Monday, February 15, 2010
Zane Smith TTM
Sarah got to meet Zane Smith in person. So I was inspired to send Mr. Smith a TTM request. I'm doing a crummy job of keeping this organized despite doing it on a very limited basis so I have no idea how long it took to respond but it was really quick, about a week.
Smith is one of those guys I think of when I hear the phrase "crafty lefty". He never had a lot of stuff and as he aged, his control became better. It also helped that he left the Atlanta Braves (right as their run of futility ended and Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz came aboard) and started pitching for some good teams. His record with the Braves was 39-58. He went 61-57 for the other teams for which he pitched. Smith threw 16 shutouts in his career including a pair of one-hitters for the Pirates.
He spent parts of two seasons with the Expos, enough to get him on some cards as an Expo. He was then traded to the Pirates in a deal most interesting because of the player to be named later; a young outfielder by the name of Moises Alou.
Thanks again to Mr. Smith.