1. Philadelphia Phillies' Keys to Success 2009

    In only three days, the Phillies will begin their quest a repeat as World Series Champions. The feat has been accomplished 14 times, and the Phillies are looking to be No. 15. But to do so, many players must step up, and many must continue to do well.

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about over 5 years ago 37 reads 6 comments

  2. One-Season Wonders Of Baseball

    In baseball, you never know what to expect. One day, you can be on top of the world, and the next day, you're announceing your retirement. Only a select few have had a consistently good career...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about over 5 years ago 383 reads 0 comments

  3. Kyle Kendirck Lagging Behind In Race For Phillies' Fifth Pitching Spot

    No, folks, the battle for the last spot in the Phillies rotation is not over. And yes, Kyle Kendrick is a long shot to make it. Going into spring training, there was four-way battle for the fifth spot in the Phillies rotation...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 122 reads 1 comments

  4. Philadelphia Phillies: MLB's Best Pitching Staff

    The Philadelphia Phillies are currently the World Series champions and deserve the title. But in only a short time, the Phillies will have to defend their title against 29 other teams...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 615 reads 9 comments

  5. Ryan Howard and Phillies Reach a $54 Million Deal

    The highly anticipated Ryan Howard arbitration meeting won't be happening anytime soon. Actually, it won't be happening at all. Finally, after a long wait, the Ryan Howard crisis has been solved...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 70 reads 6 comments

  6. The Case Against Fantasy Baseball

    Opening Day is two-and-a-half months away, yet people are already talking about fantasy baseball. I cannot wait for the season to commence, but right now, I'm still in football-mode, as I'm sure many of you are as well...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 67 reads 2 comments

  7. Titletown, USA: Dallas, Texas

    Dallas, Texas has had a sports team since 1960, when they received the Cowboys as an expansion team. It gained a hockey team in 1967 and a basketball team in 1980...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 236 reads 8 comments

  8. Titletown, USA: Competition of the Ages

    Titletown, USA is a title that was awarded to Valdosta, Georgia by ESPN. Valdosta is a great sports town, but what I couldn’t believe is how a city without a professional sports team won...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 104 reads 2 comments

  9. The Day I Met Billy Wagner

    I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was April 16, 2004, and it was one of the best days of my life. My dad had recently won four passes that would allow us to go onto the field at Citizens Bank Park and meet some of the players...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 190 reads 1 comments

  10. The True Meaning of Memorabilia

    Let's face it, we love the signatures of our favorite players. Kids always wait by the fences and fight others kids for autographs. I myself have only been lucky once...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 263 reads 1 comments

  11. Baseball's East Coast: The New Big East?

    There are many types of baseball clubs. There are aggressive teams, hopeless teams, and rebuilding teams. Aggressive teams are teams that are aiming for the playoffs, go big or go home. Hopeless teams are the teams that are just along for the ride...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 270 reads 1 comments

  12. 2009 National League Preview

    As spring training approaches, many questions are arising. Will the Phillies return as World Champions? Will the Mets' acquisitions pay off? Will the Cubs win the World Series after ...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 207 reads 4 comments

  13. Bans, Steriods, Asterisks: What Future Lies Ahead For the Baseball Hall of Fame?

    With the 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame induction coming up, you have sit back and wonder how baseball got this crazy. Seriously, just look at the ballot. Two players from the Mitchell Report are on the ballot...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 268 reads 10 comments

  14. The 10 Greatest Philadelphia Ballplayers of All Time

    Many teams have graced Philadelphia. Philadelphia is one of the greatest baseball towns, even though it is widely regarded as a football town...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 233 reads 8 comments

  15. Swinging for the Fences: Why Do We Love Home Runs?

    Hello, I am Schmitters and I am a home run addict. I can't believe I finally admitted it, and I know I'm not alone. I'm sure almost every baseball fan loves home runs. But the question is...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 147 reads 2 comments

  16. New York: A Disgrace To Baseball?

    Both the New York Yankees and Mets have been big spenders this off-season. The Yankees signed CC Sabathia to a seven-year deal worth $161 million. They signed Mark Teixeira to an eight-year deal worth $180 million...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about almost 6 years ago 377 reads 35 comments

  17. Chase Utley's Game 5 World Series Clutch Throw a TYIB Winner

    Derek Jeter's flip in the 2001 American League Division Series against the Athletics will always be remembered as one of the most heads-up plays in postseason history. But what Chase Utley did in Game 5 of the World Series is arguably right up there...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about 6 years ago 2,219 reads 4 comments

  18. Baseball and Music: The Best of Both Worlds

    If you’ve read my bio, then you would know that one of my hobbies is listening to classic rock music. I am going to exercise that hobby here. I am going to name the Jimi Hendrixes and Jimmy Pages of baseball...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about 6 years ago 72 reads 0 comments

  19. The 10 Greatest Baseball Songs

    Every sport has songs written about it. Sometimes writers write songs that have nothing to do with the sport, yet somehow seem to always be played at games. And sometimes, the song becomes a national success...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about 6 years ago 1,481 reads 2 comments

  20. Philadelphia Phillies 2009 Rotation To Include Jamie Moyer

    It looks as though the Phillies have accomplished their main goal for this off-season. Today, they finally re-signed Jamie Moyer to two-year deal after dragging it out for more than a month...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about 6 years ago 1,523 reads 0 comments

  21. Phillies-Mets: The Battle of the Ages

    The battle on BleacherReport.com is still raging. The most notable fighters are Travis (Mets) and Christian, Bryn, and myself (Phillies)...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about 6 years ago 97 reads 14 comments

  22. Mets Get K-Rod: Trouble For Phillies?

    The New York Mets signed Francisco Rodriguez to a three-year deal on Tuesday. That being said, the Mets have basically given up all hope on Billy Wagner. Wagner won't play next year anyway due to an injury...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about 6 years ago 138 reads 9 comments

  23. In A Pickle: Tricky Baseball Situations

    Managers have to make tough decisions all of the time. Should he take the starter in and bring in a reliever, or should he leave him in to finish the inning? Should play the infield in, or try ...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about 6 years ago 2,360 reads 1 comments

  24. Speed Demons: Baseball's Seven Fastest Men

    Speed is the biggest factor in baseball. It can change the complexion of the game. With a tie score in the bottom of the ninth and a man on first, a stolen base would make it so that a single would end the game...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about 6 years ago 1,199 reads 6 comments

  25. Smokey Joe Wood: What's with the Hype?

    Joe Wood was no doubt a great pitcher, but he's not in the Hall of Fame because technically he only had seven successful seasons in the majors...

    Ryan Smith Written by Ryan Smith about 6 years ago 141 reads 5 comments