Dwight Smith, who was a runner-up for National League Rookie of the Year with the Chicago Cubs, died Friday. He was 58.
Selected by the Cubs in the 1984 MLB Draft, Smith had his best season as a rookie in 1989. He batted .324 with nine homers and 52 RBIs to help Chicago win the NL East. He was runner-up to Chicago teammate Jerome Walton for rookie of the year.
Smith spent five seasons with the Chicago Cubs then signed with the Angels as a free agent in 1994. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles during the strike-shortened season, then moved to the Atlanta Braves.
Dwight Smith served as a pinch-hitter with the Braves in 1995, hitting .252 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 103 games. He went 1 for 2 with a walk in three appearances in Atlanta’s six-game World Series victory against Cleveland.
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