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Jason William Smith (born July 24, 1977) is a retired Major League Baseball infielder.

Jason Smith
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Smith with the Rockford Cubbies in 1998
Infielder
Born: (1977-07-24) July 24, 1977 (age 42)
Meridian, Mississippi
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 17, 2001, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
May 21, 2009, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Batting average.212
Home runs17
Runs batted in60
Teams

CareerEdit

In 1995, Smith was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 42nd round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. A year later, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 23rd round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut with the Cubs on June 17, 2001.

After stints in Tampa Bay, Detroit and Colorado, Smith was claimed in the Rule 5 Draft by Toronto in December 2006.[1]

Smith was claimed off waivers by Arizona on May 15, 2007. He played 2 games for the Diamondbacks going 1-4 before being placed on the disabled list. On July 11, 2007, while on the disabled list, he was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals, for whom he batted .188 in 2007 and .214 in 2008.

He became a free agent after the 2008 season and signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros on January 5, 2009.[2]

On May 10, 2009 Smith was recalled to Houston for added depth as Lance Berkman suffered a wrist injury.

Personal lifeEdit

Smith's cousin, Austin Davis, plays in the NFL. He currently resides in Mobile, Alabama.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Year in Uniforms, 2006". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-28.
  2. ^ Alyson Footer (2009-01-05). "Astros ink five to Minor League deals". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-01-05.

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