John Smiley (baseball)
Born: March 17, 1965|
|September 1, 1986 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
Last MLB appearance
|August 30, 1997 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||3.80|
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
Smiley graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in 1983, where played sports as a baseball pitcher, basketball point guard, and football quarterback.
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". 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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- REDIRECT Template:Baseball year with the Reds, a season in which he had twelve wins and five losses. In August 1995, Smiley surrendered a home run to Braves pitcher Tom Glavine — the only homer Glavine hit in his major league career. Smiley broke his left humerus while warming up for a start in 1997 shortly after he was traded to the Indians by the Reds with Jeff Branson for Jim Crowell, Danny Graves, Damian Jackson and Scott Winchester. The injury ended his career.
- 1990 Topps baseball card # 568
- Meyer, Paul (February 23, 1987). "Smiley has job wrapped up as Pirates lefty short reliever". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 13.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube