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July 18, 2014

Longtime Mankato MoonDog prepares to exit the pound

Snelson goes from MoonPup to MoonDog

MANKATO — Charlie Snelson would rather not be the center of attention.

Not when he was the Mankato MoonDogs' batboy, not when he was the team's program salesman and official scorekeeper, and certainly not when he was asked to submit to a profile piece in The Free Press.

"Mainly, I don't want this article to be all about me," Snelson said. "I don't necessarily like the spotlight myself."

Sorry, Charlie, but it's your time to shine. After all, the 21-year old has worked for the team since he was about 11 years old, and is one of the organization's longest-serving employees. He's a team player, too, and as the team's media relations intern, he knows any publicity is good publicity.

"I've been here a long time, and I do want to bring positive PR to the MoonDogs, and what they're trying to do for the overall fan experience," Snelson said.

He can't remember exactly, but Snelson started working for the team as a batboy in 2003 or 2004. He's been working for the team for so long "it's kind of hard to remember the exact date," he said. Snelson landed the gig after his family began hosting MoonDogs players during the season, and remained a batboy for six years.

"It's kind of every kid's dream," he said. "It's a cool job to have, to brag to you're friends that you're the MoonDogs' batboy.

MoonDogs Vice President Kyle Mrozek has known Snelson since his first season with the club.

"It kind of gives me pause to have seen him literally grow up with the MoonDogs," he said. "It really puts it into perspective."

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