Fearsome hurler Lee Smith
One potential Hall of Famer I (Evander the blogger) might have included on my list of “the neglected”
is Lee Smith
. If readers excuse the pun (What pun?), Smith has a couple of strikes against him. One, he is a sub-.500 career pitcher. By a lot. Two, his earned-run average is above 3.00 (though barely). Three, he played for many teams giving the impression that he kicked around and was a journeyman. Hardly. Until the era of the super-closers, the Hoffmans the Marianos, Smith’s 478 saves were tops by a significant number. Writers across the land, consider the lifework of Lee Smith….Incidentally, barring the unforeseen, Mariano might pass Hoffman in lifetime saves during the Yankees upcoming West Coast trip.