Monday, June 10, 2019

1990 Topps Minis #46: Lonnie Smith

Today we start the NL half of the 1990 Topps Mini League Leaders set.  Since the cards go alphabetically by geographic location, we start off the NL in Atlanta with Lonnie Smith.
#46, Lonnie Smith.
Lonnie Smith is a personal favorite since he was a rookie with the 1980 World Series champion Phillies.  He did well after leaving the Phillies, winning the World Series again with the Cardinals and the Royals, and he was also with two pennant-winning Atlanta teams in the early 90s.  Smith was a base-stealer although he never led the league in that, but he did lead the NL in runs with 120 in 1982.  He was caught up in baseball's drug scandals of the 1980s, and you have to what kind of career he might have had without all that.
Lonnie Smith card back.
Smith earned his way into this league leaders set by placing first in the NL in on-base percentage in 1989 with .415, and placing third in batting average with 315.    He also was fifth in slugging in tied for seventh in doubles. 

Thanks for reading!  Next in the series, Smith's teammate John Smoltz.

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