Latest Leaders 2009

UPDATED WITH LATEST LEADERS IDENTITY CONTEST AT BOTTOM!

Here are the Latest Leaders by page views across the MLBlogs Network, for 2009 to date. Will add more links shortly. Please be sure to comment on as many of these as you can, leaving your own blog’s full URL, as a great way to drive traffic to your own page.

FAN MLBLOGS

1. Red State Blue State
2. Confessions of a She-Fan
3. The ‘Burgh Blues
4. Julia’s Rants
5. All Baseball All The Time
6. FutureAngels.com
7. Prince of New York
8. Rockpile Rant
9. Rays Renegade
10. Cambios y Curvas
11. King of Cali
12. Yogi Brewer
13. Yawkey Way Yaker
14. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB
15. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG
16. King Yankees
17. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
18. Baseball’s Hottest Wives
19. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
20. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
21. The Rumor Mill – MLB Rumors
22. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
23. Unfinished Business
24. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
25. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
26. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS
27. Phillies Phollowers
28. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
29. Yankees Chick
30. Hardball
31. Love of The Game: Through 2 Different Pairs of Eyes
32. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
33. Diamondhacks
34. Cardinal Girl
35. The Brewer Nation
36. The 1 Constant…Baseball
37. Phillies Red Pinstripes
38. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
39. Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog
40. Statistician Magician

MLB PRO BLOGS

1. Hot Stove Blog
2. Bombers Beat
3. Inside the Dodgers
4. CastroTurf
5. *touch* ‘em all
6. Brownie Points
7. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
8. Postcards from Elysian Fields
9. MLB.com’s Fantasy 411
10. Around the Horn in KC
11. The Baseball Collector
12. The Pulse
13. kevin slowey’s (offseason) blog
14. Beck’s Blog
15. Newberg Report
16. MLBlogosphere lol
17. Inside the Giants Clubhouse
18. Phillies Insider
19. Tommy Lasorda’s World
20. MLB Urban Youth Academy
21. Red Sox Insider Blog
22. Major League Bastian
23. Ben’s Biz Blog
24. Inside the White Sox
25. MLB.com Organizational Report
26. got milb?
27. Dining with ‘Dre
28. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
29. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
30. Bally’s Blog
31. Twins Ballpark Update
32. Behind the Mask
33. Trade Talk
34. Yankee Stadium Memories
35. Siguiendo a los Mets
36. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
37. A ‘Braves’ New World
38. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD BLOG
39. A’s Thru Z
40. Shane Victorino’s Postseason Blog

AROUND THE SPHERE

Screech just took off again after posting. Thanks, Screech!

Thanks to everyone who has joined our Official MLBlogs Twitter so far!
We’re up to around 40 followers, and it’s a great new place to promote
your MLBlog and meet other MLBloggers. Go to
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are on Twitter. Leave your tweets and I encourage you to use
http://is.gd to shrink your MLBlog URLs when you mention them on
Twitter. Tell your friends: It is Major League Baseball’s first Twitter
foray.

Congrats to my friend and our baseball blogging colleague Alyssa Milano. I wanted to get it straight from the horse’s mouth after reading about it in Perez Hilton’s blog, and yes, she is engaged and “the happiest girl on the planet.” We are happy for her here.

Offseason welcome to MLB Throwdown, Nasty Nats Live Here, Girly Baseball Chick, I’m Not A Headline Guy, LC Braves Blog, The Best Sox Blog, A Diatribe from a Law Student, Dodger Talk, Confessions Of A Baseball Fan
and all of you who have joined the largest baseball blogging network.
Feel free to leave a comment here anytime briefly summarizing your
latest post with a full URL to bring more folks to your blog. If you
just started, introduce yourself here!

Mark DeRosa actually finished No. 12 overall in the above Latest Leaders, but since we’ve had to help pretty much disconnect that wildly popular MLBlog due to the small matter of him no longer being a Cub/blogger, we’ll just mention it here instead. Hopefully he will want to blog as an Indian.

Speaking of the Indians, pretty impressive showing by our MLB.com colleague Anthony Castrovince — fourth overall, and the team he covers for us is the Indians. Something tells me the DeRosa deal had something to do with the spike…but keep it up, AC.

Hope you have had a chance to check out Inside the Giants Clubhouse. It is written by Joan Ryan, generally regarded as one of the best writers in the Bay Area. I had the pleasure of working with her when I covered the Giants for the San Jose Mercury News and it’s cool to see her blogging regularly right here. That’s destined to be a high-traffic blog this season.

