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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Just in time for the weekend, Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez has a new post to his MLB Pro Blog!
Thursday was Carlos Martinez Day in Fairmont City, Illinois, as the Cardinals starter stopped by Granby Park to meet youngsters and work with them on baseball skills. The player nicknamed “Tsunami” wrote about the experience in his new MLB Pro Blog, The Wave of Perseverance — complete with photos and video of the event. He also explained why this type of work is so important to him, given his upbringing. Take a look, leave Carlos a comment, and make sure you’re Following his blog so you get notifications of new posts via email!
Got a question about the Mets? MLB.com beat reporter Anthony DiComo is taking inbox submissions on his blog, a good chance to get something answered by an insider. Also, reminder to post your own blog entries’ permalinks at our new http://MLB.com/blogs portal to drive traffic to your blog.
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Join me for #JerseyDay today and next Friday, and post a blog entry showing you rockin your own favorite jersey. Then please make sure to leave a comment at http://MLB.com/blogs with your Permalink so we can do the fashion police thing. – Mark
You have our permission to wear a Major League Baseball jersey to work or anywhere else today and next Friday. I’m going with my favorite team’s jersey at the MLB Advanced Media HQ in New York’s Chelsea Market, even though I’m a little ahead of the gun with the Cardinals look. Do you really need an excuse anyway?
This week I wrote an MLB.com story about #JerseyDay, which is happening today and next Friday. The occasion will be celebrated at 15 MLB ballparks today and then the other 15 ballparks next Friday.
I hope to see a lot of blog posts around here showing you in your baseball jersey. Please leave a comment here with your Permalink so we can track you down and naturally give it a little fashion-police love.
Special thanks to my awesome MLB.com colleague Josh Brown for the hookup. I’ve been collecting a lot more…
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Discover new blog posts by baseball fans like you as we start the week with the Monday Around the Horn post. We’re using RSS feeds based on interesting fan blogs we already know of, and checking team nickname tags at WordPress.com, for starters. One thing you can help with is leaving URLs of interesting baseball blogs, including your own, at http://MLB.com/blogs in the comments.
From the Corner of Edgar & Dave tells how Felix Hernandez had a Mother’s Day to remember, becoming the fourth-youngest pitcher in MLB history to reach 2,000 strikeouts and passing Randy Johnson for second place on the Mariners’ all-time wins leaderboard with 131. Naturally, King Felix dedicated the game to his mother and his wife. Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to reading more from Clarissa, who wrote about a recent visit to Safeco Field in her Clarissa’s World blog.
Michael Pineda made strikeout news of his own on Sunday with a dazzling 16-strikeout, 7-inning outing for the Yankees. The Cutoff Man discusses how pitch count ultimate denied Pineda a shot at Ron Guidry’s franchise single-game strikeout mark of 18.
Gillian felt compelled to share this striking photo of Clayton Kershaw delivery from high up in Dodger Stadium in her That’s G blog. Kershaw wasn’t at his typical best, but Dodger Insider explains how…
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