Introducing our Spring 2012 selection of best baseball books to read as we open a new season. Be sure to follow the official MLB.com Baseball Books blog for all things baseball literature, and you are invited to be part of it as well. The blog was created not only for us at MLB.com to review our favorite baseball books, but also for fans to jump in and offer their own reviews.
Here’s how it hopefully works: If you have blogged a review of your own that isn’t already covered on the books blog, and you wish for us to include it, leave a comment here with a link to your post. We will try to highlight it, linking back to your full review. The goal is for this to be the best baseball-book outlet around.
NEW AT MLB.COM:
Tell us what you think of the new-look MLB.com homepage, and while you’re at it, jump into the fun we are having with our HBO friends since we did a mashup of “Game of Thrones” and MLB 2012 — two seasons set to begin. Like we said on the MLB.com Blogs front, take a look at the mashup video, and then in your own blog post tell everyone who is going to take the crown in Major League Baseball. Lots of people looking forward to both seasons.
GUESS WHO MITCH WILLIAMS LIKES IN A.L.
MLB.com columnist and MLB Network studio host Mitch Williams just blogged about his American League prediction for 2012, and you can click here and find out who he likes. Make sure you are blogging your own picks right along with him and leave him some comments!
Headsup on new PRO blogs to follow:
The Mariners and Athletics get us started in 2012 with the Japan Opening Series on Wednesday and Thursday, and now is a good time to dive into Ian Kay’s Far East Division and Oakland’s Athletics in Japan blogs with lots of behind-the-scenes posting. Also check out the Seattle front office’s From the Corner of Edgar & Dave and Bob Rose’s Clubhouse Confidential.
The Cleveland Indians front office announces the launch of Tribe Vibe. It will be chock-full of inside access straight from the people who run the show, and among the posts is an ASK THE INDIANS series that will feature spotlight Q&As with club personnel, such as their manager of Arizona operations.
Also wanted to give a shoutout to Scot Drucker, who blogs about his decision to hang up the spikes after a Minors career that included 2009-10 with the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate in Toledo. He has been on MLB.com Blogs the past two years and hope he’ll keep blogging.
Tell us about any cool new fan blogs you have seen…
This one’s for the dogs: Fenway the Dog is a dog’s eye view of the Red Sox. Written from the perspective of Fenway, the team’s official service dog in training, the blog aims to raise awareness of the amazing work done by these invaluable canine companions. And Dallas Latos, wife of Reds pitcher Mat Latos, posted about their dog, Balls. Leaving it at that.
One of my favorite posts of the year is when Spring becomes official and our good friend Murray Cook shares lawn-care tips with the rest of us. Murray, who has been a groundskeeping consultant to the Commissioner’s Office since 1989 and most recently has been ensuring that the Tokyo Dome is ready for MLB’s openers, is one of our original MLBloggers, as his forever-capitalized MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG was created just moments after Tommy Lasorda’s World got us started on April 18, 2005. Feel free to ask Murray questions and you also can follow him on Twitter @cookmurray.Mitch Williams writes on his MLB.com Blog Wild Things that the Orioles should follow the Rays’ model. See what the MLB Network studio analyst and MLB.com columnist has to say about Matt Wieters in this post, leave comments and share.
So, did you see where Ozzie Guillen has been living during Spring Training? He blogged some pics.
Want your blog promoted on MLB.com Blogs? Just say so with a blog post, use the “Jumbo MLBlogs” tag, and include a (good) 480×270 graphic in your post that we might be able to snatch for use as a Jumbo panel to feature it.
Contest alert from Erik at Counting Baseballs. And by the way, he is on a torrid page-view run and closing fast on Rays Renegade and Baseball Collector atop the FANS category of Latest Leaders. Can they hold him off? Will post the next Latest Leaders around April 1.
Speaking of Latest Leaders, one MLB.com beat writer is running away with the overall crown for most page views by any MLB.com blogger in March. Will see if you can guess what team she covers and then check back to see if she stayed in front.Will it be the Year of Kansas City? The All-Star Game is headed there in July, and a rising young team could surprise a lot of people, especially with Jonathan Sanchez on the hill. For a reminder of their young talent, take a look at the post on Around the Horn in KC. It’s a nice look at the Omaha ring ceremony for the 2011 Pacific Coast League title. Will winning rise up through the ranks? Anything can happen in today’s Major League Baseball.
