|Smith throws out the first pitch before NLCS Game 5 last season. (Getty Images)|
Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith is selling lots of hardware via auction, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. And I mean lots of hardware.
Smith is auctioning 13 Gold Gloves, 11 All-Star Game rings, the World Series rings he got for the 2006 and 2011 Cardinals championships and his Roberto Clemente and Lou Gehrig Awards, Crasnick reports.
There's no word if this relates to personal money woes for Smith, but Crasnick does report that this mass paraphernalia sale is for "estate and family planning." So it's possible it's just to help set up funding for posterity, and not Smith personally. No further details are available, but any sort of personal money woes would be relatively surprising.
Smith, 57, made just under $32 million ($31,650,000) in his playing career, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He retired after the 1996 season and has had various entrepreneur ventures -- like a restaurant and salad dressing -- since his playing days.
Smith was the Cardinals special instructor during this past spring training.