Justin Smoak
American baseball player
Justin Smoak
Justin Kyle Smoak is an American professional baseball player for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.
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Blue Jays use long balls to down Orioles
Fox News - almost 2 years
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Smoak and Devon Travis each hit two- run homers to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.After Baltimore took the lead on Jimmy Paredes' two-run homer in the third, Smoak's first of the season tied the game in the fourth, and Travis, who missed Tuesday's game with rib soreness, put the Blue Jays in front an inning later
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Smoak Homers Twice, Blue Jays Rout Rays
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Justin Smoak hit a pair of long home runs — one landed atop the Rays' office building beyond the right field wall — Daniel Norris struck out five in 5 2-3 innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 on Friday.
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Rangers Pitcher Tries To Make Up Unwritten Rule But Nobody Seems To Be Buying It
Huffington Post Sports - over 2 years
Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis tried to make up his own unwritten rule of baseball on Saturday night after a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. But nobody seemed to be buying it. Only leading 2-0 with two outs in the fifth inning, Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus beat Texas' defensive shift with a bunt single down the third base line. That's just a smart play by Rasmus, right? Not to Lewis. After failing to throw him out at first, the nine-year veteran shouted something at Rasmus. "I told [Rasmus] I didn't appreciate it. You're up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don't think that's the way the game should be played," Lewis explained, via MLB.com. Not only did Lewis feel like Rasmus showed bad baseball etiquette, he thought it was a selfish play as well. "I felt like you have a situation where there is two outs, you're up two runs, you have gotten a hit earlier in the game off me, we are playing the shift, and he laid down a bunt basically simply for average. ...
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Mariners, Smoak agree to 2014 deal
Fox News - about 3 years
Peoria, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners and first baseman Justin Smoak on Saturday agreed to terms on a one-year contract with a club option for 2015.
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Smoak, Morrison swap arbitration figures with Ms
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
SEATTLE (AP) — First baseman Justin Smoak asked Seattle for $3.25 million in salary arbitration, and the Mariners countered at $2,025,000 on Friday. Both were eligible for arbitration for the first time, and if they don't settle they will be scheduled for hearings next month in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Mariners reach new deal with outfielder Michael Saunders
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
The Seattle Mariners and outfielder Michael Saunders have agreed to a new one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday. The exact terms were not disclosed, but The Seattle Times reported that the contract is for one-year and worth $2.3 million plus incentives. The 27-year-old outfielder hit .236 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs in 486 plate appearances last season, while playing in 132 games. With the deal, which allowed the M’s to avoid arbitration, Saunders will be under contract through the 2014 season. The Mariners now have two players who are arbitration-eligible in first baseman Justin Smoak and outfielder/first baseman Logan Morrison. Saunders’ numbers to this point in his career [...]
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Miller's grand slam helps Mariners down A's
Fox News - over 3 years
Brad Miller hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the fifth inning, to help the Seattle Mariners to a 7-5 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.Justin Smoak hit a two-run home run for the Mariners, who have won three of their last four games
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Smoak's 3-run HR nearly ends Royals' playoff hopes
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Smoak's 3-run HR nearly ends Royals' playoff hopes SEATTLE (AP) — As a demoralizing 2013 winds down for the Seattle Mariners hope is already springing eternal for 2014. The Mariners (69-89) saw two major components for next season deliver key performances Tuesday night in their 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Justin Smoak hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to apply a crushing blow to the Royals' postseason aspirations. Rookie starter James Paxton (3-0) made it hold up with seven strong innings. In just his fourth big-league start, Paxton allowed four hits, walking none and striking out a career-high 10. Big, tall kid, straight over the top, straight downhill action on all his pitches, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said, what he (Paxton) is doing, what you are seeing against teams he is pitching against, is real. For Smoak, who matched his career high of 19 home runs set last season, it was just his second right-handed. Time is ...
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Smoak, Mariners edge out Angels
Fox News - over 3 years
Justin Smoak hit a two-run home run as the Seattle Mariners took a 3-2 win over the LA Angels of Anaheim to avoid a sweep on Sunday.
