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JOHN SCHNEIDER
FORMER FISHER CATS CATCHER (2006 & 2007) AND CURRENT MANAGER (2018)


Gary Allenson

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced the 2018 coaching staff for their Double-A affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and former Fisher Cats catcher John Schneider has been named the team's new manager.

Schneider, who will turn 38 on February 14, becomes the youngest manager in Fisher Cats history, and the first former player to manage the team. In addition to his two years as a catcher in New Hampshire (2006-07), the Lawrenceville, N.J. native brings nine years of managerial experience and a championship pedigree to the Granite State.

Last season, Schneider led the Dunedin Blue Jays (Advanced-A affiliate) to the first Florida State League Championship in the 33-year history of the franchise. In 2011, he brought the Vancouver Canadians (Short-Season A affiliate) a Northwest League title as the club's youngest-ever manager (31).

During his nine years managing in Toronto's farm system, Schneider has worked with current and former prospects like Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez, Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.

Schneider reached as high as the Triple-A level during his six-year playing career (2002-07) in the Blue Jays organization, and became a catching instructor after retiring in 2007. He played a total of 62 games with New Hampshire between 2006 and 2007.

Schneider, the ninth manager in Fisher Cats history, has also managed the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (2009-10, 2012-13), the Short-Season A Vancouver Canadians (2011, 2014-15), the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts (2016) and the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays (2017).