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February 25, 1998 | JASON REID
Reggie Smith is back where he belongs, hanging around batting cages and patiently instructing hitters at Vero Beach, Fla. He is helping them prepare for another season, which is what Smith enjoys most. Smith, the hitting instructor since 1994, had surgery on July 14 to remove a disk in his neck then missed the remainder of the season. He is almost at full strength again, and this spring training has been among Smith's favorites for obvious reasons.
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February 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
It was a partylike atmosphere on Saturday morning at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, where the Knights unveiled their new $3-million baseball stadium and had a special guest, Neil Diamond, on hand to sing "Sweet Caroline. " There were celebrities everywhere. Pete Rose and Reggie Smith were there. Larry King, whose son is a freshman on the baseball team, was shaking hands and allowing lots of people to shoot selfies. Hollywood director Dennis Dugan, who helped design the stadium and asked Diamond, his good friend, to sing, was beaming with pride.
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July 16, 1997 | STEVE SPRINGER
Hitting coach Reggie Smith, suffering from pain and numbness in his neck and right arm, underwent surgery on his spine Tuesday at Centinela Hospital Medical Center. Smith, 51, will remain hospitalized for a few more days. He is expected to return to the club before the end of the season. * Infielder Juan Castro, who sprained his right knee June 4, is still not ready to play. But he has been sent down to triple-A Albuquerque in anticipation of a rehabilitation assignment.
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June 1, 2001 | BRETT PAPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With one state championship already on his resume, Palmdale High senior Jamil Smith has his sights on a goal loftier than simply repeating as triple jump champion. Already possessing a state-leading jump of 50-10 3/4, Smith is hoping to challenge the national scholastic record of 52-10 1/2 set by Charles Mayfield of Muir in 1980. Smith cleared the 50-foot mark two weeks ago at the Southern Section Division I finals, which moved him to third on the national list this year.
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July 18, 1995 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Dodger batting coach Reggie Smith, addressing his team's recent slump, said he hopes the players aren't looking over their shoulders wondering if there will be major lineup changes if the team doesn't start hitting. The Dodgers, who have three regulars hitting .300 or better, have scored fewer runs than anyone in the National League and have been shut out 10 times.
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July 16, 1989
Milt May, Pittsburgh Pirate batting coach, and Reggie Smith, Dodger minor league hitting coach, were teammates on the San Francisco Giants in 1982. May told Bob Hertzel of the Pittsburgh Press, "When Reggie came to the club that year, he went to management and told them he wanted to have a little meeting with the hitters to show them how to avoid the double play. "They said fine, and he held the meeting.
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December 27, 1996 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the studied look of a physics professor, Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Bill Russell eyed Juan Rojas, 9, as he hit baseball after baseball into the dew-coated turf. Quietly stepping forward from beside the backstop, Russell whispered to Juan, who then examined his hands as if seeing them for the very first time. At the next pitch, Juan kept the bat up as the Dodger manager had instructed and launched the ball into the depths of left field. Mighty Casey would have been proud. Juan sure was.
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July 1, 1989 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Heads turned when Reggie Smith, flourishing a samurai sword, entered the Bakersfield Dodgers' clubhouse. "I thought he was going to cut somebody's head off," said outfielder K. G. White. But Smith was not thinking decapitation. He simply was going to take a few cuts with the sword before batting practice. A former Dodger slugger, Smith is in his first season as a roving hitting instructor for the Dodgers' minor league teams in Bakersfield; San Antonio; Albuquerque, N.M.; Great Falls, Mont.
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May 23, 1995 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reggie Smith, batting instructor to the last three National League rookies of the year, is stepping to the plate himself and taking an ambitious swing at launching a business. The 50-year-old former major league slugger and current Dodger batting coach is trying to fulfill a longtime dream of bringing the secrets of the pros to the suburbs. Smith and three partners hope to round third and head for home with Reggie Smith's Baseball Development Center, to be located in Warner Center.
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March 22, 1985 | JOHANNES TESSELAAR, Times Staff Writer
The best player on the Montclair Prep baseball team has a problem. "I have the longest name in the newspaper," he says. "My name is Reggie Smith Jr., son of ex-Dodger Reggie Smith. That is my name." Smith, a 16-year-old junior at the Van Nuys school, would rather earn attention on his own merits. He doesn't want to be known only as the kid whose dad played in the major leagues for 17 seasons, including six years with the Dodgers, and two in Japan.
