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Happy birthday, Chuck Smith

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Happy birthday to Chuck Smith, who turns 39 today.

Back in the day, Smith was a 30 year old journeyman who the Rangers had in their system after having signed him as a minor league free agent.  Doug Melvin flipped him, in the summer of 2000, to Florida in a three-way deal that brought Dave Martinez to the Rangers (Texas was still sort of in the playoff race, and needed another outfielder because Ruben Mateo had just broken his leg).

Martinez wasn't good, and Smith went out to post a 3.23 ERA over 19 starts for the Marlins the rest of the way, finishing 6th in the ROY balloting and causing much wailing and gnashing of teeth about how the Rangers should never -- NEVER -- trade away any more pitchers.

Smith had 15 not-real-good starts in 2001, underwent Tommy John surgery, and never appeared in the majors again.