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Ah, the number eight in baseball. It’s Cal Ripken Jr., Pops Stargell, Gary Carter, Yaz, Joe Morgan, Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey. It’s the original eight franchises in each of the American and National Leagues. It’s an “8″ on your scorecard, a standard fly to center. It’s (19)08, the Year of the Cubs.
It’s the eighth birthday of this MLB.com Blogs community, which just happened Thursday. Feel free to wish us all well.
It seems like forever since I sat here at the MLB.com office on April 18, 2005, and helped Tommy Lasorda get his first entry saved. That post about his friend Jackie Robinson was our first ever, millions ago.
That same night, our great friend and MLB groundskeeping guru Murray Cook started his blog. Zack Hample started a few days later and his snagging adventures continued when he celebrated our birthday by snagging two home run balls Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
This community blog debuted as “MLBlogosphere” on May 5, 2005, a day after Brooks Robinson started a blog. I explained in the launch post that you could blog here for $4.95 a month (with a 30-day free trial) or $49.95 per year. My how things have changed. You have an incredible WordPress.com dashboard and support now, obviously at no cost, and unlike back then you can go to Settings->Sharing and enable all the social media outlets so any post can be shared and get more viewers.
Some things haven’t changed. It’s still the only place you can use official MLB marks and logos, and you’re covered under our umbrella if you want to use great Getty or AP photos. We still offer the largest gateway for any baseball blogger, as this community is linked from an MLB.com mothership with billions of page views, and we have 100 or so PRO bloggers including seven active players.
More and more are realizing that an MLB.com Blog is the perfect hub for all their social media. The more social outlets you have these days, the more you need one HQ, and you can easily add your Twitter, FB and other widgets here.
Please join me in welcoming Logan Morrison as the seventh one. He started on our birthday. And feel free to help his Project LoMo.
Leading into the Matt Harvey-Stephen Strasburg pitching matchup, Mitch Williams of MLB Network blogged about Harvey and said he is revising his National League Cy Young Award prediction — and going with the Mets’ rookie. Fascinating view worth reading.
The Yankee Dinosaur just celebrated a third birthday around Opening Day.
On June 6, White Sox VP of Communications Scott Reifert will celebrate the eighth birthday of his blog, Inside the White Sox. He paved the way for other sports executives who blog or tweet today. When he started in 2005, no one was doing this. And he does it regularly, so please join him!
We still have the slogan: “MLB.com Official Affiliate, Unofficial Opinions.” You always say what’s on your mind. We will always keep looking for ways to get your blog seen, like monthly MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders or our Meet the Bloggers video series (let me know here when you’re going to an MLB game), and I hope that relaunch of MLB.com/blogs happens this season.
New bloggers are joining you all the time. Astros Baseball jumped aboard in 2013.
Yes, that’s still me in the profile pic on this community blog. I decided to bag the familiar backwards white cap that’s been there ever since we started MLB.com Blogs all those many years ago. Hope you understand. And my thoughts are with everyone in the Boston area who has been through so much and has shown such strength. I look forward to running for Boston on Sunday.
Feel free to leave a birthday comment right here, y’all. And post about your own blog’s birthday. Happy Birthday to us all.
We’re into the final third of the season at MLB.com/blogs and the Trade Deadline has passed. Not surprisingly, the Trade Buzz behemoth rode that excitement to the overall top spot, as MLB.com’s team of beat writers kept us all up to date on the very latest on the trade front. Elsewhere in the MLB PRO Division, Camille Campins Adams, wife of Yankees prospect David Adams, jumps past Mitch Williams to make her Latest Leaders debut with My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife. While the Oakland A’s have blossomed this season, so has A’s Farm, which continues to climb the FAN rankings all the way now to sixth. July was a big month for Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo and also for Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat, who cleans up in the Beat Reporter standings. Congratulations to all who made the list, and remember to always leave your full URL with comments here and use TW/FB widgets to help grow your following.
Latest Leaders ranked by page views from July 1-31:
1. Trade Buzz
2. Better Off Red
3. SF Giants Photos
4. The USA Baseball 14U Blog
5. MLB.com Fantasy 411
6. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
7. Baseball Nerd
8. Curly W Live
9. Brandon and Brandon
10. Ben’s Biz Blog
11. Dodgers Photog Blog
12. John & Cait…Plus Nine
14. Alyson’s Footnotes
15. 45 Miles From Fenway
16. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
17. Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162
18. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
19. Around the Horn in KC
20. The Dash Board
21. Phillies Insider
22. The USA Baseball 17U Blog
23. The USA Baseball 15U National Team Blog
24. Express Tracks
25. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
26. White Shark
27. Rattler Radio
28. Cooperstown Chatter
29. Desde el Desierto
30. MLB Urban Youth Academy
31. Above the Plate
33. Our Game
34. Cubs Vine Line Blog
35. Inside the White Sox
36. The G-Blog
37. Clubhouse Confidential
38. Newberg Report
39. The Sprouting News
40. Inside the Jackson Generals
41. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
42. ‘Cats Corner
43. ‘Riders Insider Blog
44. The Futurists
45. It’s All Relative
46. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife
47. Roof Report
48. Bloomberg Sports
49. Wild Things
50. Canadians Clippings
1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. The AustralianBaseballDigest
