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Dodgers: Will Smith Matches Mike Piazza’s Homerun Record



The Dodgers got off to a great start against Arizona in their series on Monday night. The offense woke up early, and Walker Buehler carried them throughout the entire game. He ended up tossing a shutout and allowing just 3 total hits to go along with 10 strikeouts. It was incredible. 

But lost in the shuffle of that shutout win was the homerun off the bat of Will Smith. The Dodgers catcher had struggled a little bit to get things going offensively, but an 8th-inning homerun might be exactly what he needed.

That homerun also put him in the Dodgers (and MLB) history books. It was the 50th homerun of Smith’s career, tying him with former catcher Mike Piazza as the fastest catcher in NL history to reach that mark. He did it in 233 games. 

Smith gets the Piazza comparisons very often among Dodgers fans, so it’s is an interesting stat. And if you’re going to be compared to anyone, a Hall of Fame catcher who hit 427 homeruns and won 10 Silver Slugger Awards isn’t too bad.  

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At just 27-years-old, the hope is that Smith will be around for a very long time. Piazza played for 7 years with the Dodgers before moving on to have a 16-year career in the big leagues. 

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  1. My whole family were Mike Piazza fans until he said the best fans in the world belonged to the NY Mets! LA fans literally kissed his fanny! So far, I would take Smith over Piazza. A great catcher is one that can be a force offensively & defensively. Piazza while n outstanding hitter, left much to be desired on the defensive side. Smith is so much better than Pizza from a defensive standpoint & is becoming more & more an offensive force. We never did get into the World Series w/Piazza. We already won a World Series w//Smith.