People you meet on the way to Opening Day

Major League Baseball games are real starting a week from this weekend, and the MLB.com Blogs community is steamrolling toward its eighth birthday by featuring a lot of newcomers of note.

X-Country DriveathonJaye Maddon, wife of Rays manager Joe Maddon, is focused on two dashboards right now: One to drive across the country for a good cause and one to blog all about it. Join her and her dogs Winston and Athena on the Cross-Country Driveathon and leave lots of comments to keep them company on the way. You can donate a penny per mile to help Pet Pal while you’re at it.

Oakland A’s third baseman Eric Sogard just started blogging, and you’ll love his view: From behind his omnipresent Kaenon glasses. The posts are from Soge, but he will be writing in third person this season, so technically his eyewear is authoring this blog. Read his welcome post and join the commenters.

Imagine you have been drafted by the Cardinals and are making your way up the organizational ladder with your sights set on Busch Stadium somewhere in the near future? That is the path of pitcher Jordan Swagerty, a Redbirds’ 2010 First-Year Player Draft selection, and he just relaunched his MLB.com Blog, Walking with a Swagerty.

And get to know CardinalsFarm, a fan blog created in January and already up to 1,571 followers as of this post. They not only know all about Swagerty, but about everyone on their way to The Show in Redbird Nation.

The last time I saw Gregor Blanco in person, champagne was being dumped on his head and I had to pull him away from some celebrating with Pablo Sandoval to tape a Meet the Bloggers video. Good to see that the White Shark has returned to the MLBlogosphere. Join the Giants outfielder on his blog again for the ride.

While you’re at it, say hi to his teammates, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford. They have stayed busy at blogging, and we are proud to have them here amongst our own postings.

Don’t miss these posts

Mitch Williams: The MLB Network analyst and former closer just posted his World Baseball Classic entry. Comment him galore.

One Strike Away…Twice!: “Baseball is about accomplishment, setting goals and succeeding.” Get to know this Rangers fan blogger.

Curly W: Nats By The Numbers Bobblehead Trivia Challenge.

Tribevibe: Indians fan correspondent @ClevelandChick gives her top 5 observations from Spring Training in Goodyear.

Around the Horn in KC: Their PR dept blog just posted today on the start of Royals HOF balloting.

Clubhouse Confidential: A’s Director of Public Relations Bob Rose has been posting on the club’s Clubhouse Confidential blog since 2009, and he devotes his latest entry to “shining gems like Shane Peterson, Michael Choice and Addison Russell.”

John & Cait Plus Nine: What’s new at Miller Park?

Visit our PRO BLOGS roster anytime and see what else is new. That is always the most updated list of blogs with these themes, which are made available to members of the MLB Family. More player blogs are on the way, big-leaguers and prospects.

Please be sure to leave comments RIGHT HERE promoting your latest posts, and always include your full URL as an easy link. Do the same on other blogs around this community, and that’s a sure-fire way to be on our monthly MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders.

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2 Comments

If you’re done reading all the team previews this month check my 5 reasons to visit every ballpark. Spoiler alert they’re all amazing!

http://www.ballparksonabudget.mlblogs.com

I cannot wait to see the Reds and be back inside Great American Ball Park on Monday! Check out my blog – I will write all about Opening Day in Cincinnati at http://redscountry.com.

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