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Do you know what Giants World is? Pretty cool. Find out on the club’s photo blog.
Nationals fans have to follow Curly W Live — took another step forward in Spring Training and will be even more must-follow starting Opening Day.
Welcome back to the Tigers. When you see what we mean, you will growl.
Want to see what a Japan Opening Series ticket looks like? Check it out.
New look on the MLB.com Fantasy 411 blog, check it out. Oh, and make sure to follow my colleagues Mike & Cory so you can dominate your league.
If you have FB, TW & Pinterest pages, then you have to have an MLB.com Blog as well. Your brain is big enough, and you can have your FB and TW streams on the side panel to encourage Likes and follows. Every time you post, set it so it becomes a blurb on your social pages. A blog is a key part of the overall arsenal…more than ever, in fact. That’s why so many Major League clubs start blogs year-round.
1. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
2. SF Giants Photos
3. Better Off Red
4. John & Cait…Plus Nine
5. Alyson’s Footnotes
6. Comerica Park, 48201
7. MLB.com Fantasy 411
8. Baseball Nerd – Keith Olbermann
9. Ben’s Biz Blog
10. The Byrd’s Nest – Marlon Byrd
11. MLB.com Hot Stove Blog
12. Dodgers Photog Blog
13. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
14. Phillies Insider
15. Around the Horn in KC
16. Curly W Live
17. Fantasy Freddie
19. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful – Jonathan Mayo
20. Tommy Lasorda’s World
21. Cubs Vine Line Blog
22. Inside the White Sox
23. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
24. 45 Miles From Fenway
26. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
27. Newberg Report
28. Our Game – John Thorn
29. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer – Matthew Leach
30. So I Married A Baseball Player…
31. Padre Knows Best
32. Clubhouse Confidential
33. Cooperstown Chatter
34. MLB Urban Youth Academy
35. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
36. The Mitchell Report & Livin’ La Vida Leo
37. Orioles Dream Week 2012
38. Bloomberg Sports
39. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
40. Rattler Radio
41. Above the Plate
42. Ozzie Speaks – Ozzie Guillen
43. Desde el Desierto
44. Justice4U – Richard Justice
45. ‘Riders Insider Blog
46. The Inside Pitch
47. Unlocking the Keys
48. Heard It From Hoard
49. ‘Cats Corner
50. Yard Work
MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
1. Bombers Beat (Yankees)
2. Muskat Ramblings (Cubs)
3. The Zo Zone (Phillies)
4. Britt’s Bird Watch (Orioles)
5. Bowman’s Blog (Braves)
6. By Gosh, It’s Langosch (Cardinals)
7. Beck’s Blog (Tigers)
8. Mark My Word (Reds)
9. Gonzo and ‘The Show’ (Angels)
10. Brew Beat (Brewers)
11. Postcards From Elysian Fields (Rangers)
12. Brownie Points (Red Sox)
13. Change for a Nickel (Pirates)
14. Mariners Musings
15. North of the Border (Blue Jays)
16. Major League Bastian (Indians)
17. Tag’s Lines (Astros)
18. Bollinger Beat (Twins)
19. Haft-Baked Ideas (Giants)
20. The Fish Pond (Marlins)
1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. Red State Blue State
5. Counting Baseballs
6. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
7. Beisbol 007
8. Rockpile Rant
10. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
11. The Brewer Nation
12. A’s Farm
14. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
15. The Unbiased MLB Fan
16. Pinstripe Birthdays
17. Phillies Phollowers
18. The Ballpark Guide
19. Brewers Rumors
20. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
22. The Pittsburgh Peas
23. The Rays Rant
24. Bleacher Boy
25. Observing Baseball
26. The Phillies Girl Tells All
27. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
29. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
30. If You Write It, They Will Come
31. Rockin’ Redlegs
32. Cream City Cables
33. The Baseball Haven
34. Evan’s Daily Opinion
35. Los bigleaguers
36. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
37. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
38. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
39. This is a very simple game…
40. The Phanatic Addict
41. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
42. Unfinished Business
43. Brewers Today
44. Minoring In Baseball
45. Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary
46. The Closer
47. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
48. Fish Fry
49. Collection of Baseball
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.