Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/20/14

On this date in 1993 the Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent outfielder Lonnie Smith to a one year contract. Smith was 37 at the time of the deal, a veteran of 15 major league seasons who had hit .247 with 6 homers and 33 RBI’s in 84 games for the Braves in 1992. He had stolen as many as 68 bases in a season, four times topping 40 but since stealing 25 bases in 1986, he had topped 10 steals just once in the last six seasons. He hit over .300 six times in his career with the last time coming in 1990 when he hit .305 for the Braves. With the Pirates Smith played left field and was used often as a pinch hitter as well. In 94 games he hit .286 with 6 homers, 24 RBI’s and 43 walks. In early September he was traded to the Orioles for two players to be named later, both ended up being career minor leaguers. Smith hit .288 career with 370 steals and 909 runs scored in 1613 games.

Smith hit .278 in 63 career playoff games

Also on this date, in 1996, the Pirates signed free agent catcher Lance Parrish to a one year contract. Just two years prior, the Pirates bought his contract from the Detroit Tigers. In 1994 he hit .270 with 3 homers and 16 RBI’s in 40 games for the Pirates. He spent the 1995 season in Toronto hitting just .202 in 70 games. Parrish, an eight time all-star, was 40 years old at the time of his signing with the Pirates for 1996. He ended up not making the team that year and took a job in the Royals system, ending his playing career. He was a career .252 hitter with 324 homers and 1070 RBI’s.

Players born on this date include recent rule V draft pick John Raynor, who played for the Pirates during the 2010 season before being returned to the Florida Marlins. He was a 9th round draft pick of the Marlins in 2006 who worked his way up to AAA in 2009 one level per year. He hit .257 that season with 6 homers and 19 steals but he had hit 13 homers in each of the previous two seasons while stealing a combined 102 bases. The Pirates used him in 11 games off the bench, eight as a pinch hitter before deciding to return him to the Marlins on May 4th. He had two hits in the majors, both singles, in 10 at bats and he scored one run. He missed most of the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, playing just 43 minor league games for the Marlins. He went to camp with them in 2011 but didn’t make the team as asked for his release instead of reporting to minor league camp. He retired from baseball and is currently attending college at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington(the school he was drafted out of) where is also a coach for their baseball team

Also born on this date, in 1977, was pitcher Brian O’Connor who played for the 2000 Pirates.  He was an 11th round draft pick of the Pirates in 1995 out of high school. His minor league career got off to a great start as he posted a 1.88 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 43 innings of rookie ball as an 18 year old but it was fleeting success as he posted an ERA over 4.00 in each season that followed up until 2003. He began the 2000 season repeating AA and went 12-4 3.76 that year. On May 13th he was called up to the Pirates to make a spot start and while they ended up winning 11-8, O’Connor was pulled in the 3rd inning after allowing the first three batters to reach base. He gave up 6 total runs and was returned to the minors. The Pirates recalled him in September and he made five more relief appearances.  He played in the minors until 2006 but never returned to the majors.

Finally, on a light day for birthdays and transactions, pitcher Jay Tibbs(1962) played for the 1990 Pirates. Tibbs was a second round draft pick by the Mets who made his major league debut in 1984. The Pirates acquired him mid-season 1990 from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for a player to be named later that turned out to be pitcher Dorn Taylor. Tibbs was just 2-7 5.68 in 10 starts for the Orioles at the time of the deal. He pitched five games for the Pirates, all in relief, giving up two runs in seven innings pitched. He also pitched two games in AAA for the Bucs before a sore shoulder ended his season. He was invited to spring training the next season but did not make the team so he decided to retire. He had a 49-54 4.20 record in seven major league seasons.


MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Robert Griffin III benched by Redskins for McCoy

Dice-K Matsuzaka headed back to Japan

Lovie Smith: 2-9 Bucs are still in playoff contention

UCLA QB Brett Hundley likely to enter NFL draft

Bills will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium for Sunday's game

Miller to Oregon transfer rumor originates on Reddit

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Valencia FC ditches bat logo amidst DC Comics challenge

Paul Pierce: Celtics' Big Three was like 'Holy Trinity'

Cubs reportedly offer Jon Lester more than $135 million

Colin Kaepernick: Jim Harbaugh will be back in 2015

Jeremy Maclin not happy with Riley Cooper’s contract remark

Broncos reportedly waive kicker McManus, sign Connor Barth

Derrick Rose leaves game with hamstring tightness

WATCH: Ty Lawson drops Kirk Hinrich to the floor

Alabama DL trolls Auburn with Instagram photo

Rockies pitcher takes shot at former Astros pitcher

WATCH: Paul Pierce signs autograph during game

Jeremy Hill asks great question about alma mater LSU

NBA rookie rankings after 1st month of 2014-15 season

Statistic about Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler very revealing

Aaron Rodgers blasts those who accused him of trolling Vikings

The century's 10 most one-sided college football rivalries

WATCH: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of NBA's first month

Sherman mocks NFL media policies in press conference

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Rose leaves with injury again

WATCH: Pierce signs for fan during game

Report: McCoy to start over RG3

Braxton Miller headed to Oregon?

10 most one-sided college football rivalries

Pierce: C's Big Three like 'Holy Trinity'

Maclin unhappy with Cooper comments

Post-Week 13 CFB Playoff projection

What has Masai Ujiri built in Toronto?

How L.A. should replace Hanley

Lester, Red Sox still talking contract

Why each NFL team should be thankful

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.