Latest Leaders – Feb. 5-15

Just changed the profile pic here to reflect MLBloggers like this one in Mexico and this one in the UK and this one in Utah and this one in Canada — examples of how people are blogging about baseball all over the world.

Latest Leaders in the MLBlogs Network by page view, for the period from Feb. 5-15:

MLB PRO BLOGS

You will start to see a lot of change in this category as we have just rolled out 30 MLB.com beat writer MLBlogs over the past several days. Some of them are just getting up and running, and already we see Todd Zolecki’s Zo Zone (Phillies) jump to No. 11, with Mark Bowman (Braves) and Mark Sheldon (Reds) posting a quick 18 and 20, respectively. We’re enjoying the new Reds Internal Affairs by a Reds intern, who debuts at 38. Hot Stove was running 80 percent of all MLBlogs traffic during the offseason and was down to 37 percent in this latest ranking period, but that still dwarfs any MLBlog so it might be on top for a while. We don’t want to just shelve that blog; what do you suggest we do with it to keep it relevant, since the beat writers will stop posting to that now and maintain their own MLBlogs in-season?

1. Hot Stove Blog
2. Bombers Beat
3. Inside the Dodgers
4. Postcards from Elysian Fields
5. MLB.com Fantasy 411
6. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
7. CastroTurf
8. Around the Horn in KC
9. Brownie Points
10. Beck’s Blog
11. The Zo Zone
12. *touch* ‘em all (Alyssa Milano)
13. The Baseball Collector
14. Inside the Giants Clubhouse
15. Newberg Report
16. MLBlogosphere lol
17. Phillies Insider
18. Bowman’s Blog
19. Major League Bastian
20. Mark My Word
21. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
22. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
23. Muskat Ramblings
24. kevin slowey’s (offseason) blog
25. Dining with ‘Dre
26. Brew Beat
27. Inside the White Sox
28. Bally’s Blog (Collin Balester)
29. Tommy Lasorda’s World
30. Ben’s Biz Blog
31. Red Sox Insider Blog
32. Jim Street Vet Scribe
33. Perk’s Place (Glen Perkins)
34. Twins Confidential
35. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
36. Twins Ballpark Update
37. MLB Urban Youth Academy
38. Reds Internal Affairs
39. Comerica Park, 48201
40. MLB.com Organizational Report
41. Friar John’s Blog
42. got milb?
43. Royals in the AFL
44. Behind the Mask (Bengie Molina)
45. Being Ozzie Guillen
46. Haft-Baked Ideas
47. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
48. rallymonkeys
49. A ‘Braves’ New World
50. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD BLOG

FAN BLOGS

Jane Heller became the first fan blogger to crack the overall top 10 in the MLBlogs Network (9 overall, 1 in Fans), riding the high of her popular new book “Confessions of a She-Fan” — and Ben Platt’s book review that appeared on MLB.com, yankees.com and YESNetwork.com. FutureAngels went from a regular top-10 to completely off the list and then right back to No. 7, as players reported to camp. A Tigers fan has come out of nowhere to take the 9 spot with “the daily rant.” Look at Thomas coming in strong at 10 with his Baseball Cleats & Shoes money-maker MLBlog — and he also locked down 37 with Baseball Bats. There’s a recession-busting blogger! Elizabeth vaulted from 17th to 11th, and Jen of Phillies Phollowers from 24th to 13th. King of Cali zooms from 46 to 18, and Tom from Rocky Mountain Way jumps in at 19. Welcome to our friend Bern at 47 with This Fan’s Life — and best wishes on the job search (help her if you can). Baby Paul is bringing up the rear while being reared as a Rockies fan.

