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John Smiley (baseball)

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John Smiley
Pitcher
Born: (1965-03-17) March 17, 1965 (age 55)
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 1, 1986 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
August 30, 1997 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Win–loss record 126–103
Earned run average 3.80
Strikeouts 1,234
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Career highlights and awards

John Patrick Smiley (born March 17, 1965 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania) is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for four teams: the Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians in a twelve-year career from

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Early life

Smiley graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in 1983, where played sports as a baseball pitcher, basketball point guard, and football quarterback.[1]

Career

Despite never playing minor league baseball higher than Class A, Smiley entered spring training before the 1987 Pittsburgh Pirates season with a relief pitcher role already in place, with manager Jim Leyland saying he would have to "pitch his way off the club".[2] In Smiley's first full season, he led the Pirates in appearances with 63 games. Smiley was converted to a starting pitcher in 1988, lowering his Earned Run Average by a full 2.5 runs per game, posting a 3.25 ERA and 13 wins against 11 losses.

Smiley was a two time All-Star: as a Pirate in

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See also

References

  1. ^ 1990 Topps baseball card # 568
  2. ^ Meyer, Paul (February 23, 1987). "Smiley has job wrapped up as Pirates lefty short reliever". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 13. 

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