Around the Sphere
There’s no offseason in baseball. We say that a lot, but just look at the reported Alfonso Soriano news and we are reminded just how things have changed. There is no waiting for the next morning to talk over a water cooler about Hot Stove news or rumors. Everyone can be a columnist and post immediate reactions and perspectives. Even while the Cowboys were handing the Colts their first loss of the season, many people right here at MLBlogs were jumping into the fray, giving their take on the Cubs’ reported agreement with Soriano on an eight-year, club-record deal.
For instance, Rita at Hot Stove and Beyond was first in the MLBlogosphere to jump in with what it means from an Astros standpoint, triggering an immediate exchange of comments. Kellia blogged about the remaining question over the Cubs’ pitching. There was not just one but two quick reactions by MLBloggers who follow the Nationals club Soriano reportedly leaves behind. Beth the Yankees Chick was thankful that her Bombers are not the ones doling out the major bucks (so far). And the Recent Updated Weblogs just keep churning, as Crawly weighed in gleefully as the most active Cubs blogger around these parts. This reported development would mean a lot of dominoes will fall and fortunately this is an era when everyone can say what it means to them.
Having said all that, don’t be surprised to see some changes between now and the start of next season in the way MLB Advanced Media facilitates the capability of fan content. Nineteen months is an eternity in the growth of Web 2.0, with change happening fast. For example, in maintaining an ALDS, NLCS and World Series blog for MLB.com, I wanted to experience what more and more people have by uploading video I took around the ballparks . . . and I could see that uploading it to GooTube and then having to post that generated code on a Typepad app is not the ideal. Friends and neighborhood groups are a lot more important than they were 19 months ago, before "myspace" was a household word. Many things are being discussed right now, and your thoughts/wishes via email or comment here are always welcomed. In the meantime, keep growing your own audiences, and we’ll keep looking for ways to make the overall experience cooler than ever.
That’s the goal. What happened Sunday in the hours after the reported news about Soriano was just a perfect demonstration of how technology is enabling fans to be more empowered than ever.
On a separate note, I love the Idea of the Week in the Twins Ballpark Update — the blog of Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter. Especially that idea.
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