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June 25, 1998 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rapid-fire change that has marked the Dodgers' disappointing season continued Wednesday night when new Manager Glenn Hoffman made several changes in his coaching staff. Hoffman dramatically reconfigured the on-field management team he inherited Monday from fired manager Bill Russell when he replaced three-fifths of his coaching staff after the Dodgers' interleague game with the Angels at Dodger Stadium, the third of four between the teams this season.
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February 25, 1998 | JASON REID
Reggie Smith is back where he belongs, hanging around batting cages and patiently instructing hitters at Vero Beach, Fla. He is helping them prepare for another season, which is what Smith enjoys most. Smith, the hitting instructor since 1994, had surgery on July 14 to remove a disk in his neck then missed the remainder of the season. He is almost at full strength again, and this spring training has been among Smith's favorites for obvious reasons.
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September 3, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Seeking to take advantage of the burgeoning Japan-America baseball connection, Los Angeles Dodgers first base coach Reggie Smith is continuing a series of clinics for amateur Japanese ballplayers. More than 100 players, most age 13 to 18, have attended 10-day sessions of the daily camp over the past year.
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July 16, 1997 | STEVE SPRINGER
Hitting coach Reggie Smith, suffering from pain and numbness in his neck and right arm, underwent surgery on his spine Tuesday at Centinela Hospital Medical Center. Smith, 51, will remain hospitalized for a few more days. He is expected to return to the club before the end of the season. * Infielder Juan Castro, who sprained his right knee June 4, is still not ready to play. But he has been sent down to triple-A Albuquerque in anticipation of a rehabilitation assignment.
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December 27, 1996
With the studied look of a physics professor, Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Bill Russell eyed Juan Rojas, 9, as he hit baseball after baseball into the dew-coated turf. Quietly stepping forward from beside the backstop, Russell whispered to Juan, who examined his hands as if seeing them for the very first time. At the next pitch, Juan kept the bat up as the Dodger manager had instructed and launched the ball into the depths of left field.
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December 27, 1996 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the studied look of a physics professor, Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Bill Russell eyed Juan Rojas, 9, as he hit baseball after baseball into the dew-coated turf. Quietly stepping forward from beside the backstop, Russell whispered to Juan, who then examined his hands as if seeing them for the very first time. At the next pitch, Juan kept the bat up as the Dodger manager had instructed and launched the ball into the depths of left field. Mighty Casey would have been proud. Juan sure was.
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December 31, 1995 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What is Reggie Smith doing standing on brown infield grass at the Northridge Little League complex on a crisp December morning? The Dodger hitting instructor is taking another in a number of small steps toward developing the most comprehensive baseball instructional program in the region. Baseball Development Center, Smith's brainchild, was launched this year with clinics, videotapes and the opening of a temporary indoor facility in Woodland Hills.
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November 28, 1987
Steve Garvey? Sure, take him back. And while we're at it, let's reinstate Lopes, Cey and Russell. Anybody seen Reggie Smith lately? I hear Sandy's arm looked good pitching batting practice last spring. Maybe we can bring Drysdale out of the booth every fourth day. I hear Pee Wee has been working out, and the Duke should be ready by April. SKIP USEN Santa Monica
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April 30, 1996 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
He was one of the most feared hitters in the game, appearing in seven All-Star games and four World Series, and batted at least .300 in seven seasons with 314 home runs. Yet, there's not a thing hitting coach Reggie Smith can do to bail the Dodgers out of their hitting slump, and the frustration is eating away at him. The Dodgers showed signs of life Monday night, but it's premature to say that all is fine. "I've been taking it home with me," Smith said.
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December 31, 1995 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What is Reggie Smith doing standing on brown infield grass at the Northridge Little League complex on a crisp December morning? The Dodger hitting instructor is taking another in a number of small steps toward developing the most comprehensive baseball instructional program in the region. Baseball Development Center, Smith's brainchild, was launched this year with clinics, videotapes and the opening of a temporary indoor facility in Woodland Hills.
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