4. The Brewer Nation
5. Red State Blue State
6. A’s Farm
7. Beisbol 007
8. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
9. Counting Baseballs
10. Born on Third
11. Rockpile Rant
12. The Ballpark Guide
14. Pinstripe Birthdays
15. Brewers Rumors
16. Phillies Phollowers
17. The Baseball Haven
18. Observing Baseball
19. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
20. Three Up, Three Down
21. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
22. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
23. The Unbiased MLB Fan
24. Cream City Cables
25. Rockin’ Redlegs
27. Minoring In Baseball
28. Fish Fry
30. This is a very simple game…
31. The Rays Rant
32. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
33. Royal Blues
34. All Things Pirates: Breaking down the Buccos
35. The Yankee Dinosaur
36. More Splash Hits
37. 9 Inning Know It All
38. Rox Addict
39. Ballparks on a Budget
40. Grab Some Bench!
41. If You Write It, They Will Come
42. 1992 And Counting
43. Dyna Mets
44. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
45. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
46. Battling Bucs
48. Phillies Red Pinstripes
49. Wrigley Regular
MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Bowman’s Blog
3. The Zo Zone
4. Mark My Word
5. Beck’s Blog
6. Postcards From Elysian Fields
7. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
8. Britt’s Bird Watch
9. Brownie Points
10. Bombers Beat
11. Brew Beat
12. Change for a Nickel
13. Tag’s Lines
14. North of the Border
15. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
16. The Fish Pond
17. Mariners Musings
18. Major League Bastian
19. Haft-Baked Ideas
20. Major Lee-ague
Reminder: Blogs only can be tracked for this list if they use an MLB theme. If you switch to a different WordPress.com theme for a day or two during that month, those page views will not be included for these purposes because they cannot be recorded by MLB.com.
Good news for everyone who maintains an MLB.com Blog: You can easily embed and share MLB.com and MLB Network videos in your posts now, as Jamie Ramsey and Marty Noble have done. Look for clips that say “EMBED” among the Share icons under the video, and then copy the code. In your WordPress dashboard text field, click the HTML tab and simply paste the code where you want.
Let’s say you want to post a Barry Larkin HOF video. Search our video for Barry Larkin and find http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20052845&c_id=mlb – then you see the grey “EMBED” button under the video, and just copy that html code. If you don’t see the “EMBED” button on one of our clips, it is not available for sharing yet.
I just went to our Video home on MLB.com and searched for “MLB Network.” Freddie Freeman is talking about his time with the Braves so far. Sounds like a good blog post for someone on MLB.com Blogs, sharing your own view on what it has been like watching him as a Brave so far. I’m embedding the video…easy stuff…here you go.
Text, videos, pics, polls, comments, awesome dashboard — lots of reasons why you need a blog in 2012 besides that Twitter and FB account. Use Twitter and FB to get people to your blog so they can see a nice-sized video player with MLB.com video, and add TW and FB widgets to your blog. It all works together…now with video.
As you may have read below, Bloomberg and MLB.com have entered into a partnership to launch two new state of the art analytic products, one for the professional teams, and one for fantasy sports and general interest. We delivered the professional product to the teams at the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis for a six-month trial, and the response was very strong. The consumer product designed for fantasy players and avid fans will launch in mid February.
Bloomberg will be hosting an invitation-only event in New York on Sunday, January 31, to give a sneak peek at the consumer product to key baseball media, to get feedback before it goes to market.
The meeting will take place on Sunday so that those interested in coming from out of town would be able to join, with enough time to take everyone through the product step by step. Food and drink will be served.
We would like you to join us for the event and get a preview of this fun, innovative, state-of-the art tool that will grow both the fantasy baseball market and overall interest in baseball. An outline of the product, as well as preliminary press reaction, can be seen at www.bloombergsports.com.
Seating for the event is limited, so if you would like to join us please respond for further details and credentialing.
Thanks for your time and interest, and we hope to see you on January 31.
Please RSVP to Joe Favorito at email@example.com.
We hope you are enjoying the off-season and all the Hot Stove talk that is starting to build during the winter meetings and beyond.
You may have heard recently about a new product for Fantasy Baseball that Bloomberg and MLB.com are readying for the 2010 baseball season…a product that takes player analysis to a new level, and will be a lot of fun for fantasy players. Here is the link to a story about the product in the New York Times.
The BLOOMBERG SPORTS(TM) team wants to be sure that you are aware of the product, as someone who is passionately involved in the coverage of baseball. We will be reaching out to you to sample the service and get your input before it is available to consumers. The feedback of those who follow the sport so closely is invaluable to Bloomberg in building the best tool ever for baseball fans.
We are organizing an invitation-only event in New York City in late January for a group of the most influential baseball writers who would like to learn about the development of the product and the technology behind it. We hope you will be able to join us for this event, where you will get a complete walk-through of the new service and a free subscription to these analytical tools.
We hope to see you in January, and we know you will be impressed by this one-of-a-kind product.