Friday, April 5, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #14 JOHN SMILEY


UNFORTUNATE END TO HIS CAREER.




NEVER CARED FOR THESE MILKMAN UNIFORMS.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Lefty John Smiley was the last 20-game winner for the Pirates, finishing 20-8 in 1991. He began his career as a reliever in '87 in Pittsburgh before moving into the rotation the next year. He developed into a solid No. 2 starter and was a mainstay for the Pirates during their NL East titles in '90 and '91.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • On the last day of the '91 season on Oct. 6, Smiley won his 20th game, beating the Expos after pitching seven shutout innings.

DEFINING SEASON

  • Also in '91, he had a 3.08 ERA and finished third in the NL Cy Young voting.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Compiled a 13-11 record with a 3.25 ERA in his first season as a starter in '88.
  2. Traded to the Twins for Midre Cummings and Denny Neagle in March '92.
  3. Went 16-9 for the Twins in '92 as they won 90 games and finished second in the AL West. The Pirates won their third consecutive NL East championship.
  4. In '95 with the Reds, he gave up Tom Glavine's first and only major-league home run.
  5. After being traded to the Indians from the Reds in '97, he pitched for the final time on Sept. 20 after he broke his humerus while warming up in the bullpen in Kansas City before a start.

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