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The MLBlogs Top 100

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By popular request, we have compiled the first-ever MLBlogs Top 100
to show our 2008 traffic leaders in this community by page view. The
range is from our relaunch on Opening Day to date.
These are
separated as usual by templates, one for MLB PRO BLOGS (members of the
Major League Baseball family) and FAN MLBlogs. Congratulations to the
Top 100!

MLB PRO BLOGS

It’s no surprise
the top two MLBlogs are collaborative efforts, pooling the talents of
30 MLB.com writers for up-to-the-minute breaking news and rumors during
the two biggest periods of roster moves: the mid-season Trade Deadline and the offseason Hot Stove. Josh Rawitch’s Inside the Dodgers and Bryan Hoch’s Bombers Beat
were near the top on the strength of extremely active communities of
commenters, while Mark DeRosa takes the prize as the top-ranked player
blogger with his blog, The Pulse. As for October Gonzo, he finished 17th — respectably high for a newcomer who didn’t get much publicity. :)

1. Hot Stove Blog
2. Trade Talk
3. Inside the Dodgers
4. The Pulse
5. Bombers Beat
6. The Baseball Collector
7. Beck’s Blog
8. CastroTurf
9. MLB.com Organizational Report
10. Inside the White Sox
11. Shane Victorino’s Postseason Blog
12. *touch* ‘em all
13. Brownie Points
14. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
15. Postcards from Elysian Fields
16. Major League Bastian
17. October Gonzo
18. Dining with ‘Dre
19. Frenchy’s Forum
20. MLB.com’s Fantasy 411
21. Jacoby Ellsbury’s Postseason Blog
22. Newberg Report
23. Beat the Streak Report
24. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
25. The USA Baseball 16U Blog
26. MLB.com Geeking on the Draft
27. Tommy Lasorda’s World
28. MLBlogosphere
29. Phillies Insider
30. Rangers Farm Report: The Future is Here
31. Red Sox Insider Blog
32. Behind the Mask
33. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
34. Gameday
35. Around the Horn in KC
36. Carlos Pena’s Postseason Blog
37. Scorpion Tales: C.J. Wilson’s trek across the blogosphere
38. Official Home Run Derby Blog
39. Yankees in the AFL
40. Twins Ballpark Update
41. Yooooouuuuukkkkk
42. Ryan Braun’s Postseason Blog
43. Friar John’s Blog
44. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
45. Siguiendo a los Mets
46. MLB Urban Youth Academy
47. Yankee Stadium Memories
48. Mets in the AFL
49. Ben’s Biz Blog
50. Torii Hunter’s Postseason Blog
51. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD BLOG
52. Official All-Star Game Blog
53. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
54. Brian’s Baseball Blog from Beijing
55. Comerica Park, 48201
56. National Youth Baseball Championships
57. New York Minute
58. Brian Anderson’s Postseason Blog
59. Torre Stories
60. MLB.TV Mosaic Blog
61. A’s Thru Z
62. It’s a Kind of a Family. It’s a Kind of Insanity.
63. Liga Mexicana
64. The Kevin Slowey Blog
65. Official Final Vote Blog
66. Inside the Chiefs
67. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
68. Twins Confidential
69. 2008 Draft Prospect Blog
70. Wright Now
71. The Dog Ate Daron’s Homework
72. An Astros Minute
73. Red Sox in the AFL
74. The Dish
75. Mountain Dew Reds Crew Official Blog
76. Welcome to Third and King
77. Braves in the AFL
78. Ask Dave
79. Leading Off – Remembering John Marzano (1963-2008)
80. White Sox in the AFL
81. Rich Folkers is throwing up in the bullpen: Life on the beat
82. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
83. Take Me Out To The Blog Game
84. The Big Blue Blog
85. MLB.com/Entertainment
86. Dodgers in the AFL
87. A ‘Braves’ New World
88. Orioles in the AFL
89. Statues on Parade Marathon
90. got milb?
91. Royals in the AFL
92. Cardinals in the AFL
93. Giants in the AFL
94. Cubs in the AFL
95. Reds in the AFL
96. MLB Musings with Michael – Look Who I Just Interviewed!
97. YouthMajors.com
98. Academy Barons
99. Voices of The Game
100. Twins in the AFL

FAN MLBLOGS

In an election year, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see a politically tinged blog like Red State Blue State draw major traffic. Prince of New York
Paul Lebowitz continued to enjoy a big following with his in-depth
analysis, while another New Yorker, novelist Zoë Rice, is getting
plenty of attention for her baseball writing in Pick Me Up Some Mets. Despite coming on the scene in August, All Baseball All the Time closed very strong to finish fifth, while Big Pupi gets special mention as the only canine on the list of active Fan MLBlogs. Props to author Jane Heller for cracking the Top 10 despite joining the season late. Comment on any and all of these below, and you will automatically grow your own following.

