Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2012: 5 Reasons Lee Smith Got Screwed

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Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2012: 5 Reasons Lee Smith Got Screwed
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Another year, another Lee Smith Hall of Fame snub.

When Lee Smith retired after 18 seasons in professional baseball, he was the all-time saves leader and one of the most feared pitchers in baseball. He was described as the best one-inning pitcher of all-time and was one of the most intimidating pitchers in his era.

Smith would throw gas warming up from the bullpen in left-field foul territory, and when his name was called he would take a slow, deliberate path to the mound, a move that would become his trademark, like AC/DC's "Hells Bells" was to Trevor Hoffman when he would enter games. 

There is so much more than the numbers that point to his Hall of Fame-caliber career, but it is advanced statistics that point to flaws in his numbers and water down the stats of one of the best closers in history.

Let's take a look at a few reasons why Lee Smith got screwed.    

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