San Francisco Giants: Barry Bonds and My IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot
By Michael Saltzman
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29.4 Career WAR, 478 saves, 1251 strikeouts, 3.03 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 132 ERA+
Lee Smith is the last of a dying breed of closers that adapted to the new era and continued to excel. Lee Smith came into a sport that expected closers to pitch multiple innings and ended his career asked to get the final three outs. Smith did his job regardless of assignment as well as anyone who ever played the game. Ultimately, Smith is being hurt by being the fourth best closer of a generation, when in reality, he should be looked at as one of the best to ever pitch out of the bullpen.