Paul Snyder, the longtime amateur scouting director for the Atlanta Braves who helped mold the likes of Tom Glavine, Steve Avery, David Justice, Jeff Blauser and Chipper Jones, will be enshrined in the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame at Riley Park on June 14 prior to the Charleston RiverDogs game against the Augusta GreenJackets.
This will be the sixth year of honoring pro scouts, with the selections announced by The Goldklang Group, owners of the Charleston RiverDogs.
Criteria for induction includes a minimum of 20 years of pro scouting experience, with selection based on a combination of quantifiable success in the field, contributions made to the game in other areas of the sport whether professional or amateur, and importantly, their involvement and dedication to the local community that is honoring them through induction.
Snyder played an integral role in the rise and sustained dominance of the Atlanta Braves during the 1990s as the team’s longtime amateur scouting director (1981–1990; 1999–2000), assistant to the general manager (1991–1995; 2001–2006), and director of player development (1977–1980; 1996–1998).
“When I got the call, I was overwhelmed,” said Snyder. “I’m very honored by this. The biggest thing when one is a scouting director is that you need good help. And I was blessed to have had great help. It’s nice to be honored, and I thank the RiverDogs for it.”
Snyder retired from the Braves after the 2007 season.
In 2005 he was inducted into the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame, and in 2006 he was presented with the King of Baseball Award given by Minor League Baseball.
In recognition of Snyder’s career accomplishments, Baseball America named him one of the top 25 people in the game on the publication’s 25th anniversary in 2006.