View Full Version : A Pat On The Back For Herm Schneider

02-18-2008, 12:06 PM
I stumbled across this while capping today's basketball games and thought some of you might find it interesting. Unfortunately, I'm not a subscriber to the site, so the remainder of the article remains a mystery. They rank Herm as the #2 trainer in baseball and claim he allows KW the opportunity to sign players that other GMs avoid. Bobby Jenks is one player who popped into my mind as an example.

Is anybody else out there as ready for opening day as I am? :gosox:
February 18, 2008
Team Health Reports
Chicago White Sox

by Will Carroll
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The Facts
Head Trainer: Herm Schneider
Player Days Lost: 536
Dollars Lost, 2007: $8.29 million
Three-Year Rank: 2
Think of the White Sox (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/team_audit.php?team=CHA), and you'll likely think of first is manager Ozzie Guillen (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/dt/guilloz01.shtml). Or maybe you'll think of Jim Thome or Mark Buehrle. Few would immediately name Herm Schneider, let alone recognize him, but he's been around longer than anyone else in the franchise. Truly an old-school trainer, Schneider came to the Sox in 1979 after serving time in the Bronx Zoo, Schneider's reputation was made by helping get Bo Jackson (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/dt/jacksbo01.shtml) back onto a baseball field when no one else thought it was possible. Schneider's innovative rehab techniques and hands-on style might not be as cutting edge as those of the staffs with teams like Boston or Arizona, but it's hard to argue with the results.
Schneider won the 2006 Dick Martin Award, and his consistency from year to year is very solid despite turnover and some players that present quite the challenge. Thome and Paul Konerko have both dealt with some chronic problems over the past couple of seasons, something that Schneider has paid special attention to, minimizing the time the two sluggers have lost. He got Jermaine Dye back from an injury that nearly ended the right fielder's career, and has kept Mark Buehrle and Jose Contreras healthy despite heavy workloads. As the team transitions from the more established players to younger ones, Schneider's task will once again be to stay ahead of the injuries and to continue giving the Sox a rehab advantage that allows Kenny Williams (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/dt/willike02.shtml) to bring in some players that scare off other teams...

02-18-2008, 12:30 PM
I am sure he would much rather prefer a donut to a pat on the back. But that's just me.

02-18-2008, 12:41 PM
I am sure he would much rather prefer a donut to a pat on the back. But that's just me.

Hey, I'm prepared to spring for both if I run into the guy :D:

02-18-2008, 01:03 PM
All right--A Pat On The Back (and a donut) for Herm Schneider. :smile:

02-18-2008, 01:29 PM
Who's #1?

02-19-2008, 01:37 PM
I would guess that Gene Monahan of the Yankees is probably rated #1. He's been with them forever, and I believe that he was actually Herm Schneider's mentor when Herm began his career as a trainer...not positive.

I know that this isn't the most exciting topic (unless you're Herm Schneider) and I've seen a thread or two about him here in WSI before, but I think it's cool that he is getting some national props from Baseball Prospectus.

02-19-2008, 01:40 PM
Baby got back


02-19-2008, 01:53 PM
Word is he's quite the ladies' man, too. :cool:

02-19-2008, 02:05 PM
Word is he's quite the ladies' man, too. :cool:

I don't know about that, but Herm, or Hermy as his friends call him, can cook one helluva meatloaf!