“I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to play in front of family, friends, amazing fans and the entire Somerset Patriots staff,” said Smith. “Being from Piscataway just down the road, I can truly say there is no place like home.”
Smith first joined the Somerset Patriots in the second half of the 2012 season. He hit .263 with 46 hits, 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 47 games for the team to finish the season.
The Piscataway legend rejoined the team in 2013 and had his first of back-to-back All-Star seasons for the squad. Smith finished with a .269 batting average, 82 runs scored, 138 hits, 29 doubles, 20 home runs and a team-high 84 RBI in 133 games.
He was also the Atlantic League Player Of The Month for May when he hit .333 with 34 hits, nine doubles, seven home runs, and 27 RBI in 27 games played.
Smith was named the Atlantic League All-Star Game MVP when he won the tie-breaking home run derby to lead the Freedom Division squad to victory.
Smith returned for his final season playing professional baseball in 2014. He finished as the team leader with his .305 average, 149 hits, 37 doubles and 79 RBI in 133 games played. His 13 home runs that season tied for second on the team.
He completed his Somerset Patriots career with a .283 average, 182 runs scored, 333 hits, 75 doubles, 43 home runs and 193 RBI in 313 games played.
“Corey Smith was an exceptional athlete. He had power not matched by many. He hit balls as hard as I have ever seen,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “He was also very good with his hands and feet at third base. He moved well and had a cannon for an arm. Corey truly was the total package as he possessed all the physical tools. But he was also a true team leader with a burning passion to win. Corey was so much fun to be around and work alongside. He was a great baseball player, but he will always be a great friend.”
Smith was the 26th overall pick in the first round by the Cleveland Indians in the 2000 amateur draft out of Piscataway High School. He had prior service in the Indians, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kansas City Royals, and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations before joining the Somerset Patriots.
Voting took place online and over 5,000 fans casted their ballots for their favorite players at each position from January 3rd through April 15th. The Somerset Patriots All-Decade Team will be announced over the next few weeks.