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Randy Smith (baseball)

Randall Edward Smith (born June 15, 1963 in Houston, Texas), is an executive in Major League Baseball and has served as General Manager of the San Diego Padres (1993–95) and the Detroit Tigers (1996–2002) and Assistant General Manager for the Colorado Rockies (1991–93). He currently serves as the Vice President of Player Development and international scouting for the San Diego Padres.

The son of baseball executive Tal Smith, Randy Smith became the GM of the Padres midseason in 1993 at age 29. At the time, he was the youngest General Manager in baseball history. In his time as Padres GM, he acquired future MVP Ken Caminiti and eventual all-stars Trevor Hoffman, Andy Ashby, Steve Finley and Brad Ausmus. In a highly criticized trade at the time, Smith traded star Gary Sheffield to the Florida Marlins for Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman went on to set the major league record for saves with 601 (552 with the Padres) and his number 51 is retired in San Diego.

Smith spent six years as the Vice President of baseball operations and General Manager for Detroit Tigers, in which the team received Organization of the Year Honors from Baseball America and Howe Sportdata in 1997. He was also named Baseball America's American League Executive of the Year in 1997. Smith inherited a Tigers roster that was in flux with the retirements of former all-stars Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, as well as longtime manager Sparky Anderson. In an effort to obtain young and inexpensive talent, Smith traded away highly paid all-stars Travis Fryman and Cecil Fielder. Smith was known for several trades involving the Tigers and his former team, the San Diego Padres, and for several trades with the Houston Astros, where his father Tal Smith was President of Baseball Operations.

Catcher Brad Ausmus was involved in five trades by Smith, being acquired three times and twice being traded away.

Under Smith, the Tigers acquired a host of young players that were listed as "Top 100 Prospects" by Baseball America, including former top-10 prospects Brian Hunter, Andujar Cedeno, and Matt Drews. Despite the collection of younger talent, the Tigers failed to achieve a winning record in any of Smith's seven seasons with the club. The pitching, attendance, and payroll ranked near the bottom of the American League until the move to Comerica Park in 2000.

Following a 0–6 start to the 2002 season, Smith was fired along with manager Phil Garner.[1] He then returned to the San Diego Padres in 2003 as special assistant to the General Manager.


  • 2010 San Diego Padres Media Guide

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Preceded by
Joe McIlvaine
San Diego Padres General Manager
Succeeded by
Kevin Towers
Preceded by
Joe Klein
Detroit Tigers General Manager
Succeeded by
Dave Dombrowski