1. Red State Blue State
2. Prince of New York
3. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
4. FutureAngels.com
5. All Baseball All The Time
6. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
7. Big Pupi- Baseball Dog Blogger
8. The Rumor Mill – MLB Rumors
9. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG
10. Confessions of a She-Fan
11. The Brewer Nation
12. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
13. The ‘Burgh Blues
14. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
15. Yogi Brewer
16. Phillies Phollowers
17. Yankees Chick
18. Bleeding Pinstripes
19. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS
20. Cambios y Curvas
21. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
22. Statistician Magician
23. Rays Renegade
24. Phillies Red Pinstripes
25. Angry Fan’s Baseball Fix
26. sittingstill
27. My Brewers
28. Red Sox Nation Daily
29. Red Sox Hen
30. Baseball Bats
31. Cardinal Girl
32. Hook, Line Drive, & Sinker
33. The Bullpen Baker
34. The Green and Gold Gal
35. Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
36. Who’s in Right Field? — My Brewers Blog
37. Crawly’s Cub Kingdom
38. Rachel’s Redbird Ramblings
39. 1060 West Addison: A Chicago Cubs Blog
40. District Boy
41. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
42. The 1 Constant…Baseball
43. Sports Propaganda
44. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
45. FANS ON THE FIELD.net (RED SOX & MLB)
46. Wrightoholics
47. Flair For The Dramatic
48. Rockpile Rant
49. Hardball
50. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB
51. The Closer
52. 4thebirds
53. Let’s Go Tribe: Looking to end the 60 year curse
54. For everything else, there’s Yankees Baseball.
55. DA BRONX BOMBERS
56. The Hot Corner
57. The Heirloom
58. Prose and Ivy
59. Chicago White Sox Fan Message Board… The White Sox Guy
60. (Transplanted) Nation – A Boston Red Sox Blog
61. 161 and River: Yankee News and Analysis From a Fan’s Perspective
62. Thurman Munson Should Be In The Hall Of Fame
63. Perfect Pitch
64. Ranger Trade Talk
65. Rising From the Ashes
66. The Good of the Game
67. Love of The Game: Through 2 Different Pairs of Eyes
68. The BILF Report
69. Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog
70. Down the Left Field Line: Life, Baseball & Eric Byrnes
71. Dodgers Blog
72. Barrel Man’s Brewings
73. Girls Don’t Know Anything About Baseball
74. Unfinished Business
75. Phightin’ Phils Phorum
76. Big League Hair
77. The Baseball Nut
78. Joe Fuller Red Sox Fantasy 08
79. Fantasy Lineups
80. Atlanta Bred
81. The 6-4-3
82. Johnny Archive in J.A.I.L.
83. Mo In The 9th
84. Cubs Nation- wasn’t our time.
85. Out of the (Field) Box
86. Ballpark Frank
87. 1961 Yankee Stadium Replica
88. Rays from across the Pond
89. Rays Archive
90. Dodger lyrics
91. Mets’ Main Man
92. Cubs Chatter
93. The Squad
94. Julia’s Rants
96. Heading Around First
97. New Mexican Yankee Fan
98. Dispatches from Red Sox Teen Nation
99. San Diego Wannabes
100. Hitless Wanderings in Texas

Note: Among Fan MLBlogs, “active” accounts were considered.

As we’ve done often with the weekly Latest Leaders, here is a little trivia contest. The first person (other than Rays Renegade lol) to post a comment here listing all 12 EXACT URLs in this illustration will get some extra promo love right here at the Msphere. Have at it:

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Why we blog about baseball

I was reading Andrew Sullivan’s post headlined “Why I Blog” and every now and then I guess it is good to ask yourself that. I am curious why you blog, especially why you blog about baseball. We launched MLBlogs in April 2005 with Tommy Lasorda’s debut post about his friend Jackie Robinson, and that’s how this area was born. (Thank you, Tommy — you are the true MLBlogs pioneer!) This past Opening Day, we made it a FREE community, and we had more than four times as many MLBlogs created this season than in the history of MLBlogs. There are a lot of people here who you don’t know, hopefully better ways to find them next season, and for now one great way is to leave a comment here telling us why you blog about baseball. If you want, post it as a blog entry and just link to it — or leave it as a comment with your full URL. Here is why I blog about baseball:

Because we needed a community blog.

