Dodgers: Ranking the Top 5 Right fielders in franchise History

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LOS ANGELES, CA – 1989: Reggie Smith #2 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes batting practice before a game at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

5. Best Dodgers right fielders: Reggie Smith

The Dodgers acquired Reggie Smith near the tail end of his career, but he arguably played his best ball with the Boys in Blue. Smith came over to the Dodgers from the Cardinals midway through his age-31 season. He showed no signs of slowing down, however, as he led the National League in on-base percentage the following year, and finished fourth in MVP voting the next two.

The veteran switch-hitter had some issues staying on the field after the 1978 season, but remained productive when he was healthy. Smith was an All-Star in 1980, hitting .322 over 90 games.

The right fielder also has some bizarre moments associated with his Dodger tenure. Teammate and Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton claimed that Smith was more important to the team than fan favorite Steve Garvey, which led to an infamous brawl between Sutton and the star first baseman. Smith was also ejected from a game in 1981 for going into the stands and fighting a fan who threw a helmet at him.

Ironically, Smith finished his MLB career with a season in San Francisco before playing two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He ended his Dodger career with a .297 average, .915 OPS, 97 homers, and 301 RBI.

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