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Mariners beat Tigers and Justin Verlander 8-0
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Hisashi Iwakuma extended his scoreless innings streak on the road to 25 and Justin Smoak homered off Verlander to help Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers 8-0 on Wednesday night. Verlander, the 2011 MVP and Cy Young Award winner, earned a victory in his previous start to end a six-game winless streak. In the fourth inning, Iwakuma got out of a bases-loaded jam for the second time in the game at Detroit. Iwakuma, who became an All-Star this year in his second season, joined Randy Johnson (1994) and Brian Holman (1989) as Mariners who have thrown 25 straight scoreless innings on the road. Nick Franklin followed with an RBI single to give Seattle a 2-0 lead. Detroit's Doug Fister (12-9) will start against Seattle's James Paxton (2-0) in the series finale Thursday, then the Tigers will open their home series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night when Max Scherzer will make his fifth straight start seeking his 20th win.
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Paxton, Mariners Keep Rays Sliding With 6-2 Win
NYTimes - over 3 years
James Paxton threw six strong innings allowing just one earned run in his major league debut, Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales hit solo homers and the Seattle Mariners continued Tampa Bay on their West Coast slide with a 6-2 win over the Rays on Saturday night.     
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Smoak keeps slumping Rays spiraling
Fox News - over 3 years
Justin Smoak smacked a tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning that dealt the Tampa Bay Rays a potentially costly 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
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American League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 3 years
Mike Moustakas' solo homer in the bottom of the 13th inning lifted the Kansas City Royals over the Seattle Mariners, 7-6, on Thursday. Alex Gordon added a two-run homer for the Royals, who won three of the four games in this series. Billy Butler went 5-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored and Emilio Bonifacio went 4-for-6 with two runs. Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed five runs on seven hits over six innings. Louis Coleman (3-0) recorded the final out in the top of the 13th to pick up the win. Justin Smoak and Raul Ibanez homered for the Mariners, who have lost four of five. Kendrys Morales and Brad Miller each knocked in a run. Joe Saunders got the start for Seattle and gave up three runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings. Chance Ruffin (0-1) took the loss after giving up the homer to Moustakas.
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Walker wins debut as Mariners top Astros 7-1
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Minutes before making his major league debut for Seattle on Friday night against the Houston Astros, Walker found Garcia in the crowd and grabbed her for a long and emotional embrace. Pitching in front of about 40 family members and friends, Walker did not allow an earned run over five innings to help the Mariners beat Houston 7-1. The 21-year-old right-hander, rated the fifth-best prospect in baseball, yielded two hits and one run with two strikeouts and a walk. The Astros were up by one in the fourth before Ackley tied it with an RBI single. A run-scoring single in the ninth gave Ackley four RBIs to tie a career best. Astros starter Brad Peacock (3-5) was tagged for seven hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings. Carter Capps, Charlie Furbush and Oliver Perez combined to pitch four scoreless innings after Walker left the game. A first-round draft pick in 2010, Walker joined the Mariners after going 4-7 with a 2.46 ERA in 14 starts at Double-A and 5-3 with a 3.61 ERA over 11 star ...
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Houston loses 3-2 to Seattle
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Brett Wallace homered, but the Astros failed to get a hit against three Seattle relievers and lost 3-2 to the Mariners on Thursday night. Nick Franklin put Seattle on top with a one-out solo homer off Jordan Lyles (6-7) in the first inning. Franklin Gutierrez added a two-run shot in the fourth, helping the Mariners stop a six-game slide. L.J. Hoes got Houston's first hit with a single to start the fourth before Castro's one-out double sent him home. Lyles retired eight of the last nine batters he faced after the homer by Gutierrez, with the only baserunner coming when Justin Smoak reached on an error by right fielder Hoes with two outs in the sixth. Lyles last started on Friday, but got the last out of Houston's win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday for his first career save. Kevin Chapman followed Lyles with 2 1-3 scoreless innings.
