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SMith, Joe Smith, 2008 Upper Deck #581, NY Mets

Player: Smith, Joe

Card: 2008 Upper Deck #581

Position: RHP

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Joseph Michael Smith (born March 22, 1984 in Cincinnati, OH) is a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, Toronto, Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins. Smith attended Wright State University and was drafted by the Mets in the third round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft. He made his major league debut in 2007.

His usage pattern was very similar to that of the typical LOOGY, but from the right side. His sidearm delivery makes him extremely tough on right-handed batters, but much more vulnerable to left-handers, and his extreme platoon splits justify using him only in carefully chosen situations. In 2008, he pitched 82 games for the Mets, placing him in a tie for 3rd most in the National League.

Early in the 2016 season, Smith got some publicity when he defeated National Basketball Association superstar Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors in a friendly PIG competition, a contest of basketball trick shots. "That was fun. I loved it," a giddy Smith said. "I'm not that bad. I ain't that good either. Sometimes a little bit of luck, a lot bit of luck."

He pitched a total of 6 games in the first two rounds of the postseason in 2019 while with Houston, giving up 1 run in 5 1/3 innings before making his World Series debut in Game 1 against the Washington Nationals on October 22nd. He pitched a perfect inning in relief in the 5-4 loss.

In 2021, pitching for the Mariners, Joe pitched to a 2.00 ERA with a .889 WHIP in 22 games.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


2016 Topps #681


Smith is also part of the Cleveland Indians Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Joe is also part of the Chicago Cubs Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

See all Joe’s baseball cards at TCDB

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