It’s been a while since the Dodgers have had an offensive type of catcher that Will Smith is. While he is solid behind the plate, Smith is among the league’s best with a bat in his hands. And he is absolutely a difference-maker in the heart of this order.
Smith launched his second homerun of the season on Monday night against the Diamondbacks. But that homerun carried more weight than just being an insurance run. It tied him with former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza as the fastest NL catcher to reach 50 homeruns.
But as it turns out, Smith didn’t even know what he had done. The Dodgers backstop was told about it by reporters following the game on Monday night. His reaction? Well, he was very young when Piazza was traded out of Los Angeles. (quote via the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett)
“Really? That’s cool. I grew up obviously knowing who he was and watching games and stuff. But I think I knew him more with the Mets (than the Dodgers).”
Smith was born in 1995, just 3 years before the Dodgers traded Piazza to the Marlins. He was later flipped to the Mets, where he would spend 8 years of his Hall of Fame career. So it makes sense that he would most know him as a member of the Mets.
Still, pretty cool thing for him to be able to do so early in his career.
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