Monday, March 30, 2020

HOF Lee Smith

Lee Smith. One of the best closer's of all time. He played from 1980 to 1997. This is his 1996 Topps card and his pitching face is one of the reasons by the small face in the box at the bottom in the name-plate area is a bad, bad idea by Topps. Another example of "Just because you can doesn't mean you should."

Despite his 478 career saves, Lee Smith was neither "good" enough nor "great" enough to be voted in by the BBWAA. But he did get the nod by a subset of the Veterans committee in 2019. So, he went in with closer Mariano Rivera, and four other players.

2019 was a contentious year for the Hall of Fame, to say the least, because Rivera got 100% of the BBWAA vote--the first time ever--and then Harold Baines, like Smith, also got put in by some cockamamie group called Today's Game Era Committee. I think Smith had a stronger case of the HOF than Baines ever did, because, for example, at the time of his retirement he was the career leader in Saves.

Smith played most of his seasons with the Cubs, and like many veterans, he played on many different teams his last few years, holding on. 

This card is my Hall of Fame collection only because it's just part of the scope. There will undoubtedly be more (like Baines and probably even David Ortiz, etc.)

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I meet Big Lee at a Cubs Convention a few years back. He was signing a baseball for the guy in front of me and I was just simply in awe of how small the ball looked in his hand. He was a great guy to chat with.

  2. No love for Ortiz? I loved watching Big Papi hit.