Christopher Smith (Twitter: @SmittyOnMLB) came to The Eagle-Tribune in September 2009 after spending 22 months as a sportswriter for the Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau, Mo. where he covered mostly high school sports and won an Associated Press Sports Editors award in the 2009 APSE writing contest.
Smith earned first place in the Sports Story Daily Class 2 category of the 2010 New England Newspaper & Press Association Better Newspaper Contest and third place in the 2011 contest. His winning piece was a three-part series on concussions. He also was named CNHI 2010 Sports Writer of the Year for Division I.
Smith earned his master’s degree in newspaper, magazine and online journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He earned his bachelors in English at Merrimack College.
He has covered the Boston Red Sox for The Eagle-Tribune since 2010 and has written stories on Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, 2010 American League home run champion Jose Bautista, Yankees legendary closer Mariano Rivera, 2007 Cy Young award winner CC Sabathia and Washington phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
He had written several pieces on current and former Red Sox players, including David Ortiz, Jim Rice, Pedro Martinez, Clay Buchholz, Carl Crawford, Tim Wakefield, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Some of the players he has highlighted for his weekly Sunday Q&A are 2006 AL MVP Justin Morneau, 2010 AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez, 2011 AL MVP/Cy Young Justin Verlander, Red Sox All-Star third baseman Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox All-Star pitcher Jon Lester, 2008 Rookie of the Year Evan Longoria and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.
Smith blogs about the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball. He grew up watching the Red Sox and his first memory of the team is when he was 6 years old and watched Tony Pena catch for the 1990 Red Sox.