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Miscues costly again for M's in 2-1 loss to A's
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
(AP) — A base running blunder by Kendrys Morales in the seventh inning wiped out Seattle's chance to take a lead. Not even a solid start by Aaron Harang after overcoming forearm tightness in his previous outing was enough to take the sting off this loss. Mariners reliever Carter Capps gave up a one-out solo home run to Brandon Moss in the ninth inning, and Seattle lost 2-1 to the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. "(Harang) was good, his elbow was fine, no tightness," Mariners interim manager Robby Thompson said. The Mariners designated hitter rounded second then jogged into third standing up on Justin Smoak's sharp single to right field and was thrown out by Josh Reddick. The Mariners missed another chance to take the lead in the eighth when Michael Saunders singled and reached third when A's starter Jarrod Parker threw Dustin Ackley's sacrifice bunt down the right-field line. The A's took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes singled to open the inning an ...
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Saunders homers twice, Mariners edge Orioles
Fox News - over 3 years
Michael Saunders hit three-run and two-run homers to help the Seattle Mariners to an 8-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the second of three games from Camden Yards.Justin Smoak went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and three runs scored while Michael Morse scored twice and drove in a run for the Mariners, who snapped a four-game losing streak
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Justin Smoak
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 29
    Smoak played in 126 games for the Blue Jays in 2016, and hit .217 with 14 home runs and 34 RBI.
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    On May 3, 2016, Smoak hit a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and in the tenth inning, hit a walk-off two-run home run to defeat the Texas Rangers 3–1.
    More Details Hide Details On July 16, Smoak signed a two-year, $8.25 million extension with the Blue Jays that included a $6 million option for a third year, with a $250,000 buyout.
    Smoak signed a one-year, $3.9 million contract with the Blue Jays for the 2016 season on December 2, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the start of the season, he changed his uniform number from 13 back to 14, which he had vacated for David Price.
  • 2015
    Age 28
    He split time at first base for most of the 2015 season with Chris Colabello.
    More Details Hide Details In 132 appearances, Smoak batted .226 with 18 home runs and a career-high 59 RBI.
    In a game at Yankee Stadium on August 8, 2015, Smoak hit his first career grand slam, and also became the first Blue Jay to hit a grand slam against the Yankees at their home field.
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    He would extend the record to 2,317 plate appearances before hitting his first career triple on June 12, 2015, against the Boston Red Sox.
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    On April 22, 2015, Smoak set the all-time record for most plate appearances without hitting a triple to open a career.
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  • 2014
    Age 27
    On December 2, 2014, Smoak was non-tendered by the Blue Jays, making him a free agent.
    More Details Hide Details One day later, they re-signed him to a one-year, $1 million contract. He made his debut with Toronto on Opening Day, coming on as a defensive replacement for Edwin Encarnación.
    On October 28, 2014, the Toronto Blue Jays claimed Smoak off of waivers.
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  • 2012
    Age 25
    On July 23, 2012 Smoak was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, after his batting averaged dropped down to .189 in the middle of a 1 for 25 slump.
    More Details Hide Details A few weeks later he was brought back up to the Mariners due to an injury to first baseman Mike Carp.
  • 2011
    Age 24
    In April 2011, Smoak's father, with whom he had been very close, died of cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Smoak was generally considered one of the top five players in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, but his demands for a high-dollar contract caused several teams to pass on him. The Texas Rangers selected Smoak with the eleventh overall pick, leading USA Today to comment that "getting Smoak at No. 11 may be the best-value pick of the first round." Smoak was often touted by scouts as one of the best defensive first basemen in the 2008 draft. Some scouts compared Smoak to fellow switch hitters Mark Teixeira and Chipper Jones. Baseball America wrote that, as a first baseman, Smoak had "Gold Glove-caliber actions and soft hands", as well as "advanced footwork and instincts at first base", though they wrote that he had merely adequate arm strength. Nonetheless, several scouting reports wrote that Smoak's biggest strength was his ability to hit for both power and average on both sides of the plate.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    In November 2010, Justin married his high school sweetheart, Kristin Bevacqua.
    More Details Hide Details They have one child, a daughter.
