Ex-Jay Travis Snider is in a better place

Travis Snider gets reacquainted with one Jays coach as the now-Pittsburgh Pirate suits up against...

Travis Snider gets reacquainted with one Jays coach as the now-Pittsburgh Pirate suits up against his former club for the first time. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:27 PM ET

BRADENTON, FLA. - Mature is the best way to describe the new Travis Snider.

On the surface he’s the same person that misfired in the Jays organization for five seasons. He has the same youthful glow, the ruddy cheeks, the quick, easy smile.

Now a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Snider is attempting to resurrect a career that never was with the Jays.

Ever since he was a first-round draft pick of the Jays in 2006, Snider was tabbed as being a future great, a can’t-miss, soon-to-be star who had power a plenty in his left-handed swing.

Back on April 13 of 2009 in a game in the old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Snider drilled two balls off the upper-deck facing in right and greatness seemed just a short step away.


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