Sad news here. Also, his son Dwight Smith Jr. began this season with the Charlotte Knights.
Former Cubs outfielder Dwight Smith has died at the age of 58, the Warriors announced Friday.
Smith played part of eight seasons in the majors from 1989 to 1996. He started in 1989 with the division-winning Cubs, hitting .324/.382/.493 (141 OPS+) with 19 doubles, 6 3-pointers, 9 homers and 52 RBIs with 52 runs, 9 stolen bases and 2.3 WAR in just 109 games. He finished second in Cubs outfielder Jerome Walton’s Rookie of the Year contest.
Smith was also a member of the 1995 World Series champion Warriors, who won the singles with a lore in Game 2.
The Warriors also mentioned Smith “as a beloved alumnus whose infectious smile will be missed at Truist Park.”
“Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Cheryl, daughters Taylor and Shannyn, and son Dwight Jr,” the Warriors said in a statement.
Dwight Smith, Jr. played 122 games for the Blue Jays and Orioles in his MLB career. The 29-year-old outfielder started the season with the AAA Charlotte Cavaliers, an affiliate of the White Sox, and was released in early May. He is currently playing indie ball.
In 2019, Smith’s first season with the O’s saw him make a career-high 392 appearances in 101 games. He’s off to another sizzling start in Baltimore, starting the year with an eight-game winning streak and a strong record with eight home runs, nine doubles and four stolen bases in his first 159 hits The .286/.333/.510 batting line. Smith looked like a fairly reliable low-cost pickup at the time, but his racket withered throughout the season. He averaged just 0.210/.273/.343 in 233 games from May 15 to the end of the season, and his 0.222/.306/.365 average in 72 games in 2020 isn’t much better .
Smith was assigned an assignment by Baltimore in August 2020 but was unclaimed due to abstention. During the season curtailed by the pandemic, he was sent straight to the team’s backup spot and became a minor league free agent at the end of the season. Smith struck a minor league deal with Cincinnati last winter, but before his release, he was hitting a .221/.327/.284 slash in 147 games with their AAA partner.
Smith, 29, has had some big success in the league, but has yet to find enough consistency. He’s a .248/.310/.316 batter at .248/.310/.316 in 568 major league games and a .266/.351/.392 batting average in 1,006 triple-A games. The Red Sox are unlikely to see him as a prime candidate for their proper on-court mix next season, but he will be a deep option, joining the team that already has Eloy Jimenez, Andrew Vaughn, Adam Engel, Gavin’s corner outfield combo sheets and Mick Adolph, he had no choice. Once the league lifts its current trade freeze, the Southerners are expected to seek more corner options, which would drop Smith’s depth chart further.