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Ten Interesting Facts: Getting to Know Dominic Smith

  • Dominic Smith was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
    • Dom grew up in the inner city of Los Angeles, and participated in the MLB Urban Youth Academy as a kid.
  • Dominic Smith was drafted in the first round of the MLB draft by the New York Mets in 2013.
    • Smith was drafted as an 18 year old out of high school. He turned down the opportunity to play at USC for a 2.6 million dollar signing bonus from the Mets.
Pictured with Mets World Series Champion, Darryl Strawberry in 2013
  • Smith founded a non-profit organization, BaseballGenerations in 2017.
    • Smith’s non-profit’s main goal is to provide inner city kids from Los Angeles the opportunity to get high quality baseball coaching as well as a mentorship program to help kids off the field.
Pictured in 2020 after the BBG Home Run Derby
  • Dominic Smith made his major league debut in 2017.
    • After a longer road to the majors than Dom hoped for, he broke into the show on August 11, 2017.
  • Smith is an activist, and has been one of the faces for the Black Lives Matter movement across the MLB.
    • In the summer of 2020, Smith was the first Met to kneel for the National Anthem. His emotions after the game that day would speak for themselves when describing the harsh realities of being a black man in America.
  • On a lighter note, Smith experienced great success in 2020, finishing second on the team with a .316 batting average and 10 home runs in the shortened season.
  • While Smith is a great offensive player, he is an extremely talented defensive first basemen, and will be looked on the play left field as well going forward.
    • Smith will play left field because the Mets already have an All-Star first basemen in Pete Alonso. While you’d think this may cause tension on the team, Alonso and Smith are extremely close friends.
  • While talented on the field, he’s just as good off the field. Smith joined his teammate JD Davis for an offseason talk show last year called “The Cookie Club”.
    • The two fan favorites would get together weekly and talk baseball, life, and enjoy cookies together.
  • Dom’s music genre of choice is hip-hop, and had had Los Angeles legend Nipsey Hussle in his walk-up song rotation for a couple years now.
  • Dom was a finalist for the Hank Aaron award in 2020 and finished in the top 15 for the National League MVP.

References.

https://www.mlb.com/entertainment/walk-up/nym

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/teams/NYM/new-york-mets/stats/regular/

https://www.baseballgenerations.com/bbg-foundation

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smithdo02.shtml

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