Results tagged ‘ murray cook ’

Just turned eight and feeling great

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.

A few hours later, MLB.com resident Draft and prospect expert Jonathan Mayo welcomed you to B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful. D-backs broadcaster Daron Sutton was an original, too.

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.

Mark

Latest Leaders – January 2013

Latest Leaders logoBaseball is just days away now, and the excitement is building as more and more new blogs are created here on the best blogging platform in the sport. Our first monthly Latest Leaders of 2013 has the usual mix of proven veterans and promising newcomers. The biggest news has to be the Brewers’ John & Cait…Plus Nine dethroning the Hot Stove traffic magnet for the overall top spot, with Jamie Ramsey’s Better Off Red just behind. Evan Vogel cracked the FAN Top 10 in December and now his blog The Baseball Haven is up to No. 5, so watch out there. Carrie Muskat is still in command on the list of  MLB.com beat reporters, regardless of the fortunes of the Cubs team she covers. Congratulations to everyone who made the list, and one proven tip to get on the next month’s list is to leave comments on these blogs and include your full URL so they can see your new posts.

Start your own MLB.com Blog today. It’s the first step in joining this list.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from Jan. 1-31:

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1. John & Cait…Plus Nine
2. Better Off Red
3. Hot Stove
4. Baseball Nerd
5. Curly W Live
6. Dodgers Photog Blog
7. Ben’s Biz Blog
8. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
9. Cubs Vine Line Blog
10. SF Giants Photos
11. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
12. MLB.com Fantasy 411
13. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
14. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
15. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
16. TribeVibe
17. Our Game
18. Around the Horn in KC
19. Alyson’s Footnotes
20. So I Married A Baseball Player…
21. Phillies Insider
22. Cooperstown Chatter
23. 45 Miles From Fenway
24. Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp
25. Newberg Report
26. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
27. CastroTurf
28. Rattler Radio
29. Justice4U
30. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife
31. The Dash Board
32. Comerica Park, 48201
33. Wild Things
34. The Sprouting News
35. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
36. Inside the White Sox
37. Baseball Books
38. ‘Riders Insider Blog
39. Inside the San Jose Giants
40. Step up to B.A.T.
41. It’s All Relative
42. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
43. Rollin’ with Rick
44. ‘Cats Corner
45. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
46. Mets Fantasy Camp
47. Beyond the Ballpark
48. Diamond Dollar$
49. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
50. Desde el Desierto

FANS
1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. The Brewer Nation
4. The AustralianBaseballDigest
5. The Baseball Haven
6. Beisbol 007
7. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
8. mlbblogger
9. The Unbiased MLB Fan
10. Rockpile Rant
11. A’s Farm
12. Observing Baseball
13. Pinstripe Birthdays
14. Dodger Blue World
15. Phillies Phollowers
16. 9 Inning Know It All
17. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
18. The Ballpark Guide
19. 7000 Coliseum Way
20. Minoring In Baseball
21. Ballparks on a Budget
22. TheCutoffMan
23. BrokeMets
24. A Piece of The Game
25. If You Write It, They Will Come
26. Cream City Cables
27. Born on Third
28. Brewers Rumors
29. Heard It From Hoard
30. Three Up, Three Down
31. Rockin’ Redlegs
32. Where Everyone’s a Giant
33. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
34. eltubeyero22
35. Collection of Baseball
36. The Rays Rant
37. This is a very simple game…
38. Battling Bucs
39. Reds Country
40. Bleacher Boy
41. Rox Addict
42. The Best MLBlog
43. The Angels’ Ace
44. Fish Fry
45. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
46. One Strike Away…Twice!
47. Los bigleaguers
48. CardinalsFarm
49. Royal Blues
50. Formerly Fausto: A Baseball Blog

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Beck’s Blog
3. The Zo Zone
4. Mark My Word
5. Bombers Beat
6. Postcards From Elysian Fields
7. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
8. Bowman’s Blog
9. Mariners Musings
10. Britt’s Bird Watch
11. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
12. Brew Beat
13. Change for a Nickel
14. Major League Bastian
15. Tag’s Lines
16. North of the Border
17. Brownie Points
18. Mets Cetera
19. The Fish Pond
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.

Around the MLB.com Blogs

The 2011 Cardinals followed the 2010 Giants as back-to-back NL champs. Can the NL threepeat?

Are you an NL or AL blogger? I just wrote this MLB.com story about the National League’s first World Series winning streak since 1979-82, and the prospects for a threepeat. Let me know in comments if you blog about the subject, and say why you like the NL or the AL, complete with thoughts about DH-or-no-DH.

This one’s for the dogs: Fenway the Dog is a dog’s eye view of the Red Sox. Written from the perspective of Fenway, the team’s official service dog in training, the blog aims to raise awareness of the amazing work done by these invaluable canine companions. And Dallas Latos, wife of Reds pitcher Mat Latos, posted about their dog, Balls. Leaving it at that.

