Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/18/12

Some thought Travis Snider, not Anthony Gose, would get the call up from Class AAA Las Vegas when the Toronto Blue Jays put Jose Bautista on the disabled list with a wrist injury.

Among them was Gose himself.

"I would have said Travis," Gose said Tuesday before Toronto's 6-1 loss to the New York Yankees. "He has been here, he has worked hard, he's had a great season. He has battled injuries, came back, been strong for the team, been a team leader throughout the year, and I would have just said Travis Snider."

Gose, a brilliant center fielder, hit .292 with five homers, 10 triples, 41 RBI and 29 stolen bases in 39 attempts for Las Vegas. He had an .808 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

Snider, who has become a good left fielder, is batting .320 with 10 homers, 49 RBI, two stolen bases in six attempts and an OPS of .954.

But it was Gose, who at 21 is three years younger than Snider, who made his major league debut when he grounded out to shortstop as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning Tuesday. He bunted for a single in the ninth.

Snider has had his chances already, but usually in the majors he has flamed out after strong starts. His slow bat has been quickly exposed by big-league pitchers.

Gose is appreciative of the assistance Snider has provided him in the minors.

"Snider has been unbelievable," Gose said. "He's really helped me out a lot with how to go about the daily business. He's been here, and he knows what it's like. He's trying to get back."

Manager John Farrell said the decision to call up Gose instead of Snider or Eric Thames was based on the advice of the staff at Las Vegas as well as Toronto scouts who had observed the Class AAA team.

"It's not a slight on anyone," Farrell said. "They were asked (for a) recommendation. They said, 'This is the guy that's most ready right now.' That's not to say that Snider's not doing something, or (Eric) Thames is not doing something. That was the recommendation."

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