Very proud to be one of 392 MLB.com staffers who took the #ALSIceBucketChallenge today at work and raised $39,200 to fight ALS, but more importantly I would like to thank Pete Frates for his courageous fight and all he has done to make sure people know about the same disease that took the life of Lou Gehrig about three-quarters of a century before.

Pete, you’re the man, and this is because of you.

Before & After

Before and After #ALSIceBucketChallenge at MLB.com

Above is the video of our participation today, coming one day after Commissioner-Elect Rob Manfred, Joe Torre and 165 MLB central-office staffers took the challenge in Midtown Manhattan (see my story here).

Our MLB Advanced Media crew (BAMMERS) are based at Chelsea Market. Our MLB Network and MLB Productions crew did the same in Secaucus. We did our Ice Bucket Challenge in ballpark-wave style. You can find plenty of pictures here.

It has been great to see so many #ALSIceBucketChallenge posts around the MLB.com/blogs community this past week or so, such as the Tribe’s or the Mets broadcasters or the Tigers. You don’t have to look far. It seems like all of us are doing it, typically on our Facebook posts. We’ve tried to aggregate and share some of our favorite ones on the MLB.com/blogs homepage, and I hope you will please leave a Permalink URL here with your own #ALSIceBucketChallenge posts.

Personally, I challenged a whole host of family after this morning’s cold bath on an NYC sidewalk, and that includes my English Bulldog King Bingley. Don’t worry, it won’t be cruelty to animals; he is all over it. Hey, this is what you look like after a decade of running MLB.com/blogs, what can I say:

And then after breaking dress code with “drenchable attire” in the morning, we changed back to our usual customary dress code of jeans and T-shirts, because that’s how we roll when making sites and posting stuff and so forth. Thanks, Pete!

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • Todd Zolecki discusses Dave Montgomery’s comments on Ruben Amaro Jr.’s job security.
  • TribeVibe posted photos and video of the Indians’ Ice Bucket Challenge to fight ALS.
  • The SNY broadcasters took the Ice Bucket Challenge and Anthony DiComo has the video.
  • Jack O’Connell explains at The Cutoff Man how a scoring decision changed historic hits.
  • Rays Radio documents Ben Zobrist’s Wednesday visit to All-Children’s Hospital in St. Pete.
  • Dodger Insider explores Carl Crawford’s dramatic hot-and-cold streakiness this season.
  • John & Cait share stories and images from Derek’s Day at Miller Park on Wednesday.
  • Curly W Live previews a feature on Anthony Rendon from the latest Nationals Magazine.
  • The Mariners hosted a PLAY event and From the Corner of Edgar & Dave has the details.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • Alden Gonzalez discusses Mike Scioscia’s decision to sit Josh Hamilton a second night.
  • Ian Browne writes about the Red Sox sending Jackie Bradley Jr. back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
  • Dodger Insider examines the difficulty of the remaining schedule and whether it matters.
  • Comerica Park, 48201 has video of several Tigers taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.
  • Twinsiders announced an Instagram photo contest for fans to win an autographed ball.
  • Greg Johns reports the Mariners are shuffling the rotation to pitch Hisashi Iwakuma in Boston.
  • Vine Line Blog has an article from the August issue on Anthony Rizzo’s improved hitting.
  • TribeVibe was there when Jason Kipnis surprised a local fan with tickets and a visit to BP.
  • John & Cait ask fans to bring school supplies to donate at Miller Park this weekend.
  • Friar Wire sees Yonder Alonso’s career at a crossroads after injuries clouded his future.
  • SF Giants Photos shares a gallery of images from Junior Giants Day at AT&T Park.