I have so many blogs and user profiles it is ridiculous, but such is life. I have Shelfari for my love of reading books, I have Blogger for my marathon training (16 days to NYC Marathon!), I have Facebook for family/friends and LinkedIn for professional networking, I have MySpace because I think you have to coexist within a big part of society to know what’s up and be tuned in, I have Flickr and Shutterfly and Photobucket and more for pics, I have multiple YouTube accounts for videos such as my trip to Beijing to work the Olympics, I have lots more that I can’t even remember until they send me an annoying email reminder. I was on Match until I found Miss Right, and I was out in record time. I have a FloTrackr account for running also, and MapMyRun, Runners World. I have Playlist.com to keep my own tunes current for other profiles like MySpace. Tagged was the spam scumbag capital. At least once a day someone asks me to join something…there are many more.

Now I also have a new MLB.com profile. Have you created yours yet? If not, then what are you waiting for? It’s part of your MLB.com registration. Add me as a friend. I’m mlbmark. In the coming year it will be loaded with more and more social networking components so all MLB.com users can communicate easily with each other — assuming someone wants to be reachable. There’s also our brand-new MLB.com Fanbook app — the official Facebook app of Major League Baseball. Check it out. You probably need more profiles.  :)

I’m glad that this is your BASEBALL blog. So why DO you blog about baseball?

Jon Lester No-hitter Posts

We have aggregated a lot of the Red Sox Nation bloggers in the main mediawall panel at MLBlogs.com, and feel free to comment here with your Permalink or main MLBlog URL so that others can find it. Also remember to put “Jon Lester” and “no-hitter” in the tag field of a post like that, so that anyone who does a tag search for those terms might find you. Some Sox fans like Arielle already mentioned it in the previous post’s comments here so scan through. Congrats to Lester and it has been a steady stream of unique MLBlogger analysis in the Most Recent Activity feed on our MLBlogs main page all last night and all today. One day soon that no doubt will be wedded more closely in various ways to our main MLB.com coverage…kind of inevitable, no? You sure didn’t need a BBWAA pass or media credential and a Fenway seat to be able to immediately write about it and have a large audience. The world sure has changed from when I was at Indiana University journalism school and newspapers ruled. I don’t think I have read a print newspaper in this calendar year yet, with the possible exception of occasionally curiously looking at a NY Times Sunday Book Review section at a Starbucks or on the lobby floor of my apartment. . . . “MLB is on the cusp of a new era,” writes the Boston University journalism student in an interesting debut post at The Truth. Yes, that blogger went with the Yankees template. So, do you agree that Joba should be able to show whatever emotion he wants after a big out in the eighth? Leave your comments there and welcome a rookie. … In case you have not found it yet, welcome the new Beat the Streak Report maintained by our fantasy staff at MLB.com. Considering the massive number of people entered in that ongoing contest and the chance to win $1 million this year, it is a given that it will have a major audience. They are waiting to answer your questions/comments on that blog so take advantage of it! … If you go to Yankee Stadium, pick up a copy of the monthly Yankees Magazine. There’s a cover story about player blogs including all the great ones here at MLBlogs, like Bengie Molina, with quotes from yours truly. … Our friend Murray Cook, MLB’s head groundskeeping consultant and one the original MLBloggers who launched on the same day this whole area did, just blogged from China about the impact of the earthquake tragedy there. I’m headed there to cover the entire Summer Olympics and am curious myself what the mood will be after that disaster. … Speaking of Olympics, Tommy just addressed the U.S. Water Polo team. … Guess you noticed that Mark DeRosa chose a permanent title for his MLBlog: The Pulse. – Mark/MLB.com

Spheroid: Phillies Phollowers

By: Jennifer Zambri-Dickerson
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Why do you blog?
Because the little voices tell me to…OK, well really it all
started when I got tired of shouting all this stuff at the TV and decided to
write it down.  It’s all about channeling the energy into a
productive and happy place!  Well, I guess it is not always happy, but I
try.  My life essentially revolves around the Phillies during baseball
season — I plan literally EVERYTHING around the game schedule, the
special events, I plan trips to away games, etc. So I figured,
between all that, the thousands of photos I take of these guys every year, and
all my constant yapping about the team, I may as well add this blog to my
writing repertoire.