Also let me know if there is any further difficulty with getting into dashboards, leaving comments, etc. Have had a hiccup or two along the way over the holidays, it looks like. Special thanks to Hardball for showing patience while yours truly was on vacation.

Just added “p*s*ed off” to our profanity filter. We rarely ever deal with that filter given to us by our Six Apart partners, but will make changes as needed, and feel free to email if you see anything that seems obviously in need of attention there. All you need to know is that an 11-year-old made the Latest Leaders. We’ll keep it family-suited here without being overbearing about that. Apologies to the Cub fan who now has a title full of asterisks as a result, but we understand (I covered each of the last two NLDS sweeps, trust me) and we get the message without it being in the title.

So maybe you noticed that today we posted our annual report on how MLB.com’s resident Hall of Fame voters cast their ballots. I voted for three: Rickey, Big Mac and Lee Smith. I see that I have less and less company on the second of those votes, which surprised me quite a bit. I have to be honest with you. I read that article and each BBWAA voter’s reasoning, and I give big ups to my colleague and friend Marty Noble, who voted for just one guy. That is usually my modus operandi — it’s the elite of the elite — and I feel like he nailed it. Just Rickey. I still don’t believe Jim Rice’s plaque belongs on a wall near that of Ted Williams, and I think it’s disgusting if the Year 15 Sympathy Vote was the reason (it was).

Special request: If you know of any baseball hits that are mentioned in music lyrics or poetry verse or in non-baseball-book literature, can you please email the info to me at mlblogosphere@yahoo.com? Thanks. Also, always feel free to use that email account with questions/comments you would rather pose without public view.

I think the Reds are going to be a running machine and that Dusty’s guys will surprise some people in 2009. No, they have not replaced Adam Dunn’s offensive numbers. But at least five guys in the lineup are base-stealers. I look for the Runnin’ Reds to make noise this summer.

Glad to be back from vacation and looking forward to a huge 2009 for MLBlogs and Major League Baseball in general. Gearing up for the World Baseball Classic.

Latest Leaders Identity Contest

OK, here we go again. Your latest opportunity to try to out-hunt Rays Renegade to reveal the identity of all 12 MLBlogs featured in our latest 480 panel now promoted on MLBlogs.com and presented right here again:

In comments below, be the first to correctly list all 12 URLs, and be sure to state which direction the rows and columns are listed so we can follow you. The winner gets some extra publicity here at MLBlogs.

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45 Comments

Mark put up a top 100 list of the most popular blogs during the offseason. That would be so cool and awesome.

bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

Mark you should put up a top 100 list of the most popular blogs from the offseason that would be awesome.

Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

Thanks for the recognition! I really hope to gain steam in 09 and get on the top fan list in the next few months.

My blog “Confessions of A Baseball Fan” is really all about my rekindling of my interest and really love for baseball. If you are looking for a fresh look new look at baseball from an experienced, but not deep look I’m it. I write about everything baseball related from a curious fans perspective. In hopes to give a few laughs and dig up a few memories of good times related to baseball in the readers memory.

Confessions of A Baseball Fan
http://cobf.mlblogs.com

I agree. Jeter’s will be retired. Torre’s? Doubt it.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

#41! That’s great! Wow, this is heavy. I’d like to thank all of my loyal readers, my Mom, my Dad, my entire family, my girlfriend and my dogs, Ryne Sandberg, Lou Piniella, Fukudome, Milton Bradley, oh no, I’m not wrapping it up anytime soon, you can flash that light all you want. My agent, my manager, steroids, HGH, Scott Boras, Manny Ramirez, peanuts and cracker jack, all three strikes, no four including 1994, James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams and most of all Tom Hanks who taught me there is no crying in baseball. And he’s right. Not when you come in at number 41. Thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless us, everyone!

Ryan
Prose and Ivy
http://onedayatwrigleyac000000.mlblogs.com/

Hey everyone. Please get check out my blog and VOTE FOR PEDRO!
http://theburghblues.mlblogs.com

And of course it didn’t format like I wanted to. Start with Bally’s Blog, not mine! Hahaha! The things I do for my blog…
Jen
http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

Ha – good one, Jeff. Gotta love the Wiz.

Jimmy, no question about #2 but I don’t see Torre’s #6 as automatic. For one thing, that’s a pretty tough number to retire — hard to not have any single digits available to players, and requiring utmost Babe-like greatness. I can see both sides, and when there are two sides, that to me isn’t a lock for a retired jersey number. I’d say Jeter but not Torre.

