The Oakland A's announced on Tuesday that longtime minor league video coordinator Mark Smith passed away at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday. Smith was 41 years old.
A US Air Force veteran, Smith joined the A's organization eight years ago and helped to create the A's video department. A constant presence at the A's Arizona complex, Smith was beloved by those within the organization and around baseball for his positivity, creativity and baseball knowledge. In addition to his work with the A's, Smith mentored people interested in building careers in baseball front offices. He was a graduate of Tuskegee University with a degree in Aerospace Science and was currently working on a Master's of Science in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University's School of Professional Studies.
“The Oakland A’s suffered a tremendous loss today with the unexpected passing of Mark,” said Billy Beane, Oakland A’s executive vice president of baseball operations in a statement released by the team. “He was a valued member of our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Smith was beloved by everyone in the organization and played a big role in the lives of hundreds of players and coaches who came through the A's system. His presence will undoubtedly be deeply missed throughout the organization. Everyone at the OaklandClubhouse family sends our condolences and our love to Smith's family and friends and we thank him for always being a friendly face and a fascinating conversation around the batting cages. The A's Mesa complex won't ever be the same without him.