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What was your favorite post?
Well, although it covered a nasty Phillies loss, I am going to have to go with
Foul
Ball Homer + Sloppy Defense = One Ugly Loss
” because any post where I
get to talk about Chase Utley’s pants is just off-the-charts entertaining
to me!

Strangest blogging experience?
I guess the oddest thing would be finding out that fans of teams other than the
Phillies are actually reading my blog.  Even got comments from a few of
them.  That’s kind of fun, because those are true baseball
fans.  My Dad even reads it, and he as a general rule, hates sports. 
Can you imagine?  I swear I must be adopted.

What is your favorite blog, including at least one MLBlog?
Phillies Insider
on MLBlogs, written by Larry Shenk, who was the Phillies VP of Public Relations
since 1964, until going into semi-retirement just this year.  Very
informative blog and full of humor too, which suits his personality well. 
I also like “LadiesDotDotDot.wordpress.com
– which caters specifically to women and is some of the funniest and most
“out there” stuff I’ve ever read.  They pretty much say
whatever they want.

What would you be doing if you weren’t blogging?
In my “other” life, I am a school teacher and a freelance writer
and photographer.  I am almost never without a camera and cannot be pulled
away from watching baseball or photographing baseball.  In the offseason,
you can find me huddled up in a corner, chewing my nails, heart racing and
frantically rambling nonsense to myself in a vain attempt to remain calm until Spring Training begins.

Where do you think the blogosphere is going?
I think eventually, the blog will replace newspapers, just like CDs
replaced cassette tapes, which replaced vinyl albums before that.  I
can’t tell you the last time I looked for news in a paper.  I go
straight to the Internet.  Now, you do need to know where to look for
“reliable” sources and many “blogs” now are not really
that source.  They are more opinion then news.   But in the
future?  Can bloggers become the newspaper reporters of the past
Maybe…who knows?

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Favorite team and why?
The Phillies!  When I was eight, I was playing on a boys
tee-ball team and we were invited to a Phillies game to go out on the field and
shag some balls in front of the crowd.  I had seen Pete Rose on TV and
thought he was a really tough, really determined player…the kind of
player I wanted to be.  So I remember being disappointed that the coach
would not let me play first base that day, but I stopped there on my way out to
right field, stood on the base for a minute and looked around. I thought, ok,
this is what Pete Rose sees everyday…cool. Then, off to right field I went
where I listened to the crowd yell, “Oh my God, there is a little girl
out there!”, and various things of that nature. This was 1980 — not
a common sight back then. I was so nervous by the time the ball was hit to me,
with all those people yelling and staring, I thought for sure I’d drop
it. But, thankfully, I did ok.  One near embarrassment down, one to
go.

After that, we were escorted to the dugout to meet Dallas Green
and have our photo taken with him. He walked right over to me and started
making a big deal over me being the only girl and said I would get to stand
next to him for the photo. After that he teased me a bit, told me I was pretty
and then asked if I would marry him. And I will not forget this as long as I
live…I actually said to him that I did not think my Mom would let me.
Yes, I was a total dweeb. Not sure what I was thinking there. I was nervous and
it was the first thing that popped into my head. Duh! Of course, he laughed at
me and I was rightfully embarrassed. Silly girl.

Anyhow, I watched the Phillies faithfully after that and as we
all know, they won the World Series that year. I have met Dallas Green many
times since that day and have always been tempted to ask him if he’d
still like to marry me. Somehow, I think it wise to keep that to myself though.
I think there may be a statue of limitations on
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marriage proposals. Especially
when they involve 8-year-old girls.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Probably that I have a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science
and that I used to work at a zoo handling snakes, lizards and all kinds of
creatures.  That freaks most people out…at least the snake part
does.  Also, I play six different musical instruments. I minored in music
too, just in case I needed to charm one of the snakes back into its basket.