Well then, my dedication would have to be no other than my childhood hero: Ozzie Smith, #1.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Hey, Mark …

Good to see you back at the MLBlogosphere … I hope you had a “great” vacation !!! … Thanks for the kind words regarding my dedications to my rankings on each new Leader’s List … And, “yes”, it will be awesome to move up the list to #3, which, of course, would be dedicated to the great Babe Ruth !!! … Making dedications to Yankee players in the single digits is very easy because all those numbers have been retired, except, only, #2 and #6, which will be retired in the future, and are reserved for Derek Jeter and Joe Torre !!! … So, thanks, again, for mentioning and promoting my mlblog !!! … Also, it looks like all this “dedication talk” has started something — a new movement of “dedications of the rankings” by other awesome mlbloggers here at mlblogs !!! … So, let’s all support: Kaybee at #23; Elizabeth at #19; Julia at #4; and, check out their dedications and great mlblogs !!! … And, also, your dedication, Mark … Great choice for #16, dedicated to Abraham Lincoln !!! … That’s the awesome thing about “numbers”, they truly mean so much, in baseball, and all areas of life !!! … Now, “Let The Games Begin”, calling for everybody here at mlblogs / mlb.com., to get involved, by dedicating their “ranking number” on the Leader’s Lists in honor of some special meaning the number has in their lives, or their favorite baseball teams, or players !!! … Best Wishes to everybody; Keep Blogging, Have Fun, and Think Spring !!! Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L” … http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

OK, I also will follow Jimmy and dedicate my #16 to ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Honest! I mean, our president-elect is taking Lincoln’s same route from Philly to DC for the inaugural and using Lincoln’s same bible in the swearing-in ceremony. GO 16

Check out http://twins.mlblogs.com — pitcher Glen Perkins is now blogging from the Twins’ Caravan, and a little birdie tells MLBlogosphere that once it’s over, he will join our ranks of player blogs this year. Twins continue to be bigtime bloggers.

Okay I’ll follow Jimmy and dedicate my #4 to Billy Conigliaro – brother of the Red Sox beloved Tony C! But I might need a new number Mark – the Red Sox retired #4 in 1984 in honor of Joe Cronin, a player – manager for the Red Sox from 1933-1945, the Red Sox manager from 1945-1947, the Red Sox General Manager from 1947-1959 and a finalist in 1999 to the Baseball All Century Baseball team.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Great post by my wonderful MLB.com colleague Lisa at http://gotmilb.mlblogs.com about the Latest Leaders!

Still waiting for a winner in our Latest Leaders Identity Contest!

Alright,
I like Jimmy and Kaybee’s idea about dedicating numbers. What can I say? They’re inspirational :)
#19 is dedicated to the great Fred Lynn, ‘nuf said.
Oh, and last time, I was number 23 which is half of 46 :D redsoxgirl46 :)
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Alright,
I like Jimmy and Kaybee’s idea about dedicating numbers. What can I say? They’re inspirational :)
#19 is dedicated to the great Fred Lynn, ‘nuf said.
Oh, and last time, I was number 23 which is half of 46 :D redsoxgirl46 :)
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

How about a simple GBBC for “girleybaseballchick” or an even shorter GBC. Or Sephora.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

#14 alright! Right next to Andre Eithier on the picture. Thanks Mark.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

pagevalnat – one issue is that you should always include your full URL wherever you comment, so that people can find you. The fact that you did not do that in your comment here is an example of a key missed opportunity for eyeballs! Please do that wherever you comment since you are your own marketer. Good job on the other inbound link!

girlybaseballchick – do we have to call you “girlybaseballchick” all year? even your own comments on your blog say “girlybaseballchick”. we are going to make up a name here, and i am sure others will support me on this. suggestions include Nefretiri, Memnet and Sephora — drawing from Egyptian pharaoh days for no particular reason.

Apparently I can’t spell I meant I’m not ON the list. I promise I can spell in my blog! Most of the time…

I’m not all the list! That’s so sad! j/k. Hopefully soon. I just blogged about the Yankees. I’m home sick so nothing better to do than to talk baseball!

Come to my blog if you don’t like what I type I am sure you will at least have a good laugh here and there.

http://girlybaseballchick.mlblogs.com/

OK, so I missed out on the top 40/whatever list. That’s cool; I’ve only been here a few weeks (but found out my MLBlog is now linked to another Nats blog…www.TheNatsBlog.com).
Hey, I’m getting noticed–even if it’s NOT here!!! LMAO

Ha – all-comers are eligible for this one!

