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MLB Third Base Coach on Amazing Race

Feb 16, 2010 – 1:00 PM
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The man who coached third base for the Philadelphia Phillies during their World Series run is in the hunt for another championship, one that would would be a bit more personally lucrative. Steve Smith coached third for the Phillies in 2008, but was dismissed by the team just a week after the team won the World Series. He will enter the 2010 season as the third base coach for the Cleveland Indians.

In the meantime, he can be seen competing with his daughter on CBS' long-running reality competition, The Amazing Race. The winner of the global competition takes home $1 million, which is quite the step up from the salary of a third base coach.

The first episode aired last Sunday night, when Smith and his daughter, Allie, finished fourth for the first leg of the race. There were 11 teams, and the team finishing last for the leg was eliminated.

Despite the fourth-place finish, this isn't to say the first episode went smoothly for the coach and his daughter.

During one challenge, the contestants were to carry paint supplies across the city of Valparaiso, Chile and paint the exterior of a select house. Smith and his daughter -- at his urging -- ended up walking inside a private home and painting an interior wall. Three men, who were apparently the Chilean homeowners, entered the room and appeared to be less than amused. One man even said, several times, to the camera (through subtitles) that he had no idea who they were or what they were doing.

All's well that ends well though, as the Smith duo finally completed the task and will move on to the next set of challenges.

Smith also played for seven seasons as a utility infielder in the minors and has been a manager in the minor leagues as well, even leading the Indianapolis Indians to a 2000 Triple-A championship.
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