Happiness is…
The Phillies win the World Series; it inspires people everywhere to support
their “Go
Green
” campaign, thereby putting an end to Global Warming and saving
the environment, bringing LOVE and WORLD PEACE to us all!  Dream big, my
friends, dream big…

To be considered as a featured Spheroid, feel free to email us with your responses to those nine questions and be sure to put “Spheroid” in the subject line. Have fun blogging…

Adding the Lou Widget; Welcome to TWIB

Updated 4:50 p.m. ET on Wednesday

Warm MLBlogs welcome to the crew behind the scenes at This Week In Baseball, everyone’s favorite show dating back to the days of Mel Allen. They just launched Behind the TWIB Notes, and if you want to get a feel for it, go there and click on the link to listen to the classic TWIB theme. It’ll put you in a bigtime baseball mood! Leave comments for the crew, share memories of great TWIB highlights past, and be a regular on their blog.

I couldn’t resist adding the Lou Piniella Bobblehead widget to the top of this blog for a daily affirmation, and you might want to consider the same whether you are a Cubs fan or just a baseball nut like the rest of us. It is part of our ongoing Pepsi Clutch Performer of the Month voting campaign. So first of all, you should join the voting there and make yourself eligible for a free trip for two to the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis, and you can click “Get the Widget” on that index page if you want to go through each step. Shortcut

To place the widget like I did, click on “Grab” and then click on “Embed”. Copy that embed code and place it at the end of your Blog Description text field under your General Settings. For now, the Link Lists in our Movable Type software do not permit use of widgets as with the previous Typepad app, so that’s one place to position it. You also can simply place it within your text post, clicking on the Edit HTML icon on the far right side of your toolbar over the text field. Piniella will be there to give you a different “affirmation” each day. . . .

Welcome back to Mark DeRosa. The Cubs’ second baseman returned to blogging action over the weekend and has immediately become the No. 1 MLBlog by traffic, just inching past Inside the Dodgers. DeRosa said he will try to do this weekly, and he has invited fans to leave comments with a permanent suggestion for his blog’s title.

Welcome also to Brett Wallace. The Arizona State University standout is blogging from the perspective of a much-scouted prospect leading up to the June Draft. This is the first year we at MLBAM have offered this kind of regular perspective, added to our overall comprehensive Draft coverage at MLB.com.

MLBlogs Network Updates

Updated 12:40 a.m. ET Sunday

Condolences to surviving family and friends on the shocking loss of our MLB.com colleague John Marzano. He was one of the friendliest guys around. Vinny posted on the Leading Off blog and please feel free to add your comments with thoughts on Johnny Marz.

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MLBlogs Network Updates:

It’s just a workaround for now, but here is the solution for everyone who has asked why they cannot have paragraphs within their comments. Simply use two br tags between each paragraph, like this: <*br><*br> (without the asterisks)

Welcome to our latest Major League Baseball player who wanted to blog: Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur. He decided on “Frenchy’s Forum” and just posted his first entry. Please welcome him to MLBlogs! Welcome also to WildWilburD, whose blog begins: “Sitting at work on a slow afternoon…” Welcome to padfan, The “K” Man and moomba. New MLBlogs continue to be created around the clock in every template.

Beth at Yankees Chick gets credit for the best headline of the day at MLBlogs.

The issue with popup images should be cleared up now. Previously some users were experiencing blank popup windows after selecting that option at the Insert Pic stage of creating an entry, so that you could not click on a thumbnail and see the image at full resolution. Six Apart has installed a patch that has resolved this, but it will not fix previous cases where an asset (image) was uploaded and a blank popup appeared. You will need to re-insert any such images you want to position as popup windows.

Most of the Create Link problems have subsided, save for some edge cases such as that reported by Steve in my previous post’s comments. Thanks to those who have helped via email with your system info and status. Please feel free to report any ongoing issues here.

See my Call for Content in previous post as well, if you want an MLB.com byline. All you have to do is play a video game and tell everyone how fun it is.

Baseball. Bloggers. Everywhere.

Updated 11:18 a.m. ET Friday

Welcome to Digging In The Dirt. Welcome to Three Rivers, Five Titles, One Blog. Welcome to Zajack’s Column. Welcome to No Steroids Here. Welcome to The Bronx Bomb. Welcome to GoldGloveLuie. Welcome to 26 and Counting. Welcome to Mike Acker. Welcome to bleacherbum. Welcome to Brewing a Winner. Welcome to Mr. Mets Daily. Welcome to Meksquesttogotoagame. Welcome to playing like a girl. Welcome to Cardsfan18. Welcome to Smoke Signals. Welcome to the official MLBlog of the Houston Astros’ front office, where you will find out whether the roof will be open or closed for each game. Welcome, free-world bloggers! If you have a new blog, don’t be bashful, throw it in the comments here with your URL! Everyone leave a welcome comment for them!