Latest Leaders – July 2014

Latest Leaders logoAs we enter the stretch run, MLB.com writers’ Trade Deadline blog rode the huge buzz around rumored and actual deadline deals to the overall top spot. Meanwhile, legendary baseball scribe Tracy Ringolsby’s Write ‘em Cowboy and the Astros’ Mission Control blogs made their Latest Leaders debuts as expected. In the fan blogs, Rays Renegade’s Tilted Cap continues to draw a huge audience. Want to join them? Take the first step by setting up your own MLB.com Blog, powered by WordPress.com.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from July 1-31:

With the All-Star Game in Minneapolis, Twinsiders and Twins Pics enjoyed big months…
1. Trade Buzz
2. Dodger Insider
3. Friar Wire
4. John & Cait…Plus Nine
5. Brandon and Brandon
6. Better Off Red
7. Dodgers Photog Blog
8. TribeVibe
9. MLB.com Fantasy 411
10. SF Giants Photos
11. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
12. Cubs Vine Line Blog
13. The Halo Way
14. OutsidePitchMLB LLC
15. Our Game
16. White Shark
17. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
18. Curly W Live
19. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
20. Inside the White Sox
21. Twinsiders
22. On Cloud Conine
23. Twins Pics
24. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
25. Speaking Baseball
26. Baseball Books
28. Around the Horn in KC
29. Phillies Insider
30. Clubhouse Confidential
31. Braves Give
32. Comerica Park, 48201
33. CastroTurf
34. Another Day In The Office
35. Astros Mission Control
36. Newberg Report
37. @Cafe Blog
39. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
41. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
42. Matt’s Bats
43. A Twinternal Perspective
44. Desde el Desierto
45. Rays Radio
46. El Tiburón Blanco
47. 1 Citizens Bank Way
48. TVA Jacques
49. Baseball with Matt
50. Write ‘em Cowboy

Ben’s Biz remains popular with its entertaining look around Minor League Baseball…
1. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
2. Ben’s Biz Blog
3. Callis’ Corner
4. The Dash Board
5. Rattler Radio
6. The Inside Pitch
7. Inside the Jackson Generals
8. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
9. Porcupines in Pinstripes
10. M-Braves Clubhouse Report
11. It’s All Relative
12. ‘Riders Insider Blog
13. Rollin’ with Rick
14. CurveBall Blog
15. Inside the San Jose Giants
16. ‘Cats Corner
17. Unlocking the Keys
18. Chirp Chatter
19. 45 Miles From Fenway
20. Hit Bull Win Blog
21. Salem Sox Talk
22. From The Press Box
23. Playing In Peoria
24. Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis
25. Intimidating Insight
26. Sound Bytes Blog
27. Knight Fever
28. From the Nest
29. Burlington Royals
30. Bill On Baseball
31. MiLB Snap Shots
32. Docking With the Ports
33. The G-Blog
34. The 2-2 Pitch
35. Red, White and the 3-0 Green Light
36. Hook, Line, and Sinker
37. Rich Burk’s Short Hops
38. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
39. Barons Beat
40. Brevard County Manatees
41. Staten Island Yankees
42. Inside the Chiefs
43. Maurer’s Musings
44. B-Mets Buzz with Tim Heiman
45. The Tune-Up Blog

Mets fan blog Pepper continues its climb up the rankings, reaching the Top 10…
1. Tilted Cap
2. The Baseball Collector
3. The AustralianBaseballDigest
4. The Brewer Nation
5. Dedicado al Baseball
6. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
7. The Baseball Haven
8. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
9. The Ballpark Guide
10. Pepper :a Mets Blog
11. Cove Chatter
12. Beisbol 007
13. The Unbiased MLB Fan
14. eltubeyero22
15. Fish Fry
16. Where Everyone’s a Giant
17. mlbblogger
18. Dodger Blue World
19. Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk
20. Born on Third
21. Minoring In Baseball
22. The Canuck Cubbie
23. Coco Crisp’s Afro
24. Bumgarner Snotrockets
25. Phillies Phollowers
26. Blue Jays Musings
27. Pinstripe Birthdays
28. Plouffe’s New Hairdo
29. 81 Giants for 93
30. Flashin’ Leather
31. 2014 Danbury Westerners
32. Gamer Babes from Half Moon Bay
33. baseballqueen
34. Los bigleaguers
35. Pinstripe State of Mind
36. The Baseball Sociologist
37. BrokeMets
38. The Yankee Dinosaur
39. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
40. More Splash Hits
41. The Angels’ Ace
42. Snake Bites
43. The Ballhawker
44. Rox Addict
45. The O.Co Show
46. Big Apple Baseball Blog
47. OllieNYankees
48. steel city ballhawk
49. Boston Ballhawk
50. Blind Baseball Perspective

