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Dodgers: More on Will Smith’s Call Up to Los Angeles

The rookie catcher is set to make his first appearance for the Dodgers on Tuesday.

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 25: Paulo Orlando #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Will Smith #67 after scoring a run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of the MLB spring training game at Camelback Ranch on February 25, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

While he didn’t enter the game on Monday, the Will Smith experience arrived at Dodger Stadium. As game time approached we learned a few nuggets surrounding the young catcher as he spoke with media before Monday’s contest vs the Mets.

First, he offered up some feelings on his call up.

Moreover, he added an assessment of the club.

Uniform number

Importantly, we learned what uniform number he would be wearing for the Dodgers.

Yes, number 16 was most recently and famously worn by long-time Dodger Andre Ethier, who donned the number for 12 seasons — the longest by anyone in franchise history. #uselessfacts

Second most was Brooklyn pitcher Van Mungo from 1932-1940. #moreuselessfacts

MLB Debut

The 24 year-old Smith will be making his official MLB debut today against the Mets.

The first pitcher he will ever catch in a major league game will be Rich Hill, and the first pitcher he will ever face is lined up to be Steven Matz of the Mets.

Will Smith season is here.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream. He is also 1/2 of the occasional "Clint and Clint #DNpregame" show.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Great debut Will….2 for 4 including a double, caught 1 of 2 base stealers. Glad you are here!

    • Gary, if he continues to impress, he could make some decisions difficult as far as the catching goes on the MLB roster. But I have a feeling that once Barnes is activated Smith will go back to OKC where he could be the starting catcher there instead of sitting on the pine up here.

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