You’ll find a lot more Minor League blogs around here, too. Lisa
Winston, part of our MLB.com crew, just launched her new MLBlog at got milb. Our MLB.com colleague Jonathan Mayo has rechristened his excellent MLBlog in the spirit of the relaunch. It’s now B3: Big, Bold and Beautiful. And Kevin Czerwinski
started one as well. So there are a lot of familiar bylines/voices
around MLB.com and MiLB.com giving you important insights into player
development, Draft prospects and things important to all organizations.

The Rangers are inviting their fans to congratulate Eric Nadel, on the 30th year of his broadcasting the club’s games. That’s a lot of baseball from the catbird’s seat, and we salute him here at MLBlogs as well. Personally, I used to cover the Dallas Mavericks (1986-90) for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and had a weekly NBA radio show on KRLD, and there were nights when Nolan Ryan was throwing and I would follow the action with Eric. If a no-hitter was alive through six, I would drive one mile away and jump into the park with everyone else. Just in case you saw Nolan make some more history.

There are a lot of fine pitcher blogs out there, from Curt Schilling to Pat Neshek to Phil Hughes to Kevin Slowey. But no Major League pitcher, probably no other athlete, throws better bloggage than Rangers reliever CJ Wilson. It’s like he invented what blogging should be like for pro athletes. No one else involved. Create a blog, post, live it, read the comments and interact. Can you imagine if Babe Ruth had a blog while he was on the road? Posting at stops along the train ride to Philly or St. Louis or Chicago? What if Babe had blogged about his Called Shot? Filter out the storytellers completely, just say it on your blog to the people. That’s CJ’s world, unchained. Neshek gets a close second by making his a cottage industry.

Let’s talk about great starts here at MLBlogs. As you probably surmise from watching the Most Recent Activity on the MLBlogs.com homepage, new blogs are being created continuously around the clock now that this place is free. And a good example of all the fans bringing their blogs here now can be found at Those Crazy Ol’ Blue Jays. Stanton X writes:


I started this blog a couple of weeks ago on a different site. But obviously I wanted a bit more exposure so I have moved all of my older entries into here. From now on I will be updating regularly on MLBlogs.com so thanks for checking it out. Feedback whether it be positive or negative is always welcomed.

Be sure to drop him a welcome comment and leave your URL so people can find you.

editar.jpgOur friend and longtime astrosdehouston.com blogger Rafael Rojas Cremonesi reports from Venezuela that the new Movable Type software is a friendly step forward for Spanish-language MLBloggers. “I love the fact you can set up your MLBlogs platform to have instructions and commands in Spanish,” Rafael emailed. “The whole interface for blogging, posting and whatnot can be set to be read in Spanish. So instead of seeing ‘post’, ‘create” or ‘edit’, you can see ‘crear’, ‘editar’, etc. There are certain menus that would not change its language, so maybe that could be checked out.” Will do and thanks, Rafael.

Rafael is still one of the Hardest Working Bloggers out there. He’s the only one who posts to an English-speaking MLBlog and a Spanish-speaking MLBlog. We have an ever-increasing number of MLB PRO BLOGS (that template for any blogs created within the MLB family of employees) that are in Spanish like Siempre Gigante or Siguiendo a los Mets, as you can see on that drop-down list on the MLBlogs.com homepage, and this will grow exponentially. Hopefully in Japanese soon as well. There are also lots of bloggers here who post to multiple sites, showing a lot of determination to build audience. That’s what it’s all about! When I woke up this morning, another new Blue Jays blogger was being promoted with a link to his MLBlog from the MLB.com homepage. Feel free to keep leaving your suggested 15-to-25-word (MAX!) excerpt here for consideration, and as you probably can tell we’re going to spread the wealth rather than “regulars.”

