Former Dodgers outfielder and hitting coach Reggie Smith on Tuesday was named to manager Dave Roberts’ National League All-Star coaching staff.
“Reggie has been a friend and mentor for many years and it will truly be special to have him sitting next to me in a Major League dugout,” Roberts said in a statement. “His humility, strong leadership and ability to teach has helped shape my own career as a coach and manager as well as a husband and father. I’m excited to watch and hear him share stories about his Major League journey with today’s crop of talented All-Stars.”
Smith was a seven-time All-Star as a player, including three times with the Dodgers (1977, 1978, 1980). Smith’s 152 OPS+ in his six seasons in Los Angeles is the fourth-best in franchise history, with a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances.
He was also the hitting coach in Los Angeles from 1994-98.
“It is very hard to describe the emotion that came over me when Dave Roberts called,” said Smith. “It was an unequivocal yes. It is quite an honor to have the opportunity to get back to the All-Star Game and be there with Doc and sit on the bench and represent the National League in a Dodger uniform. It means so much to me and my family and I am anxiously looking forward to being there in Colorado.”
Roberts has been hinting at an honorary coach joining his staff for weeks. He’ll take the Dodgers coaching staff with him to Colorado, including bench coach Bob Geren, first base coach Clayton McCullough, and third base coach Dino Ebel. Roberts also will have longtime friend and current Rockies manager Bud Black on his All-Star coaching staff, as he did in 2018.
In the American League, All-Star manager Kevin Cash of the Rays will have Cleveland manager Terry Francona on his staff.
Smith, now 76, runs the Reggie Smith Academy in Encino, which provides year-round youth instructional programs, teaching baseball fundamentals.
“What he did in the in the game of baseball, what he did off the field, what he has continued to do off the field for the urban youth shouldn’t go unnoticed,” Roberts said before Tuesday’s Dodgers game in Miami. “Reggie is a very humble guy. He hasn’t been around the big leagues in quite some time. So I just thought it was the perfect opportunity to bring him back.”