Mark ,
sometimes I think I made an impression that day. lol

I am sitting this one out since I am at work and might get caught. But I hope they get it fast and get it right the first time ( not like me, I forget URLs )

There are so many new bloggers it is great to check out the new blood coming into MLBlogs this year.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Man, one of those you didn’t include is a gimme

Still among the top fan blogs at 37. Man, must be doing something right.
Stanley
http://philliesredpinstripes.mlblogs.com

Jane, Twitter is about the easiest thing you can join, so not much to lose. It’s so basic, not setting up a real page or anything. Anytime you save a post, I’d tweet it. Just another way to prompt others that you’ve posted, and a little more community for this place. We need to get the number of followers there up into triple figures…feel free to tell others to join the Official MLBlogs Twitter, too!

Kaybee has joined Jimmy’s jersey-honoring system, I see!

Jimmy, way to keep your own numeric tradition going! 17 is a good one. I may have to falsify the next Latest Leaders just so you are No. 3 so that you can do a Babe Ruth tribute. :) Serious, everyone get Jimmy up to No. 3 next time! and click http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com

Great way to start off the new year …

#17 ranking for my mlblog, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”, ["BY&L"], on the new Leader’s List !!! … And, as I have done on past Leader’s Lists, I will make a dedication in honor of this ranking … So, with that said, I dedicate my #17 ranking in honor of the Yankees Senior Baseball Adviser, Gene Michael, who wore #17 during his playing days with the New York Yankees … Michael has been a big part of the Yankees Oranization for about 40 years, in many different roles, especially, in evaluating players, helping to build up the Yankees during their Championship years in the 1990′s !!! … Thank you, to everyone who has visited my blog; and, also, “Congratulations” to everybody on both the “Fan” and “Pro” Leader’s Lists !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Wow. Julia told me I made it to #2!!!! Be afraid, Jeff and Allen. Be very afraid. I’m creeping up on you Red State Blue State boys. Thanks for jumping right in after your vacation, Mark, and filling us in on the rankings, the HOF announcements and everything else you do. As for Twitter, should I really do this? Someone tell me!!!!

She-Fan
http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Oooh, #23! That would be Adrian Gonzalez’s number! Pretty exciting! Thanks for read UNFINISHED BUSINESS!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Woohoo, Future Blogger of the Red Sox breaking the Top 20! Not too bad for an aspiring writer eh? ;) Thank you all for your visits and your kind words.
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Woohoo, Future Blogger of the Red Sox breaking the Top 20! Not too bad for an aspiring writer eh? ;) Thank you all for your visits and your kind words.
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

#30 isn’t bad but unless I’m #1 I’m not satisfied. Help me out guys. I’ll return the favor.
http://hardballblog.mlblogs.com/

Oh, yeah — thanks all for making me SWEET SIXTEEN! I think it was only because people were having problems with commenting/dashboard stuff…ha

The Pink-hat Red Sox loving lady made #4! Hey Mark – saw you made #16! Hope you had a great vacation and enjoyed your time with your boys! Thanks for all you do for us and thanks to everyone who has visited my blog. Don’t worry – the best is yet to come!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Jeff, thanks for the heads-up on that. I checked with I.T. and we discontinued the linking due to spamming issues. I do not know if/when that functionality will return, but I emphasized the need to get people to MLBlogs. RR, thanks for helping to grow the Twitter community.

Good company on this list. Glad to be here as always. Mark, any info on the MLB.com news feeds’ disconnect of URL links. Stopped allowing links in the commenting section despite your earlier encouragement to do so. Welcome back.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Wow, #3. That is awesome. Anything “Pirates” has not been ranked that high since the early 90s.
http://theburghblues.mlblogs.com

ROCKPILE RANT # 8! No way, a Rockies blog broke the top ten? Really, number 8? You see East and West coasters, there’s a lot of Rockies luv out there.
Guess I better start commenting more if I want to make number 1. Props go out to my regular readers. All this stuff right now is filler. Wait until spring training :)…D
http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/

Thanks Mark,

Hope your vacation through the snow belt was great. Thanks again to everyone who had read my little views and rants and who are following me on Twitter.

Back into single digits, I like the number 9. Thanks again for reading, and I will try to keep you coming back again daily.

Might have some news soon about the Rays and the Renegade working on the http://www.Raysmaniacs.com website together.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

28! It is the first time I’ve ever been on the list!

Bigpapi72, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

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