Dan/Steve/Zack/Beth et al: Thanks for the help in the comments on these updates. Nice when fellow bloggers are helping each other through the trials and tribulations of learning an entirely new software environment all around Opening Day. Please continue to post your questions/comments/gripes/whatever here as we continue to work on any relaunch bug issues as well as scheduled upgrades for the next phase of updates coming soon. They customized MT for you all and it works best if all of your feedback is continually added here so it can be incorporated into the Google Doc citing next needs.

Thanks also for your patience with me last weekend as I was Bernie Carbo-loading and then pounding pavement Sunday at the St. Louis Marathon and recovering Monday. It was a perfect day that took you toward the Arch at sunrise then past Busch and down around the A-B brewery then back up past the Purina plant, through Forest Park (and the outdoor Muni), Wash U, Clayton, Delmar’s killer hill, U-City and then eventually back toward the finish near Union Station. I know that this crowd would have wanted me to go from the finish line straight over to the simultaneous first pitch of Nationals vs. Cardinals a few blocks away to watch and blog, but my legs wanted nothing to do with that. Now my left Achilles tendon gets a vacation as I surf the Sphere.

Our friend Chris does a great job of updating one of the best Giants blogs.

So far so good on the comment moderation question of what happens when you break down the pay wall. Just checked and one person the past week reported an offensive comment (removed). Those flags are prominent after every comment you see on MLBlog. If you see something, say something, as they say around NYC. You are your own MLBlog’s moderator, but we try to help keep it like a ballpark atmosphere.

Is it just us, or does every Phillies blog ever created have the “ph” consonant as a play on words in the title? Is the Phillie Phanatic naming all of these? Would you guys have started up phacebook instead? (No sooner did we write this than Philsfirst came to the rescue with the letter “F”.) And memo to our new friend Jenn at Phillies Phollowers who commented on this post, we would consider that one except it will be too dated so think in terms of lightning-fast baseball schedules as yesterday’s history and someone will be reading that excerpt tomorrow morning.

Happy blogging for phree! More updates on the infrastructure as they come along…

The new MLBlogs Network (and why now)

Updated 12:11 p.m. ET Sunday:

Welcome to your new MLBlogs Network. For anyone just joining us, this is the community blog, and you will be able to find updates on network features and the people who blog here. For everyone else, *thanks* for your patience in our cutover from the first iteration. We at Major League Baseball Advanced Media are excited to start a new regular season with a new blogging environment just as we have relaunched MLB.com, team sites and more.

Some of the most common responses so far include: WHY NOW?#@$&*%@. You know, Bucky Dent spelling. Well, here’s why, for all of you who asked. Because WELCOME TO OUR WORLD. You want to be a baseball writer? Welcome to how this works. At MLB.com, we have relaunched one of the world’s biggest websites every year at Opening Day, and this year we decided to do it at the same time as 30 MLB team site relaunches. We spend the offseason working on it through all of the trades and signings and everything else. We roll out a brand-new look every year, a tradition, and we go a little crazy inside but we just know it’s ****-it-up time because it’s showtime. As a fan, with MLB.com or with your favorite team site, all you have to do is be a site visitor and enjoy everything without operating the publishing system and doing programming and sizing and posting images and multimedia and…you get the picture. With a blogging network such as this very one, YOU are the proprietor, too. You get to enjoy the relaunch joy and the Opening Day craziness that comes with it. That’s the best I can tell you, having been through relaunches every Opening Day week this decade and now seeing bloggers jump on board. It’s Opening Day or never.

We’re working through any bugs/known issues and want to be able to help you all as much as possible, and ask that you hang in there through Opening Day. Good to see that some of you are also helping each other, a big plus. Photos, or “assets”, will take some getting used to. So will Link Lists (formerly “Typelists”). I have turned off the default “approve comments” on this community blog so that you can immediately see your comments and have that exchange with each other in this community. It’s also important to note that this relaunch is just the start in a gradual series of feature rollouts for the overal MLB.com community, and some of what’s ahead this season is going to rock The Show.

Here are some details about our relaunch you will need to know, so here goes…

IT’S FREE!!! No more subscription. (Refund info below.) For the record, the last person in history to pay for an MLBlog was Yes The Cubs Wont Win. Just sayin’.

The old Typepad app we’ve used since the April 2005 launch of MLBlogs is now replaced by a robust Movable Type software app. You’ll like MT much better. It will take some getting used to, but you’re a blogger just like you are a baseball fan, and we have faith that you will find your way around and make yourself at home with the MT features. There will be tips/helpful info here, but you are a bunch of high-tech fans.

