The weather is heating up in ballparks around the country, and so’s the blogging here in our community. We’ve got insider access from front office blogs like Inside the White Sox and Friar Wire, great photography from the likes of Dodgers Photog Blog and Fenway Frames and players like Brandon and Brandon blogging alongside fans like you. There’s lots to discuss, from historic feats to trade talk to All-Star voting. Congratulations to everyone who made this month’s list — especially newcomers thatbaseballermlb and Life of a Baseball Snagger.
Here are your Latest Leaders from May 1-31:
1. Dodger Insider
2. MLB.com Fantasy 411
3. Inside the White Sox
4. Brandon and Brandon
5. Cait Covers the Bases
6. Dodgers Photog Blog
7. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
8. Friar Wire
9. The Halo Way
11. Major League Baseball Urban Youth…
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We just posted our monthly MLB.com/blogs Latest Leaders rankings so you can see the most popular posts around the Major League Baseball community of bloggers. Tip: Always leave a comment on the bottom of the Latest Leaders post with the full URL of your latest post, to drive others there. Then ask them to follow your blog (use the widget!) and keep following that formula. You’ll rise through the ranks. Spread the word…
The new season brings familiar faces like the powerhouse Dodger Insider excelling at what they do best, and exciting debuts from newcomers like Gordon Edes. Your Latest Leaders hit the ground running this season, putting up big blogging numbers in March. If you’ve contemplated starting a blog of your own, there’s no better time than April to join us and take the first step to joining these bloggers. Congrats to everyone who made the list!
Here are your Latest Leaders from March 1-31:
1. Dodger Insider
2. Cait Covers the Bases
3. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
5. Inside the White Sox
6. Friar Wire
7. Dodgers Photog Blog
8. MLB.com Fantasy 411
9. Cubs Vine Line Blog
10. Better Off Red
11. Brandon and Brandon
12. Our Game
13. The Halo Way
14. SF Giants Photos
15. Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy…
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Did you know longtime sportswriter and new Red Sox Historian Gordon Edes is now part of the MLB.com/blogs community? Follow his PRO blog at gordonedes.com.
Trades for Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett in the last 20 years have all led to World Series titles for the Red Sox, Martinez and Schilling winning in 2004, Beckett in 2007. Will the free-agent signing of David Price lead to another?
That’s one of the questions worth contemplating on a day that Price, signed to a seven-year, $217 million deal last winter, made his first start of the spring for the Red Sox Thursday afternoon against the Twins in JetBlue Park.
Dan Duquette made the deal with Montreal for Martinez. Theo Epstein acquired Schilling from Arizona, and Craig Shipley and the late Bill Lajoie did much of the work for Larry Lucchino that led to Beckett’s acquisition from the Florida Marlins.
Now it’s David Dombrowski, as Sox president of baseball operations, signing Price to the most lucrative deal in Sox history, one…
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Cait Covers the Bases is always one of the top two or three PRO Blogs in this community, and the blog’s faithful readers just got the official word: Hank the Ballpark Pup is still alive! I had my doubts as well based on the pics, but the proof is in and the controversy is over. No Uga 1 and Uga 2 thing happening here. Read Cait’s report and leave comments on the whole doggone thing — and follow brewers.mlblogs.com.
The Great Pumpkin is fake. Paul is dead, Elvis lives, and man never walked on the moon. Sometimes myths and conspiracies have no end, no hard proof to end the debate.
But not today.
Through the wonders of advanced technology and modern medicine, baseball and dog lovers around the world can now rest easy. There is only one Hank, The Ballpark Pup.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine William S. Rice of Lakeside Animal Hospital, who has cared for Hank since his arrival in Milwaukee in the spring of 2014, confirmed the identity of Hank in an examination yesterday. Dr. Rice compared original and current dental records, which were a match. In addition, a microchip implanted in Hank when he moved from Arizona was scanned yesterday, and identification number matched Hank’s registration in the database.
For a second opinion, another scan was performed this morning by Dr. Nancy Weiss, Wisconsin…
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The great Yogi Berra once said: “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” This one’s for all of our bloggers who love baseball. You’re the ones who are endlessly committed to your blogs, building large followings and keeping them coming back. And you’re the ones who made the list in our first MLB.com/blogs Latest Leaders of the new year, including a lot of new faces making your debuts. We’re counting down to pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training camps, preparing you for fantasy drafts and tracking the latest Hot Stove happenings, so if you’re considering starting a blog, there’s no better time than right now to join us. If you’ve recently taken the plunge here at MLB.com/blogs, make sure to introduce yourself and your URL here in the comments! And if you made our MLB.com/blogs Top 100 for 2015, make…
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MLB.com just posted the story on how its 15 eligible Hall of Fame voters filled out their ballots, and you can see mine among the list. I voted for five: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman and Mike Piazza.
