Steve Smith (infielder)
Smith in 2012
Born: July 21, 1952|
Steven John Smith (born July 21, 1952) is an American baseball coach. Smith was formerly the third-base coach for the Cleveland Indians. He has also held the same position with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds. He has also been a minor-league manager in the San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, and Milwaukee Brewers organizations.
As a player, Smith was primarily a second baseman and shortstop, though he played a few games at third base and even made one appearance as a pitcher. He played in the San Diego Padres organization from 1976 to 1982, playing for the Single-A Walla Walla Padres and Reno Silver Sox, the Double-A Amarillo Gold Sox, and the Triple-A Hawaii Islanders. Smith played over three seasons at Triple-A Hawaii, but was never called up by the major league club. His playing career ended after the 1982 season at the age of 28.
From 1983 to 1989, Smith managed the Single-A Salem Redbirds, Miami Marlins, and Reno Padres, the Double-A Beaumont Golden Gators and Wichita Pilots, and the Triple-A Las Vegas Stars, all of which were Padres affiliates at the time he managed them. He then spent the 1990 season managing the Double-A Oklahoma City 89ers in the Texas Rangers organization. Smith then went to the Seattle Mariners organization, managing the Single-A Advanced Peninsula Pilots in 1991, the Triple-A Calgary Cannons in 1994, and the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers in 1995.
Smith became a major league coach for the Mariners in 1996 and held a coaching position with the club until 1999. He then returned to the minor leagues in 2000, managing the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He returned to major league coaching in 2002 when he became the third-base coach for the Texas Rangers, a position he held until 2006. In 2007 he became the Philadelphia Phillies third-base coach, and won a World Series ring with the team in 2008. The Phillies dismissed him after the 2008 season.
Smith was named to his position as infield and third base coach with the Cleveland Indians on November 16, 2009.
Smith will be the Cincinnati Reds third base coach starting in the 2014 season. Smith was not retained by the Reds following the 2014 season.
Personal life and other media
Smith lives in Encinitas, California. He, along with his daughter Allison, competed in the sixteenth season of the CBS reality program The Amazing Race. Steve and Allie finished in sixth place and were eliminated in the April 4, 2010, episode at the pit stop in Malaysia.
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- "Indians and Manny Acta appoint three (3) coaches onto Major League staff". Cleveland Indians official press release. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
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