One of my favorite posts of the year is when Spring becomes official and our good friend Murray Cook shares lawn-care tips with the rest of us. Murray, who has been a groundskeeping consultant to the Commissioner’s Office since 1989 and most recently has been ensuring that the Tokyo Dome is ready for MLB’s openers, is one of our original MLBloggers, as his forever-capitalized MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG was created just moments after Tommy Lasorda’s World got us started on April 18, 2005. Feel free to ask Murray questions and you also can follow him on Twitter @cookmurray.

Mitch Williams blogs about Matt Wieters and the Orioles' plan for the future.

Mitch Williams writes on his MLB.com Blog Wild Things that the Orioles should follow the Rays’ model. See what the MLB Network studio analyst and MLB.com columnist has to say about Matt Wieters in this post, leave comments and share.

So, did you see where Ozzie Guillen has been living during Spring Training? He blogged some pics.

Want your blog promoted on MLB.com Blogs? Just say so with a blog post, use the “Jumbo MLBlogs” tag, and include a (good) 480×270 graphic in your post that we might be able to snatch for use as a Jumbo panel to feature it.

Contest alert from Erik at Counting Baseballs. And by the way, he is on a torrid page-view run and closing fast on Rays Renegade and Baseball Collector atop the FANS category of Latest Leaders. Can they hold him off? Will post the next Latest Leaders around April 1.

Speaking of Latest Leaders, one MLB.com beat writer is running away with the overall crown for most page views by any MLB.com blogger in March. Will see if you can guess what team she covers and then check back to see if she stayed in front.

Members of the 2011 Omaha Storm Chasers got their rings, and Around the Horn in KC blogged about it. Is MLB glory next?

Will it be the Year of Kansas City? The All-Star Game is headed there in July, and a rising young team could surprise a lot of people, especially with Jonathan Sanchez on the hill. For a reminder of their young talent, take a look at the post on Around the Horn in KC. It’s a nice look at the Omaha ring ceremony for the 2011 Pacific Coast League title. Will winning rise up through the ranks? Anything can happen in today’s Major League Baseball.

If you ever need a hand around here, remember that our good friends at WordPress.com (capably) handle all blog Support, so use their contact page as needed. You also can post comments here whenever you wish and I see them immediately and follow up if I can help. Do not contact MLB.com subscription product customer service people for blogs needs, as they have nothing to do with that since last June.

Do you know what Giants World is? Pretty cool. Find out on the club’s photo blog.

Nationals fans have to follow Curly W Live — took another step forward in Spring Training and will be even more must-follow starting Opening Day.

Welcome back to the Tigers. When you see what we mean, you will growl.

Want to see what a Japan Opening Series ticket looks like? Check it out.

New look on the MLB.com Fantasy 411 blog, check it out. Oh, and make sure to follow my colleagues Mike & Cory so you can dominate your league.

If you have FB, TW & Pinterest pages, then you have to have an MLB.com Blog as well. Your brain is big enough, and you can have your FB and TW streams on the side panel to encourage Likes and follows. Every time you post, set it so it becomes a blurb on your social pages. A blog is a key part of the overall arsenal…more than ever, in fact. That’s why so many Major League clubs start blogs year-round.

Seen a great MLB.com Blog post? Let us know in the comments with full URL please, and tell everyone to blog at http://MLB.com/blogs

Happy Fourth Birthday To Us!

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It’s a grand slam! Saturday marks the fourth anniversary of the MLBlogs community, and it all began with Tommy Lasorda’s inaugural MLBlogs posting about his old friend Jackie Robinson. That is how Major League Baseball launched its own blogging community, billed as an official affiliate of MLB.com with unofficial opinions. It was April 18, 2005, and the Red Sox had just ended an 86-year drought, the White Sox were in the process of ending an 88-year drought, Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi had just dropped, and that day Adobe bought Macromedia, the Boston Marathon was held, and our friend Murray Cook also saved his first blog post, a simple picture as an offering to the baseball gods.

mariahcarey.jpgTens of thousands of blogs later, we are here blogging about baseball on a regular basis and we have Latest Leaders and we have new MLBlogs starting for free all the time. We have Briscoe Baseball Blog predicting Indians over Dodgers in the Fall Classic (thus ending a drought dating back to 1948); we have none other than Giants catcher Bengie Molina telling you what’s wrong with Tim Lincecum and his team right now; we have all 30 MLB.com beat writers like Ian Browne (Red Sox) and Kelly Thesier (Twins) blogging and communicating with you here; Welcome To The Show blogging about the best night for a ballplayer you might ever see; Kim Jones of YES posting about the new Yankee Stadium; and a Phillies fan from way back in the Connie Mack Stadium days blogging about the bid for a repeat.

Zack Hample, one of those first MLBloggers, has raised $634.80 for Pitch In For Baseball.

You can find all of the MLB PRO BLOGS in the drop-down menu on the MLBlogs homepage, and use the tag-search results link for each club nickname also on that page to find other MLBlogs about topics that may be of interest to you. There is so much to do, so much new technology to develop, but mainly we want to see our favorite MLB players and teams have great seasons, and there is a whole summer in front of us now. Be sure to follow us at the Official MLBlogs Twitter.