The excitement of receiving a ballot that has a name like Junior Griffey’s on it is the especially fun part of being a Hall voter. That is the kind of player the Cooperstown gallery room was created for — next to Ruth, Cobb, Aaron and Mays. You know that player when his five-year countdown begins and your vote is unquestionable. That brings us to everyone else on the 2016 list, and the effort to determine whether any other candidates should share the stage with him.
Neither Bonds nor Clemens exactly sweeps the Rule No. 5 categories on voting criteria, yet they are top-four all-time by position and that trumps character shortcomings. Hoffman was the first to 600 saves in an era when hitters dominated, and Piazza’s election is just overdue.
Jeff Bagwell continues to be an agonizing decision, more agonizing each year due to statistical analysis and debate. I disagree with those who “cover the field” with 10 safety check marks each year, as the bottleneck has declined. I can see both sides to Bagwell, and being on the fence is not a Hall vote to me unless you are covering the field.
The 2016 Hall of Fame results will be announced at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday on MLB.com and MLB Network.
The Unbiased MLB Fan identified four names that would be on his ballot, while Sons of ’84 has eight — plus a ninth vote for a write-in. Darryl of 210Sports explains the rationale behind his would-be ballot, and The First 90 Feet sees a ballot so packed that some worthy names will need to wait. The Wayniac Nation views Ken Griffey, Jr. and Trevor Hoffman as no-brainers (and hopes Tim Raines will get in at last), and Baseball with Matt adds Billy Wagner to the list of deserving former stars in their first year of Hall eligibility. The Baseball Continuum looks at the recent decision by the Veterans Committee to not induct anyone, while Statis Pro 1978 Replay looks at Alan Trammell’s last hurrah and Yankeebiscuitfan argues for more closers in Cooperstown.
Who would you have chosen? Please add the URL of your own blog post about the Hall vote in the comments below so we can see everyone’s opinions. And as always, be sure to follow MLB.com/blogs to see daily surfacing of great posts around our community.
Happy New Year,
– Mark Newman
On the heels of the news that his 2015 season has come to an abrupt end because of a shoulder issue, Cardinals second-year phenom Carlos Martinez took the opportunity to send a message to fans through his The Wave of Perseverance MLB Pro Blog. In the post, Martinez says he’ll be in the dugout cheering on his teammates as they look to bring the franchise a 12th World Series championship. He also talks about his charitable initiative that is looking to get gloves to underprivileged kids in his hometown in the Dominican Republic.
The MLB.com/blogs Latest Leaders are back with the July edition. These are based on Unique Visits measured by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, and we may change the metrics from time to time at our discretion. (Remember that our data is unrelated to the traffic stats you see in your WordPress.com dashboard, which measures traffic differently.) And make sure to leave your URL here in the comments if you have a post you’re particularly proud of and want to share with the community.
Here are your Leaders from July 1-31:
1. Just Mets
2. Dodger Insider
3. Better Off Red
4. The Halo Way
5. MLB.com Fantasy 411
6. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
7. Dodgers Photog Blog
8. Brandon and Brandon
9. Cait Covers the Bases
10. Inside the White Sox
12. Our Game
13. Friar Wire
14. Curly W Live
15. SF Giants…
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Please join me in wishing a Happy 10th Blogaversary to Chicago White Sox SVP of Communications Scott Reifert and his landmark PRO Blog “Inside the White Sox” at http://whitesoxpride.mlblogs.com. His amazing run started in a World Championship season. See his anniversary post and leave him an anno comment…and join us at MLB.com/blogs! – Mark
Friday, June 5, 2015
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Astros. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.33) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Ryan (1-0, 3.00) for Detroit.
Last Night’s Highlights
Carlos Rodon delivered another quality start, giving up a lone run with a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings of work as the Sox fell to the Rangers, 2-1, in 11 innings (click on the link below) . Rodon allowed just five hits and walked three…Gordon Beckham, whose average is now at .283, drove in the Sox tally with a sac fly and Adam Eaton added a pair of base hits.
Quote of the Day
Robin, after last night’s game, on finishing the grueling road trip at 5-6:
“We wish we…
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We can’t all watch baseball in outer space, but we can watch it from just about everywhere here on the planet and then blog about it. Here’s today’s daily Discover post at http://MLB.com/blogs to help you go into the wild frontier of baseball blogging. Be sure to leave us your blog post URLs so we can send people your way. – Mark
We’ve been working with Terry Virts’ NASA team this season to get him MLB.TV full-game broadcasts, so that the commander of Expedition 43 aboard the International Space Station can watch his Astros and other MLB action while he exercises between space work. I interviewed him for a Q&A that was posted today on MLB.com. That’s what you call device-shifting! Take a look at his answers, be sure to follow @AstroTerry on Twitter and post a blog entry about how you watch live out-of-market games and how that fits into your blogging. If you haven’t signed up yet for MLB.TV, now is a good time because we just rolled our our new Web-based media player (Version 5.0) and lowered the price for June. Then leave us a comment below with a link to your post.
My MLB.com colleague Thomas Harding alerted me to this fascinating post from the Detroit Athletic Co. blog detailing…
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