Hayner, Howard and Smith Get Call to Capital District Baseball Hall

Jim Howard (Albany Times Union photo)

Aug. 21, 2012

Siena alums Ken Hayner `82, Jim Howard '84 and Dave Smith `79 will be inducted into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame on October 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, N.Y. Tickets for the induction are $60 and can be purchased by called 518-877-5170.

Hayner batted .308 with 12 home runs and 74 RBI in his Siena career. He also stole 17 bases and scored 88 runs. Hayner went on to play in the Minor Leagues, including a stint with the Utica Blue Sox. He was inducted into the Siena Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991, and currently is the owner of the highly successful Hayner Baseball Academy.

Smith enjoyed a stellar career at Siena and was the first local player to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League. As a freshman in 1976, Smith hit .418 with a .500 on-base percentage. He hit .350 as a sophomore in 1977 and .315 as a junior, before being drafted. Smith went on to play in the Minor Leagues for the New York Mets organization, and currently serves as Vice President for Development and External Affairs at Siena. He was inducted into the Siena Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987.

Howard enjoyed a fine career at Siena in the early 1980's, but he's gone on to make his mark in professional baseball as a scout. In 2011, Howard was inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame. Howard has been a scout for the Baltimore Orioles organization since 1988, and has twice been named the Jim Russo (Baltimore Orioles) Scout of the Year Award (2004 and 2009).

The first induction class in 2011 saw Siena College legends Billy Harrell, Gary Holle, Mike Serbalik and longtime coach Tony Rossi inducted.