Templates: There is more variety of style, ranging from minimalist/clean to a more gaudy “Fan” template. There is also a “Retro” version with an old logo. You will also notice around the network that some blogs have an “MLB PRO BLOG” star shield on them. That is a template available for use by the MLB family, so you will know when someone from Major League baseball is blogging right alongside you. Like CJ Wilson, Tommy Lasorda, Scott Reifert, Joe Blanton, Youk, Steve Stewart, Matthew Leach, Josh Rawitch, the Phillies Ballgirls, Raymond, Big Pupi, etc. Yes, that’s right, we gave a dog one of those things. Big Pupi probably will want to change templates. The main thing is that there are a lot of templates and a lot of bloggers and we’re all in the same place and blogging for free.

Did we mention free yet?

This will be the first phase in gradual rollouts of cool enhancements to the overall MLB community. You’ll see a lot of things you’ve waited for, and there will be some other things you’d like and chances are they are on deck for coming days/weeks. We’ll be making a lot more noise about the new MLBlogs Network once that has happened.

There will be some glitches and bugs and headaches as with any other relaunch. We’ll be working with you on it. The more input the better, as we will make gradual refinements in subsequent updates to the software.

Going from pay-to-free is a good thing. It is the opposite of how it usually works on the Internet. Still, there may be some questions about refunding. There will be a link within your new MT to email our Customer Service, where someone will help you, and especially “Yes The Cubs Wont Win.” But here is what you need to know:

REFUNDS

  • Any annual subscription is nonrefundable if it was placed before 2008. Any annual subscription placed on or after Jan. 1, 2008, will be fully refunded by Customer Service.
  • Any Blog created in the month leading up to the relaunch would be fully refunded, whether monthly ($4.95) or annual ($49.95).
  • If you are owed a refund, then just email Customer Service here. (Do not ask me for it, because I am broke from buying lots of triple-shot Starbucks for our great partners who helped us relaunch this network.)

The MLBlogs.com landing page also has been redesigned. New features will include:

Most Recent posts — more listings than we had before;

Tag Cloud — tagging is going to be a huge part of the new MLBlogs Network. It’s also on the side panel of blogs. This feature is undergoing some last-minute tweaking, so pardon a little construction. Be sure to add tags to the bottom of every entry before you save it. That’s how most people are going to find their way around here going forward. If you are a Yankees fan, click the Yankees link in that cloud on the mlblogs.com homepage and you will get a results page of all MLBlogs entries with “Yankees” as a tag.

Featured Blog — in addition to frequently changing main panel on the mlblogs.com homepage, we will spotlight bloggers. This is not automated and we’ll try to keep rotating in as many people as we can.

Drop-down Indexes — For now, there is a drop-down list of the aforementioned blogs maintained by MLB personnel. Sometime in the next month, we plan to return the Browse by Team capability, so that blogs are indexed by club template choice. This has to be automated for it to happen, because going to free means there are going to be way more bloggers than we can keep up with for manual additions to that page. So bear with us on that, and don’t ask if you can be added to the MLBlogs Active Roster by team in the meantime. It’ll be back.

(Note: We just relaunched the MLB.com homepage, and as you know by now, MLBloggers are being highlighted EVERY DAY right there on a page visited by about 10 million fans a day. No baseball blogging network is found by baseball fans like MLBlogs.)

Help

There will be a customer support email link (as listed above) if you are at wit’s end. It’s Opening Day weekend and just expect some time for response on this end. You also can post comments here, and your fellow users may be able to reply swiftly in answer t
o your questions about functionality. There will be a lot to get used to, and we hope you will enjoy the new season and new blog network.

There also will be a link on MLBlog pages to report/flag any bloggers/commenters for abuse/spam. There will be a more sophisticated method for this in a subsequent phase, but in the meantime, feel free use that email link and we’ll monitor it. That is only for abuse/spam reporting.

Get ready for better, more fun templates…lots of tagging…preapproval of comments…lots of things you expect and some more excitement at the start of a Major League season.

Any constructive feedback (email preferred) about the new MLBlogs Network after the relaunch will be appreciated, added to any known issues. Thanks to everyone who has helped grow this community over the last three years, and here’s to a great season.

Hot dogs still cost you. So will the tickets, parking and stuff. But blogging is free.

Mark/MLB.com

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