    Smoak was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma on July 31, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to the Mariners on September 18 and batted .340 with three home runs in the final 14 games of his rookie season. Former Seattle Sonics announcer Kevin Calabro gave him the nickname "The Freak From Goose Creek".
    On June 13, 2010, playing in Milwaukee, Smoak became the first player in Rangers history to strike out five times in a nine-inning game.
    More Details Hide Details On July 9, Smoak was traded to the Seattle Mariners with prospects Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Matt Lawson for Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe.
    He recorded his first hit on April 26, 2010 against the Tigers.
    More Details Hide Details Smoak set a franchise record by drawing at least one walk in each of his first 4 games. Smoak got his first Major League home run against the White Sox on April 29 off Gavin Floyd and hit his first home run while batting right-handed on May 3, against Oakland off Jerry Blevins.
    Smoak entered 2010 ranked among the best prospects in baseball.
    More Details Hide Details Smoak was called up by the Rangers on April 22 and made his Major League debut the following evening in a game against the Detroit Tigers.
    He made his debut with the Texas Rangers in 2010, and was traded to the Seattle Mariners during the 2010 season.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to his professional career, Smoak played baseball for Stratford High School and the University of South Carolina.
  • 2009
    Age 22
    He was promoted on July 8, 2009 to the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks.
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    Smoak began play in the 2009 season for the Class AA Frisco RoughRiders.
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    He won the USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award in 2009.
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    He was also named the 2009 Baseball World Cup's Most Valuable Player.
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    Smoak hit nine home runs and drove in 22 runs, and was named to the 2009 IBAF World Cup All-Tournament Team along with fellow Team USA players Terry Tiffee and Jon Weber.
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    In 2009, Smoak again represented his country in the IBAF Baseball World Cup.
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  • 2007
    Age 20
    Later, he competed with Team USA again in the 2007 World Port Tournament.
    More Details Hide Details However, he didn't fare much better, as he finished with a .208 average, although he did lead the tournament with three doubles. In all, Smoak hit .223 and had a .380 slugging percentage for Team USA over the summer.
    During the 2007 Pan American Games, Smoak struggled, hitting .190 for the tournament.
    More Details Hide Details He won a silver medal there, when his team lost to Cuba in the finals.
    In the summer of 2007, Smoak was a representative for Team USA.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 19
    In the summer of 2006, Smoak played for the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
    More Details Hide Details He led all hitters with 11 home runs, a .565 slugging percentage, and 21 extra-base hits, en route to the MVP award.
  • 2005
    Age 18
    He was initially drafted by the Oakland Athletics as a sixteenth-round pick in 2005 upon graduation, but instead attended the University of South Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details Smoak went on to play college baseball for the South Carolina Gamecocks. In his three years playing for South Carolina, Smoak consistently put up big numbers. After batting .303 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI, Smoak earned Freshman All-American honors. He followed up with a .315 batting average, 22 home runs, and 72 RBI in his sophomore year, good enough to be tabbed as a third-team All-American. For his junior year, Smoak batted .383, with 23 home runs and 72 RBI. Smoak is South Carolina's all-time home run king with 62, breaking Hank Small's record of 48, which stood for over 30 years. Smoak is also South Carolina's career leader in RBIs and walks. Smoak was named a semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Award in 2007 and 2008.
    He was also one of 36 high school players in the nation to play in the 2005 high school All-American baseball game, named South Carolina AAAA Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, named co-Mr. Baseball for 2005 in South Carolina (alongside Gamecock teammate Reese Havens), made the 2004 and 2005 South Carolina AAAA All-State team, and a member of the 2005 South Carolina AAAA state championship team while with the Stratford Knights.
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    He was named by ABCA, Baseball America, and Collegiate Baseball as a 2005 high school All-American.
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    Smoak graduated from Stratford High School in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Smoak played four years of varsity high school baseball under coach John Chalus. It wasn't until his junior year in high school that scouts began to notice his talent because they were originally scouting his teammate and friend Matt Wieters. However, Smoak soon made his presence known among scouts.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Born
    Born on December 5, 1986.
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