Dominic Smith’s BaseballGenerations Foundation Provides Underserved Youth Baseball Opportunities

Dominic Smith’s BaseballGenerations Foundation Provides Underserved Youth Baseball Opportunities

Rachel Hill breaks down the work Washington Nationals veteran #MLBbro Dominic Smith has done off the field in the LA community to provide baseball opportunities to kids in areas where the costs of playing might be a deterrent to participating in the game.

Timothy Ravare, Ron Miller, and Dominic Smith founded BaseballGenerations in 2017 as a for-profit organization, providing professional baseball training at affordable prices.

The trio grew up playing baseball together in South Los Angeles and shared a commitment to give back to their community.

 

Dominic Smith Is Hitting Over .300 In May |  Teaching Young Nationals Team How To Be Pros

Dominic Smith Is Hitting Over .300 In May | Teaching Young Nationals Team How To Be Pros

Dominic Smith spent his first six MLB seasons playing for the New York Mets, who drafted him in the first round back in 2013.

We got the opportunity to see Smith grow as a player and develop his skill set during his time in New York.

 

During his time with the Mets, he had his share of ups and downs, but his experience was worthwhile.

 

Dominic Smith Is A Work In Progress


Smith is now a member of the Washington Nationals, looking to become a key player on a team that is rebuilding.

 

 

 


In his first season with the Nationals, Smith is getting settled in with his new ball club and looking to fulfill his role on the team.

 

The former 11th overall pick has two games where he’s recorded three hits and during the month of May he’s hitting well over .300

 

This is what the Nationals want to continue to see out of Smith.

 

Smith embraces time playing against former team

 

Smith has played his former team on two occasions so far this season. The first time came in April. It was a trip down memory lane for Smith when he went back to New York.

As The Trade Deadline Approaches, The Mets Need Dominic Smith To Get Back To His Old Self

 


“I would just say that my time with the Mets was just some of the biggest memories of my life and something that I just have to forever be grateful for,”
he said. “It made me, I feel like, the man I am today and helped me deal with adversity and just learn how to seek true happiness. So I think it made me all around just a better person being here.”

 

The Nationals took on the Mets again this past weekend and on Sunday, the teams resumed a game that was suspended and Smith went 2-for-4.

 

In his six seasons with the Mets, Smith hit .246 with 46 home runs and 179 RBI. The Mets were very high on Smith, but it seemed like he didn’t live up to the expectations the Mets set out for him to have. 

 

His best season in New York was during the COVID shortened season in 2020 when he hit .316 with 10 homers through 50 games. 

 

Though he may not have put up the numbers that he wanted to during his time in New York, he still played a key role during those six seasons.

 

Making the most out of a new opportunity

Smith is looking to make Washington D.C. his new home and with his experience and skill set, he certainly has what it takes to make an impact for the Nationals.

 


Through 36 games this season, he’s hitting over .260 with eight RBI and a home run. It’s early, so we could see those numbers increase as the season progresses.

 

But Smith is grateful to be playing for the Nationals and he wants to take full advantage of the opportunities he has.

 

“I feel like everything happens for a reason,” Smith said. “And I’m just very blessed and thankful just to still be here, still be in the big leagues and still have an opportunity to play and win ballgames. So I’m extremely happy.

 

I’m very thankful for the Washington Nationals organization for giving me the opportunity and a chance to come out here and play. I just want to help these young guys, help myself and the whole organization get back to where we were in 2019.”

This will be a big season for Smith as he has a chance to turn his career around and contribute to the Nationals’ eventual return to NL contenders. 

As The Trade Deadline Approaches, The Mets Need Dominic Smith To Get Back To His Old Self

As The Trade Deadline Approaches, The Mets Need Dominic Smith To Get Back To His Old Self

 It is just not Dominic Smith’s year.

 

The first baseman/outfielder is having the worst season of his major league career. In the 58 games he has suited up for the New York Mets, he has a .194 batting average, with 17 RBI. He is slugging a .276 on-base percentage, and a .284 slugging percentage. He has also not hit one out of the yard so far either.

 

As the All-Star Break has come to a close and the second half of the season underway, Smith will not be a part of that. It was announced on Thursday that he would start the second half on the 10-day Injured List with an ankle, after rolling it while running the bases last Saturday against the Cubs.

 

The Mets were not a bad team last season, as they were in first place in the NL East for a good chunk of their campaign, but they ended up self-imploding, and the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves took the division over. After making several splashy moves the previous offseason, like with the signing of Max Scherzer and Starling Marte, as well as the team they already had, things were looking bright in Queens.

 

As the 11th overall pick back in 2015 out of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, Smith has been expected to play a big role with his bat. After a very successful 2020 season, hitting 10 home runs in 50 games, Smith’s production dipped as he ended up having a mediocre 2021 year, batting .244 with 11 home runs, 58 RBI, an on-base percentage of .304, and a slugging percentage .363 in 145 games played.

 

Many fans just saw this as a down year for Smith and the Mets, as the team went into a downward spiral in the second half.  The team is hoping he can reach back to his .316 batting average from 2020. As of now, fans and the team just hope that he can get back to the same production from 2021.

 

The August 2nd trade deadline is approaching quickly, and as the Mets are very much in playoff contention, they will be buyers. The team just announced Friday that they acquired first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Vogelback, most likely meaning less playing time for Smith.

 

Smith’s name has already been thrown out there as a potential player the Mets may use as a trade piece. Recent reports have indicated that, according to Robert Murray, teams like the Cubs and the Red Sox are already showing signs of interest in the 27-year-old. Especially with a crowded outfield, and a very crowded first baseman group, all signs are pointing to Smith being the odd man out.

 

A change in scenery could be exactly what he needs. It can be a chance to let go of old demons, and have a fresh start. However, there is a good chance that he will not get traded, and if that’s the case, then he will really need to figure out what’s going wrong in a hurry. Either way, the next month or two are going to be very interesting to see what ends up happening with Smith.