Lee Smith: Hall of Fame Candidate

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.


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1 Response to Lee Smith: Hall of Fame Candidate

  1. Never got that World Series ring….Lee Smith had some amazing interludes where he went many GAMES in tight spots and kept an ERA of 0.00. Definitely the best reliever of the 80s. Once again, the lackluster miasma exuded by being associated with the Chicago Cubs has hurt his chances. It ain’t right, but who ever said baseball was a fair game?

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