1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Julia’s Rants
3. Red State Blue State
4. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
5. Rockpile Rant
6. The 1 Constant…Baseball
7. FutureAngels.com
8. the daily rant
9. Rays Renegade
10. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
11. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
12. The ‘Burgh Blues
13. Phillies Phollowers
14. Ranger Rumors
15. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
16. Hitless Wanderings in Texas
17. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
18. King of Cali
19. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
20. A Diatribe from a Law Student: Baseball Edition
21. Statistician Magician
22. sittingstill
23. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG
24. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
25. 66ers Baby Blue Blog
26. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
27. Life and Indians Baseball through the
Eyes of a Clemson Girl
28. Yankees Chick
29. Unfinished Business
30. The Redbird Media
31. Mets’ Main Man
32. Flair For The Dramatic
33. Redbird Chatter
34. Cambios y Curvas
35. I Live for This
36. Yawkey Way Yaker
37. Baseball Bats
38. Plunking Gomez
39. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS
40. Bringing Diamond Back(s)
41. Perfect Pitch
42. Phillies Red Pinstripes
43. San Diego Wannabes
44. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
45. Displaced Tribe Fan
46. Red Sox Hen
47. This Fan’s Life
48. King Yankees
49. The Brewer Nation
50. Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog

What do many of the leaders have in common? They comment on other MLBlogs and always leave their full URL, growing the community while bringing people back to their great blogs. Also be sure to join us on our Official MLBlogs Twitter — and just follow us @mlblogs if you already are on Twitter. Post a tweet there whenever you blog and then use is.gd to shrink your URL for an easy plug for your post.

Speaking of Twitter, one of our MLBlogs members there is our longtime friend MC Hammer (1970s Oakland A’s batboy), who tweeted to say he is headed to Spring Training in AZ for some batting practice. Hammer says he is eager to rekindle his MLBlog so look for that to spring back to life soon and maybe even put a past chart-buster into the Latest Leaders.

43 Comments

I was really bummed out when I bought this service a couple years ago for my son who lives in Florida and I live in Orange County Ca. that we couldn’t ever watch a game as they get blacked out I guess because my card is billed in the same zip code. We wanted to watch the Angel. Even if I was out of my area I couldn’t watch unless I watched the progressive slots online other teams feed.I’ll watch on TV or If I get a free ticket I will go to a game but I will not give MLB any money or the vendors selling their high priced products.Pro Sports is a Rip Off!

Wow, number eleven!!! Thank you so much guys!! Check out my dedication and the intro paragraph to my research paper (about baseball!!).
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Wow, number eleven!!! Thank you so much guys!! Check out my dedication and the intro paragraph to my research paper (about baseball!!).
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

I was most impressed out of everything today by what A-Rod said to his teammates toward the end. Great moment for Yankees. This guy has to be a leader for them.

It is another “great” honor to rank #15 on the new “Leader’s List” !!! … Thanks to all who have visited by mlblog; and, “Congratulations” to all blogs on the “Fan” and “Pro” “Leader’s Lists” !!! … I have ranked #15 on a previous Leader’s List, and made a dedication at that time in honor of the great Yankees “Captain” Thurman Munson !!! ….. So, as I continue my tradition of dedicating my ranking number in honor of a special player or some other special meaning that number may have to me, I researched Yankee players who have worn #15 before the number was retired by the New York Yankees in honor of Thurman Munson after his tragic death in 1979 !!! … There were 12 other Yankee players who wore #15 before Munson; and, of all the players who wore #15 [including Munson] only one was enshrined into Baseball’s “Hall of Fame” [at some point in the near future I hope Thurman Munson will also be voted into the “Hall”] !!! … With that said, I dedicate my #15 ranking on the latest leader’s list in honor of one the greatest, and maybe the best, righthanded pitcher in New York Yankees history, #15, “Hall of Famer”, Red Ruffing !!! … Ruffing won 273 games in his career, pitching for the Red Sox and Yankees, with a (234-129) record as the Yankees “ace” in the 1930’s, including, four straight seasons of 20 or more wins [1936, ’37, ’38, ’39] !!! … He was part of “six” World Championship Yankee teams, with a record of (7-2) pitching in seven World Series with the Yanks !!! … Red Ruffing was also one of the greatest hitting pitchers in baseball history, with a career .269 batting average, that included hitting over .300 in eight seasons; and, also, blasting 36 lifetime homeruns !!! … Red Ruffing was truly one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, and it is a plaesure to dedicate my #15 ranking in his honor !!! … If anyone is interested, you can check-out my dedication post in honor of Red Ruffing on my mlblog !!! … Thanks, again, to all who have visited my blog; and, also, thanks to Mark, and everyone at mlblogs/mlb.com, for their continued efforts that make this baseball community so great !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] “BY&L” … http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

