The Atlanta Braves announced today that Dwight Smith passed away at the age of 58.
Smith played in the majors for 8 years, mostly for the Chicago Cubs and the Braves.
He burst onto the scene as a rookie in 1989, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .324 and 9 home runs in 109 games.
His next best season in MLB was in 1993, when he hit .300/.355/.494 for the Cubs, a batting line 28% better than league average.
Smith was also a member of the 1995 Braves World Series team, hitting a pinch hit walk off grand slam against the Marlins in September of that season.
Smith’s son, Dwight Smith, Jr. is also a baseball player, appearing in 122 career games with the Blue Jays and Orioles from 2017-2020.
The Braves also announced that his “infectious smile” will be missed at Truist Park.