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78.  Reggie Smith
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 2, 1945 in Shreveport, LA USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 18, 1966
  • Final Game: October 03, 1982
  • Gold Glove - 1968
  • TSN All-Star - 1970
 
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In the late 70’s Hall of Fame pitcher, Don Sutton famously noted that Steve Garvey was not the best player on the Dodgers, it was Reggie Smith. Garvey may have been the most popular, but Sutton was not alone in his assessment of Reggie Smith.

In his prime, Reggie Smith was a legitimate five tool player. He had decent power, decent speed and was a smart player who always knew how to get on base. In retrospect it is hard to find a real criticism of his game, as he was above average in every aspect of his baseball acumen. In fact, should we ever look to do the most underrated players in baseball history, Reggie Smith might very well make the top (or at least top ten) of our list.

Reggie Smith failed to gain the attention of fans and writers alike as, as good he was at different baseball skills, he was not the best at any of them. He could hit homers, but many hit more. He could steal, but many swiped more. He could field, but there were many who were better. Reggie did everything so well, but without one “great” on the baseball report card, he failed to achieve the fame he should have despite playing for high profile squads.

Should Reggie Smith be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 76.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Tuesday, 01 January 1974
  • Position: First Base, Outfield
  • Played For: San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 7 Time All Star (1969, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978 & 1980)
    Gold Glove (1) (AL) (1968)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1) (NL) (1977)
    HIghest OPS+ (1) (NL) (1977)
    Most Total Bases (1) (AL) (1971)
    Most Doubles (2) (AL) (1968 & 1971)
    Most Sacrifice Flies (1) (NL) (1978)
    World Series Ring (1) (Los Angeles Dodgers, 1981)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (NL: 1977, 4th) & (NL: 1978, 4th)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentages)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Win Proability Added)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Total Zone Runs)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Defensive WAR)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 59.  Win Probability Added: 42.9
    90.  Intentional Walks: 115
    97.  WAR for Position Players: 64.5
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1988: 0.7
  • Should be Inducted As A: Los Angeles Dodger

Should Reggie Smith be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 76.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.6%

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