Just 22 days until Major League Baseball opens its season in Sydney, Australia, and today’s Opening Day Countdown Down Under blog is featuring CLAYTON KERSHAW at No. 22. That’s fitting, because we’re basically counting down the days to his first start of the season. Remember last year?
Originally posted on Opening Day Countdown Down Under:
Clayton Kershaw is now likely to make a fourth consecutive Opening Day start for the Dodgers on March 22, three days after his 26th birthday, against Arizona in the first game of Major League Baseball’s Opening Series in Sydney, Australia. That became highly probable when Zack Greinke left his exhibition start after four pitches Thursday with a mild right calf strain.
Make sure you read Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco’s new post about his move to the States and his comments on his native Venezuela. It’s a pretty powerful post.
Originally posted on White Shark:
The two big headlines for me since I last blogged:
We moved from Venezuela to Miami, and for the first time in 11 years I didn’t play winter ball.
My wife and I bought a house in Miami last year with the money we earned from the World Series. If you’ve been watching the news, Venezuela isn’t a very safe place to be. It hasn’t been a safe place for a long time. I was there from Dec. 20 to Jan. 10 – 20 days – and personally witnessed three robberies. Everybody has been the victim of at least one crime.
Please join me on the Opening Day Countdown Down Under blog here at MLB.com as I am posting a different Opening Day moment for 51 straight days on the way to Major League Baseball’s Opening Series March 22 in Sydney, Australia. Today is 32 Days away, so we are going with Sandy Koufax. Who should be 31? Follow the blog at openingday.mlblogs.com and leave comments! – Mark
Can you feel it yet, mate? I just launched our Opening Day Countdown Down Under blog at openingday.mlblogs.com and I hope you will come along for the ride as we count down the days to March 22 in Sydney! Each day’s number will correspond to a past or present player and his Opening Day moment. Leave suggestions in comments! – Mark
Originally posted on Opening Day Countdown Down Under:
When Ichiro Suzuki joined the Seattle Mariners after a career in Japan, there were questions about how well his game and his modest frame would translate in Major League Baseball. Well, Ichiro began answering those questions right away. In front of 45,911 Opening Day fans at Safeco Field on April 2, 2001, he made his debut and led off with a single up the middle in the seventh to start a comeback that would result in a 5-4 Seattle victory over Oakland.
Ichiro never stopped reaching base and drawing loud ovations, either. He finished that season with a rookie-record 242 hits, the most by any player since 1930. Take a look at the MLB.com video and there is one especially poignant scene now. He is greeted at first base by Jason Giambi, the first of so many of those first-base conversations Ichiro would have with players at that position. Fast-forward to 2014, and both stars are still in the game playing a role for American League contenders — Ichiro with the Yankees (as No. 31 now, because Bernie Williams was 51 in pinstripes) and Giambi with the Indians. 2014 MLB Schedule | Tickets
Can’t think of a better way to start the 2014 MLB season! Join the new Dodger Insider blog for great posts like these…and see why it is the runaway traffic leader in the MLB.com Blogs community in only its first month of existence. – Mark
I saw this on Freshly Pressed and thought it might pique the interest of all baseball bloggers here as well. Good food for thought on how we choose what to blog. Give it some thought and comment here! – Mark
Please welcome the first major addition to the MLB.com Blogs community in 2014: DODGERS INSIDER. Jon Weisman is part of a group from the Dodgers’ front office that has begun regular posting on the PRO blog, and it will be THE blog destination for the club’s fans. dodgerinsider.mlblogs.com
Greetings from Boston! Who do you like, Cardinals or Red Sox? What are the matchup edges in this rare matchup of best records by league? What are you looking forward to? It all starts Wednesday night on FOX.
This is the 18th one I’ve worked, and Joe Carter’s HR landing in front of me in ’93 probably ranks on top. How about your best WS memory, in person or broadcast? Please leave comments here with Permalink to your Fall Classic posts so we can promote.
Everyone please welcome a familiar baseball player to the MLB.com Blogs community — American Idol Scotty McCreery! He was here at our MLB.com HQ in NYC today and we got to talk ball again and it’s great to see how much he loves blogging about it, too. His intro post on the blog tells you his thoughts about having an MLB blog. Check it out and please leave him comments.
Originally posted on McCreery on the Majors:
First of all, to all my fans, I hope you’re digging See You Tonight. We’ve been working on this for over a year now, putting this thing together, so I’m glad it’s finally out there for people to hear other than myself and the truck. It’s fun and hopefully you’re enjoying it.
You know how much I like baseball, so it was a treat today to spend time at Major League Baseball Advanced Media’s headquarters inside of Chelsea Market in New York City. We recorded some songs off the new album, so keep an eye out at MLB.com for the videos in the days to come.
— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) October 17, 2013
Very please to welcome Red Sox reliever and 2013 Roberto Clemente Award nominee Craig Breslow to our community! Please stop by and welcome him with a comment and follow his blog at http://craigbreslow.mlblogs.com
Originally posted on Play It Forward:
I am a neophyte when it comes to blogging, but I’m a quick learner and I promise improvement. In this forum, I am determined to offer a unique perspective on the philanthropic ventures of professional athletes. Little happens on the field without documentation by 100 140-character snippets, 50 Facebook pages, 20 radio stations, 10 broadcasters, and 5 major networks. Off the field however, player notes are dominated by largely disparaging remarks. Many of my teammates share endeavors that shed light on important issues and causes, and their passions are neither unique to this team or this sport. Rather, benevolence is a common thread throughout all major professional sports, and there are some incredible stories to be told.
Enter Play It Forward.