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Welcome to a couple of familiar television friends here at MLBlogs. Tonight we just launched the MLB Network‘s MLBlog. Content will be posted by the talent you know and love at the Network’s awesome Studio 3 and Studio 42 worlds for the “MLB Tonight” show. It will be a natural companion to your regular viewing of the network that blew away the record for largest launch in cable television history. If you love MLB Network, you’ll love their blog. Talk to them!

That launch follows the recent startup of the TBS Hot Corner MLBlog, and the same thing applies there. Good chance that you already are enjoying the insights of studio talent such as Chip Caray and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley. Keep an eye on that blog throughout the TBS coverage this postseason, and interact with the broadcasters.

Thanks to everyone who voted for us in the OMMA Awards. Headed there shortly, let’s see if we bring you back any hardware. Speaking of hardware, be sure you are voting for awards like the Hank Aaron Award and Roberto Clemente Award on MLB.com. Besides doing your duty as a baseball fan, it’s a way to win one of those World Series trips. Someone at MLB.com is going to win them, might as well be a fan like you!

Sorry for the slow posting here, have been busy being @MLB over on Twitter. Thanks to all of you who have followed us there! We are almost at 500,000 followers, and that means it’s time for a 500K Giveaway over there. It will be a big one, too. Join us! Also keep an eye out for our new Twitter MLBlog here, an extension of @MLB.

As you’ve no doubt noticed, we’re doing the Latest Leaders at about the start of every month now. It’s easier that way, and just give or take a few days in case it’s not on the first. Whether we will do that in the offseason remains to be seen. Definitely will come back with our second annual MLBlogs Top 100, though. Whenever you see one of those graphics around the MLBlogosphere, you know that person’s blog was one of the 100 most viewed in the 2008 calendar year. We gave those out at the end of 2008.

Thanks again for all the great blogging this season! Keep it up! It’s crunchtime…and clinch time!

- Mark/MLB.com

MLB Network Launch Liveblog

http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090101&content_id=3731108&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

I have been liveblogging the historic launch of our MLB Network all day and night, so join us there and add some comments with your full URLs, like others did.

You might want to do the same, and if you are, please leave your full URL in comments here and on the liveblog itself. I first reported there that Bud Selig was going to deliver the historic “first pitch” and it has been everything I was hoping for and more. Having a blast watching the Don Larsen perfect game, and especially the Gillette commercials!

Mickey Mantle rocks! And I want that “fact-filled baseball encyclopedia absolutely free!”

What a day! Lots of great bowl games, but USC-Penn State is a dud so not really even going back and forth. Focused on Larsen. Cool to see Jackie playing third. You will probably be up in arms by the location of the final “strike” that sealed the perfecto. It’s an incredible event, some really cool new stuff here in the national pastime.

Back to my MLB.com stories. Happy New Year!

- Mark

Stop trading MLBloggers!

OK, just having a little headline fun there. We just lost our top 2008 player blogger now that Mark DeRosa has been shipped from the Cubs to the Indians. With any luck, he will want to still blog while with the Tribe, but as we have seen with cases such as Joe Blanton, it rarely works out that way. Just in case, rest assured that we are putting in a word with AC, our popular MLB.com Indians correspondent who blogs at CastroTurf. Mark was phenomenal as a Cubs MLBlogger. He maintained the MLBlog jointly through postseason with our excellent and longtime MLB.com Cubs correspondent, Carrie Muskat, and I can attest for how conscientious he was in wanting to be frequent and compelling. All of his posts are now marked as unpublished and it’s an Indians template…just in case.   :)  Life moves on…

Brian Fuentes was not an MLBlogger. But we are sure that a lot of MLBloggers are going to have something to say about him replacing K-Rod as the Angels’ new closer. Just announced.

We are gradually building the list of followers at our new Official MLBlogs Twitter! Seen it yet? It is the latest way to be a key part of this MLBlogs community, and to promote yourself. Go to http://www.twitter.com/mlblogs and you can find it. If you already are on Twitter, just follow @mlblogs — and if you aren’t, then it’s (real) easy to sign up there and then go to that URL and follow us. I will be maintaining that Twitter as well as this community blog, so we now have at least three centers of social networking (also a Facebook page if you search there for MLBlogs and join up). Werbie’s there, Rock Pile Ranter, mthrilla, even Red Sox Chick (offspring of Red Sox Hen) from a past MLBlogs life! Early squatters on our new Twitter page are dominated by Red Sox fans, so others might want to jump right in — especially all of you who often complain about Red Sox and Yankee fans getting too much attention! Start tweeting! In 140 characters, just say what you’ve blogged about and be sure to paste your Permalink into http://is.gd so that you’ll have a tiny URL. (Tinier than tinyurl.com btw.)

Make sure you are all over the remote BEFORE 6 p.m. ET on Thursday. You do not want to miss the first syllable or image uttered when the MLB Network goes on the air at that time. It will make television history — forget sports and sports networks — when it demolishes the record for largest cable network launch into 50 million homes, about 20 million more than the previous high. Almost everyone will have this, and it will mesh with MLBlogging perfectly. I promise to keep asking Tony Petitti’s crew how we might be able to use the MLBlogs Network in synergy for that new world. Who knows…anything is possible. First let’s get it launched! I have written about 4,000 stories leading up to the launch of it and the latest is on MLB.com in case you have further questions. Thanks to Elizabeth in Miami from the MLBlogosphere for being a part of the main launch preview story! Oh yeah, she’s following our Official MLBlogs Twitter, too! If you’re not tweetin’ then you’re not meetin’.

Happy New Year from us at MLBlogs!

Happy New Year

TWITTER UPDATE! 10:52 a.m. ET Dec. 30: Just created our Official MLBlog Twitter! Go to http://www.twitter.com/mlblogs to follow, or if you already have a Twitter account, follow us there at @mlblogs — and let’s start off 2009 with some tweets. If you are new to Twitter, a “tweet” is a 140-character (max) post, and it’s a great way to further grow your MLBlogs community and get to know other MLBloggers. I saw that SBNation has one of these, and don’t worry, we are not making our own into a twitterfeed bot place! It will be inhabited by actual, living, breathing baseball bloggers! Leave any questions/comments here and have fun with it!

Hope everyone had fun opening their presents. We launch the MLB Network at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, so make sure you check the channel locator at mlbnetwork.com and be ready to watch the first greeting and then blog about it. Happy New Year in a brand-new way…

I was just wondering which Sunshine State team’s one-year comeback was better in 2008: The Rays or the Dolphins? That thought just occurred to me watching Miami last night. I guess we should wait and see how far the Fins go.

As always, remember to leave tweets with your full URL here just to drive others over to your MLBlog. It’s one of the many little things you can do to promote your blog.

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