"That experience shaped the trajectory of my life," Smith told the site.
Smith made it back from that to star in high school and play professionally in six seasons. He never made AA, but he did eventually find his faith, which has led him to become a pastor, Rhody Beat wrote.
Smith's baseball career began in 1990, taken by the Yankees in the 15th round of the draft out of Seekonk High in Massachusetts. Smith was also credited with his given first name, Michael Smith.
Smith started with the Yankees in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He started six games and ended with a 5.09 ERA. He returned to he GCL for 1991 and got another 11 starts. He went 2-4, with a 3.02 ERA.
Smith made single-A Greensboro in 1992. He went 9-9 on the year and had a 3.97 ERA. He went eight innings in an April contest and gave up only three hits.
After not being credited as pitching in 1993, he briefly returned to the mound and the GCL in 1994. In five relief outings, he gave up seven earned in 7.2 innings of work.
He returned for seven outings with independent Long Beach in 1995 and two outings with independent Rhode Island in 1996 to round out his career.
In 2019, Smith continues to serve as pastor at Stone Coast Community Church in Warren, R.I.
- Rhody Beat, Jan. 26, 2017: Pitcher turned preacher finds flock in Warren
Made the Majors:1,135-36.6%
Never Made Majors:1,970-63.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 470
10+ Seasons in the Minors:281