Covering the pennant race from coast to coast…
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Mark My Word
3. Beck’s Blog
4. The Zo Zone
5. Bombers Beat
6. Britt’s Bird Watch
7. Bowman’s Blog
8. Mariners Musings
9. Postcards From Elysian Fields
10. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
11. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
12. Brew Beat
13. The Fish Pond
14. North of the Border
15. Tag’s Lines
16. Mets Cetera
17. Brownie Points
18. Major League Bastian
19. Change for a Nickel
20. Haft-Baked Ideas

Reminder: Blogs only can be tracked for this list if they use an MLB theme. If you switch to a different WordPress.com theme for a day or two during that month, those page views will not be included for these purposes because they cannot be recorded by MLB.com.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • MLB.com Fantasy 411 breaks down the fantasy impact of the Trade Deadline deals.
  • Former MLB scout Bernie Pleskoff shares his thoughts on the Trade Deadline activity.
  • Bryan Hoch dissects the anatomy of a rare trade between the Yankees and Red Sox.
  • Beat writer Jason Beck explains how the Tigers pulled off a stunning deadline deal.
  • Ian Browne recaps an eventful period before the Trade Deadline for GM Ben Cherington.
  • The Phillies stood pat on Deadline day and Todd Zolecki has quotes from Ruben Amaro.
  • Beat writer Jennifer Langosch wraps up a very lively couple of days for the Cardinals.
  • Dodger Insider previews the August edition of the magazine with cover boy Hyun-Jin Ryu.
  • 1 Citizens Bank Way offers five reasons you need to be at the ballpark for Alumni Weekend.
  • The teen blogger at Baseball with Matt breaks down some recent trades around baseball.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • At the Trade Deadline blog, Todd Zolecki says not to expect Cole Hamels to go anywhere.
  • Beat writer Joe Frisaro argues that the Marlins should consider bringing back Josh Beckett.
  • Dodger Insider shares video of Vin Scully discussing his return for a 66th season in 2015.
  • Vine Line Blog highlights Cubs catcher John Baker picking up the win as a relief pitcher.
  • Jennifer Langosch breaks down the Cardinals’ deal for starting pitcher Justin Masterson.
  • Better Off Red shows Ultimate Sports Doubleheader posters with the Reds and Bengals.
  • Friar Wire says Tyson Ross is having one of the best months ever by a Padres pitcher.
  • Twintern Adam Van Clay details a humorous email mistake that continues to haunt him.
  • SF Giants Photos posted a gallery of photos from Law Enforcement Night at AT&T Park.

MLB.com writers share favorite baseball books

Mark Newman:

47 of us MLB.com writers have just shared our favorite baseball book titles to help others with Summer Reading. Ball Four tops Moneyball, 8-6, to lead the list. See the extraordinary roundup on our official MLB.com Baseball Books Blog at http;//books.mlblogs.com and be sure to comment with YOUR favorites. – Mark

Originally posted on Baseball Books:

Time for some summer reading? You’re in luck. We invited our esteemed writing colleagues at MLB.com to suggest at least one favorite baseball book. Ball Four tops Moneyball, 8-6, for most mentions. David Halberstam has the most suggested works with three. Some titles will surprise you. These 47 folks write about baseball for a living, in some cases books as well, so take their advice and happy reading.

