The New York Post reports that Dwight Smith, the former Major League Baseball (MLB) player, has died at the age of 58.
Smith’s passing was announced by his former team, the Atlanta Braves.
According to the Braves, Smith passed away on Friday as a result of congestive heart and lung failure.
Smith entered the MLB in 1989 as an outfielder and a pinch-hitting specialist. During his rookie year, he was the runner-up for the National League’s Rookie of the Year award.
Smith would go on to play in the MLB from 1989-1996. He began with the Chicago Cubs in 1989 before moving on to the Angels and the Baltimore Orioles. He finished up his career with two seasons on the Atlanta Braves.
During his eight seasons in the league, Smith played in 813 games. During those games, he had 1,807 at bats, 497 hits, 46 home runs, and a batting average of .275.
Smith, though, is particularly remembered for his role on the Atlanta Brave’s 1995 championship team. The Braves ended up defeating Cleveland in six games to secure the World Series, and the Braves maintain that Smith was “an integral member” of the team’s success that year. In Game 2 of the series, which the Braves won, Smith pinch-hit a single.
Smith’s son, Dwight Smith, Jr., has followed in his father’s footsteps, so far playing 122 games as an outfielder in the MLB. Currently, Smith, Jr., is 29-years-old, and he is playing independent ball.
“We are saddened”
The Atlanta Braves, along with several others within the MLB community, released a statement following the news of Smith’s passing.
The statement reads:
We are saddened by the passing earlier today of Dwight Smith, an integral member of our 1995 World Series Championship team. The 1989 Rookie of the year runner up, Dwight enjoyed an eight-year majory league career that included two postseason trips with the Cubs and Braves. Dwight was also a beloved alumni member, and hi sinfectious smile will be missed around Truist Park.
The statement concludes with the Braves offering their “deepest condolences to his wife Cheryl, daughters Taylor and Shanny, and son Diwght, Jr.”
Countless others joined the Braves in their sentiment.