I’ve begun rolling out a series dedicated to the top 5 prospects in each organization. Come find out who they are :)

http://prospects.mlblogs.com/

Oh dran. I dropped a spot. That’s okay! :) I just want to be 24 so let’s work on that.
Melissa
http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

Hi, Mark –

Thanks for the welcome. Facebooker? Oh yeah. Blogger, too.

Hopefully I will make one of your lists sometime soon.

Jen
http://faithful.mlblogs.com

Hi, Mark –

Thanks for the welcome. Facebooker? Oh yeah. Blogger, too.

Hopefully I will make one of your lists sometime soon.

Jen
http://faithful.mlblogs.com

I’m number 48! 46–>16–>42–>48! I’ll try to go forward again!
http://bronx-awesome.mlblogs.com/
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
http://bronx-awesome.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/02/major_league_questions_for_200.html
Please read questions and respond!
King Yankees

And STILL, I’m not cracking the list. Hey, is it MY fault I only blog on occasion here?? LMAO
I keep telling everybody I’m NOT a pro. I’m just a fan. I just wish more people could FIND the damned thing and comment. (Which reminds me: I tried to leave something for Mets’ Main Man, but that stupid “You do not have permission…” crap kept cropping up. What IS the fricking problem??)
Oh, well. C’est la vie…

Congrats top bloggers :) Joined the MLBogosphere on Twitter, see you all there!
Sarah
http://alwaysthejake.mlblogs.com

So Mark – if the “cleat” blog isn’t in the network, how does it show up on the fan blogs? I now have had three people ask me questions about it on my blog {nice to know that they think I know more then you! ;-)} and I think they are correct – it doesn’t seem like “ads” should be ranked in with people who actually write their blogs.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

#32 while posting only twice that week.. pretty good.
Btw, loving the new profile pic Mark.. looks great.
– V [ http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com ]

Soon Mark you are going to need an assistant with all the busy work.

We do appreciate all the long hours and the tough decisions that come with being the Professor.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Sue: Because it was Sunday and I do this all manually and basically spare time. Will get em all linked. Congrats!

We’re doing a good job of being consistent. Yeah-bo!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Just wondering, Mark, why only the first 20 on the list appear as a link, but the rest are not? C’mon, make it easier for people to get to us! :-)
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Missy: http://is.gd is merely a site where you can compact a URL. Go there and paste one in and it will give you a compacted URL, which is good for Twitter, where you have a limit of 140 characters per tweet. Or use tinyurl.com.

Julia, the blog you mentioned is not in the network. We power it for YES. MLB PRO BLOG templates are available to members of the MLB family.

Wow, 11! That’s the highest I’ve been! This makes me so happy after a long week filled with chemistry woes, and the reality of a research paper. Of course I’m dedicating this to Billy Mueller! Dedication blog to come tomorrow maybe? I am going to beat that advertisement eventually lol!
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Wow, 11! That’s the highest I’ve been! This makes me so happy after a long week filled with chemistry woes, and the reality of a research paper. Of course I’m dedicating this to Billy Mueller! Dedication blog to come tomorrow maybe? I am going to beat that advertisement eventually lol!
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Where did I finish? Was I top 75 at least?
http://thewrightway.mlblogs.com/

Wow! Didn’t expect to crack the list after less than two weeks of existence. Thanks to all who’ve visited!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

keep up the great work everyone! hopefully I’ll make the top 10 someday. BTW: how do I use is.gd on twitter?