Jordan Bastian: Fifty-nine in ’84 By Edward Achorn.

Mike Bauman: Eight Men Out by Eliot Asinof.

Summer of '49Jason Beck: I read Summer of ’49 while in college, and for me it’s still the standard. Really good individual storytelling woven into the bigger context of a pennant race and its place in the larger culture.

Barry Bloom:The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella. Shoeless Joe was turned into a cliche by the movie “Field of Dreams.” Iowa stands on its own as…

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MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • The Astros launched their new Mission Control blog with a fitting introductory message.
  • Dodger Insider points out the Dodgers’ pitching is set up beautifully for the SF series.
  • Bryan Hoch writes that Yankees GM Brian Cashman is trying to upgrade the offense.
  • Beat writer Jason Beck asks what’s next for the Tigers before the July 31 Trade Deadline.
  • Todd Zolecki reports Jonathan Papelbon may end up staying in Philly and facing the boos.
  • Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo pays tribute to Jenrry Mejia’s victory dance in GIF format.
  • Our Game features Part 2 of John Thorn’s guide to Major League Baseball record keeping.
  • Photog Brace Hemmelgarn shares his photos from the All-Star Game over at Twins Pics.
  • John & Cait highlight the 2014 National PLAY Campaign’s recent stop at Miller Park.
  • Comic-Con is happening in San Diego and Friar Wire explains how Petco Park is part of it.
  • Twintern Cassie Kautzman recaps an exciting and crazy All-Star Week in Minneapolis.

Welcome to Astros Mission Control!

Mark Newman:

Very happy to announce that the Houston Astros have just “launched” MISSION CONTROL, their new club PRO blog. It’s maintained by Amanda Rykoff, a well-known force in social media, so i can guarantee this is going to be a popular and must-see addition to our MLB.com/blogs community. Check it out and be among the first to Follow it by entering your email in the right side panel. We have liftoff.

Originally posted on Astros Mission Control:

Howdy and welcome to Astros Mission Control! This is your friendly Astros social media manager, Amanda Rykoff, here to share some of the behind the scenes action at Minute Maid Park and on the road, the stories behind the tweets and anything else that seems worth posting about.

Like George Springer’s batting practice dancing:

Or Astros Dog Day highlights:

A well-dressed pooch on Astros Dog Day

Or a special pre-game visit with the Sunshine Kids:

Or the Monster Claw:

And of course the shenanigans of our beloved mascot, Orbit.

Altuve and Orbit rock the Astros shades

Altuve and Orbit rock the Astros shades

(Since we’re talking about Orbit, we have to include this famous dance-off as well):

We’ll have information about upcoming specials and promotions at Minute Maid Park, including giveaways and new food items. We’re also looking forward to sharing occasional guest posts from players, team executives and friends of the Astros.

Welcome aboard and prepare for liftoff!

- Amanda

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Cubs not ready to pay for Price

Mark Newman:

The No. 1 place for MLB Trade Deadline talk is http://mlb.mlblogs.com — updated around the clock by our 30 beat reporters (the ONLY network of 30 traveling beat reporters, by the way) and editors. See why this blog ranked No. 1 overall in page views for 2013 in the MLB.com Blogs community. And start your own blog here, too, since MLB.com is the gateway to everyone’s traffic.

Originally posted on Trade Buzz:

At the All-Star Game, Tampa’s David Price said Chicago “would be the coolest city to win a championship in right now.” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer feel the same way, which is what enticed them to join the Cubs.

On Monday, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal wrote that the Cubs should pursue Price and deal some of the team’s top prospects for the pitcher. The Cubs do need starting pitching, but they are not contenders this year, and most likely not in 2015 either. How does Hoyer feel about the rumors?

“I don’t really pay attention,” Hoyer said Monday in a radio interview on The Game 87.7. “There are going to be a lot of rumors about our players and our acquiring good players because of the good talent we have in the Minors. I think we’ll be lumped into the rumors. We just sort…

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