Chuck Smith (baseball)
|Born:October 21, 1969|
|June 13, 2000 for the Florida Marlins|
Last MLB appearance
|July 24, 2001 for the Florida Marlins|
|Earned run average||3.84|
Career highlights and awards
Charles Edward Smith (born October 21, 1969 in Memphis, Tennessee) is the current mayor of Woodmere, Ohio and a former Major League Baseball player. He attended John Adams High School in Cleveland, Ohio and later Indiana State University. He was listed at 6 ft 1 in, 185 pounds during his playing days and growing up his idol was Satchel Paige.
Smith spent time in all levels of pro ball (including independent baseball and international baseball) as both a starter and reliever. He was set to be a replacement player for the 1995 season as a result of the 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike but then had perhaps his best minor league season in 1995 with the South Bend Silver Hawks, when he went 10-10 with a 2.67 earned run average. He also struck out 145 batters in 167 innings pitched that year.
After years in the minors, he finally reached the major leagues at the age of 30 in 2000 with the Florida Marlins (to whom he'd been traded for Brant Brown). His major league debut (June 30) was impressive-in six innings of work, he gave up six hits, struck out six and only allowed one earned run-a home run by Ron Gant in the first inning, which was also the first hit he ever gave up. He earned no decision in the game. He won his first game on July 27 of that year against the Atlanta Braves-in five innings of work, he walked four, struck out two, and gave up six hits but still managed a win. He completed his first game on September 23 against the Colorado Rockies-albeit a shortened game. He finished his rookie season with a 6-6 record and a 3.23 ERA.
Described as being "...on top of his game when he moves his pitches around...with his incredible control," Smith "...smokes his fastball past hitters up high and induces pathetic ground balls with his low off-speed stuff." He apparently lost some of that skill in 2001 as went 5-5 with an ERA that jumped to 4.70 while he also gave up the 16th home run in Barry Bonds record breaking 2001 season, when Bonds hit 73 homers. He played his final major league game on July 24, 2001. During his two seasons in the major leagues, he earned $175,000 in 2000 and $240,000 in 2001, respectively.
Overall, he went 11-11 with a 3.84 ERA in his career in 34 games started. He struck out 189 batters in 210+ innings. He gave up just 16 home runs in his career. He had a .136 average as a batter. He walked once and struck out 27 times in 66 at bats. As a fielder, he made three errors for a .936 fielding percentage.
After his time with the Marlins, he jumped around the minor leagues in the Rockies, Mets, Braves and Orioles farm systems. He finished his minor league career with an 89-76 record, and an ERA of 3.89 and his career in the minors compared statistically to John Miller.
Quotes about Smith
- "Inconsistency has been the bane of his existence from the minors to the majors."-TSN.ca
- "His potential appears to have tapped out. He's a decent major-league middle reliever at best."-TSN.ca
- "Former Major League Pitcher Chuck Smith Named JetHawks Pitching Coach". OurSports Central. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- Caniglia, John (2011-05-07). "Charles Smith Tosses Baseball Aside to Serve as Woodmere Mayor". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference