Happy Birthday Lee Smith!!!
Lee Smith turns 55 years old today.
I am a big fan of Lee Smith’s - he is one of my favorite relief pitchers of all-time.
With 478 career saves, good for 3rd place in major league history, I consider Smith to still be a very underrated and underappreciated player. And with so many records being broken by today’s group of relievers, I have to wonder how Smith would do if he was playing in today’s game.
During his 18-year career, Smith tallied at least 30 saves 11 times and 40 or more saves 4 times. A closer like that would be an All-star in today’s game and he’d be earning a minimum of $10 million per year. In contrast, Smith was an All-star just 7 times and the most he made in any one season was $2.8 million.
Happy Birthday Mr. Smith!!! You are still valued and appreciated by this baseball fan!!!