Missy (Twitter username: Rocktober2007)
http://rocktober-2007.mlblogs.com/

My dedication blog is up! Read about Red Sox #2 – John Piersall! I look forward to reading all your dedication blogs!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Awww back down to 20. Hey, at least I’m still here. Check out my dedication to Ron Karkovice! And thanks for keeping me in the Top 20!
Jen
http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

Thanks for the information and the updated list/ Also thanks for your comments on the Valentine’s Day entry.

Aaron
http://mlbtribefan.mlblogs.com

Mark – a good question was raised on my blog by a commenter – why are blogs that are basically “commercials” ranked in with the fan blogs? It seems like they should be excluded like the “pros” – ie: TheMaxBlog. Thanks!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Like it or not and post it or not, my exiled blog still gets 50-100 hits a day.
http://www.paullebowitz.com/

I will on that list with in 2 months.
Orangebird
The Only Orioles fan blogger
http://upin36011cc.mlblogs.com/

Slipped from the Top 10, but #12 isn’t bad. Keep visiting TBB!
http://theburghblues.mlblogs.com/

Thanks Mark! I guess I need to put a book out! Look for my dedication blog later today!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Keep up the good work guys, I’ll make it there eventually.

Cob
http://cobf.mlblogs.com

Thanks a million everyone for pushing me back into the Top 10 at number 9. This week has been filled with millions of thoughts running through all our heads with Spring Training report dates on our minds and in our hearts.

I have to dedicate this ranking to a great Rays player, who yesterday at the Rays Fan Fest made a lot of people’s day. Shawn Riggans might not be a household name, but he is to Rays fans. Everyone remembers when “Riggo” took a fast ball into his chest during the 2008 season and wanted to stay on base for the rest of the inning.

I call him the “Brad Pitt” of the minor leagues, because Riggans looks so young for his age, and you know the Rays ladies love the guy. But mostly he is picked for the extra effort in yesterday Fan Fest. After it was all over about 50 fand still were seeking his autograph and pictures and he stayed and made sure everyone got taken care of before leaving for the day. He remarked that it was “his job to promote the team in any way possible.” So with my number 9 ranking, I salute Riggans as a player and as a role model to players and fans.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Woo-hoo! I made the list! Thanks to all who read! Thanks, Mark for taking care of us! Congratulations, Jane…you’re the tops!
-Kathy
http://redbirdchatter.mlblogs.com

Hey, you’re entitled!

Thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to check out Confessions of a She-Fan…to Ben Platt for the great profile that introduced newcomers to my blog…and to Mark for engineering the coverage on the sister sites. (I know. I sound like I just won the Oscar or something. I almost thanked my agent and my mother.) Really looking forward to blogging during spring training and throughout the season!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Fourth again sweet!

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

This is unbelievable, I’ve been 16 for four straight rankings. OK, I’ve tipped my hat to the 16th president, to Joe Montana (49er version), to the NCAA’s Sweet 16. I am dedicating this week’s ranking to the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which hopefully will be seen on National Anthem flyovers at an MLB park near you soon.

Thanks for the mention Mark! I did always feel that #13 was a lucky number (Dan Marino!) :O) Congrats everyone for making the list! Peace, Love and Baseball,

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Great prospect blog and everyone should hit it.

Nowhere to go but up!

Come read about players you’ve probably have never heard of … and won’t see in the majors for a few years!

http://prospects.mlblogs.com/

Hammer isn’t the only one heading to AZ for Spring Training. The Rockpile Rant is doing it right this year. Constant updates, player pictures, video. Start checking the Rant daily for the BEST spring training coverage and pictures. Thanks for keeping the Rant in the Top 5.
Remember I’m the only one with the Mobile Blog Unit :)
http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/

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