By George Castle
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
The announce- ment hardly came as a shock to Lee Arthur Smith when the Chicago Baseball Museum called the former Cubs closer with bad news a few minutes after the Jan. 18 Hall of Fame vote was announced.
"I think I’m just going to write it off," Smith said of falling short of induction in his 15th and final year of eligibility on the Baseball Writers Association of America balloting.
Now Smith is remanded to whatever latter-day name the old Veterans Committee takes. And that panel only meets every three years to consider the period group into which Smith’s qualifications will be remanded.
"Maybe if the veterans thing comes around, but I don’t think I’ll be paying too much attention," said a philosophical Smith.