-A further developing his renewed batting skills to attack pitches that used to pass him by as strikes.

One of the skills that Snider has learned since the 2011 season is patience. He said, "I think you can control what you can control." Watching Snider play in spring training and seeing how he has matured as a player was refreshing.

That refreshing sense will continue as he reports to Triple-A Las Vegas with a new attitude.

Snider blames no one but himself, and takes full responsibility for the decision that was made to send him back to the minors. The decision could not have been easy to accept, especially since this is the fifth time that he has been optioned to the minors in three years.

Snider accepted during the offseason that getting sent back to the minors would be a possibility. He said, "It's a performance-based game and business, and when you don't perform there are going to be people waiting to take your job."

Snider took the news well, and his response has been impressive. The extra time in the minors may turn out to be more beneficial than he may realize right now. As much as he has improved, another season in Triple-A will probably strengthen and develop him into a powerhouse player.

The minor league will give him more playing time and more at-bats than he would have received with the Blue Jays. That development time will be priceless.

Don't feel sorry for Snider. This was just a small bump in his road to MLB. Everyone should be excited about his future.