Mark Smith (outfielder)

Mark Edward Smith (born May 7, 1970) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Montreal Expos, and Milwaukee Brewers. Smith also played for the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), and the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).

Mark Smith
Outfielder
Born: (1970-05-07) May 7, 1970 (age 49)
Pasadena, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: May 14, 1994, for the Baltimore Orioles
NPB: April 2, 1999, for the Yakult Swallows
KBO: April 2, 2005, for the Hanwha Eagles
Last appearance
NPB: October 16, 1999, for the Yakult Swallows
MLB: September 28, 2003, for the Milwaukee Brewers
KBO: May 18, 2005, for the Hanwha Eagles
MLB statistics
Batting average.243
Home runs32
Runs batted in138
NPB statistics
Batting average.324
Home runs20
Runs batted in55
KBO statistics
Batting average.220
Home runs6
Runs batted in19
Teams

College careerEdit

Mark Smith played college baseball at the University of Southern California. In 1990, Smith played collegiate summer baseball for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL). He batted .408 and led the Gatemen to the league title. Smith was named league MVP and was inducted into the CCBL hall of fame in 2011.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Mark Smith began his professional career with the Frederick Keys in 1991.[2] His best minor league season was in 1992 with the Class AA Hagerstown Suns, where he was selected as an outfielder for the Eastern League End of Season All Star Team,

Smith played Major League Baseball between 1994 and 2003 for the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Montreal Expos and Milwaukee Brewers. In 1999, he played in Japan for the Yakult Swallows. In 2005, he played in South Korea for the Hanwha Eagles,but was released on the regular season.

What may be regarded as the most noteworthy of Smith's accomplishments on the baseball diamond occurred on July 12, 1997. Smith hit a 3-run home run off of John Hudek in the bottom of the 10th inning in a 0-0 game to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros. The home run also ended the first extra-innings combined no-hitter in MLB history. Francisco Córdova no-hit the Astros in the first 9 innings, while reliever Ricardo Rincón pitched a hitless 10th inning for the Pirates.[3]

Award for heroismEdit

In 2001, Smith received the Steve Palermo Award for heroism from the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) for his actions in July 2000, when he rescued a man whose car had crashed and was on fire.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame Inductees come full circle". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Mark Smith Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  3. ^ Sporting News description and assertion of first combined extra-innings no hitter Archived 2006-06-23 at the Wayback Machine; Box score via Baseball Reference
  4. ^ NY Times article

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