Join the MLBlogs Facebook Page

First of all, welcome to all the new MLBlogs created while I was out of the country. We’ll start with Hot Air From a Born Again Giants Fan, aka The Shrimps.

Hey, crew, we just started an MLBlogs Facebook Page and you are invited to join it as fans. Have fun with it, and use it as another way to alert other baseball fans about a post you just saved. Just remember to include your full URL anytime you post something. Spread the word!

IMG_8344.JPGSo, I am back from Beijing. It was incredible. Climbed the Great Wall, went to Forbidden City, laughed at the Giant Pandas at the Beijing Zoo (I love how they grab a branch of bamboo and then roll onto their backs and eat it like little kings), turned the dog meat page really fast on a restaurant menu, bartered for a suit at the Silk Market, couldn’t believe what I was seeing at Opening or Closing Ceremony, and in between just soaked up a great Olympiad including an awesome baseball competition that proved the sport belongs in the Games. If you go to my Beijing Memories article, you can find my Olympic Scrapbook on the top of the page.

Here are some extra baseball pics.

Some of the two-dozen Major League prospects I got to know quite well. It will be fun to watch their progress now. Also, I was standing next to pitcher Shairon Martis and infielder Yurendell de Caster of the Netherlands in line at Customs (we were surrounded by Russian Olympians), and Shairon told me both of them were on their way to Louisville to rejoin their Columbus Clippers Triple-A team and that he expects both of them to be with the Washington Nationals on Sept. 1. I recognized them by their big, bright orange luggage. A bunch of these guys will be up, too. I think Terry Tiffee needs to be playing first for the Dodgers fast. What a glove and bat.

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See the guys in the middle in navy blazers in the picture below? It was the bronze medal game between USA and Japan, behind home plate for dignitaries/Olympic Family, and the one second from right is IOC president Jacques Rogge. This was the day I broke the news story that Rogge is mandating Major Leaguers be used if the sport is to be considered for 2016, and that there is “no heirarchy” among the seven contending sports (two will be chosen). No one previously had known specific reasons why it was removed and whether MLB players were good to have or a requirement. Knowing Rogge’s PR person was a gatekeeper and that there would be no prayer of her facilitating an interview with all the media there, I climbed through the tape, climbed over the CEO of Mizuno and whoever else was in my way and sat next to Harvey Schiller (the one of those three on the right) in that empty seat next to him, he shook his head indicating not now, I went back to my seat, and 10 minutes later a volunteer came over to me and said, “Dr. Schiller wants to see you.” He then introduced me to Rogge, and I proceeded to ask eight questions, starting with: “Eighty million fans want to know why you removed baseball from the Olympics and whether it will be back.” He left after a couple of innings, talking to no media as I expected.There’s my Journalism 101 reporting tip for baseball bloggers for the day. Be persistent.

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Being around the Cuba guys was like being around the Yankees. The exact equivalent. They are rock stars. They have this aura. Below is Pedro Luis Lazo’s fourth Olympic medal, this one silver. He is such a friendly guy. And a competitor, as you could see from Nixie’s left eye. I will always remember the scene after Cuba dusted the U.S. team the last Friday night to deny the Americans a shot at gold. The bus was pulled up next to the Cuba clubhouse, and it sat there for a long time, and the side luggage compartments were opened and Cuba players were sitting in them, their own makeshift party, some drinking beers, socializing with a handful of females who wore Canada Olympic attire. People just wanted to be around them.  Anyway…take a good look at the word “BASEBALL” on this medal. You won’t see it again for at least eight years.

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I have to give a special shout-out to my friend and YOUR friend, Murray Cook. He is the person responsible for the Wukesong Miracle, the creation of three Major League-caliber ball fields in a place where no one really knew what baseball was. Murray is one of the original MLBloggers, and it was my first chance to meet him in person. He created his blog on the same day that Tommy created his — April 2005. Murray, thanks for always being able to lend a hand to another Western visitor and introducing me to Yang Yang’s dad, the groundskeeping father of the China backup catcher who stole the show one night.

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And then there was one of the most likable bunch of guys you could be around. The Korean team was a perfect 9-0. Nine, the perfect baseball number. Their manager was just someone you looked forward to talking to, even through a translator. Ryu (99), their big
pitcher who almost went the distance in the finale, was a big teddy bear afterwards and he bit his gold medal after obliging my request to check it out. It meant the world to them. It meant the world to baseball. You could see how strong baseball is around the globe, growing stronger every year. The U.S. now knows it will have to field a SERIOUS team for the next World Baseball Classic. You could take either of this summer’s All-Star teams and would not win the next World Baseball Classic unless it has a togetherness and total commitment. One other thing I really noticed at the Olympics was that it was an aberration to see a 90-mph readout for non-USA pitchers. You face heat only as a “changeup”, really. I saw mostly high 70s, lots in the 80s, and many different release points, sidearmers, three-quarters, so much off-balance stuff. That had to be tough on the U.S. guys, who typically look at 90s all the time. Now they go back and will see 90s all the time. International ball is definitely an adjustment. Congrats to Korea.

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It was a beautiful experience. The hardest part was trying to do my daily MLB.com Olympic show, where I would call into our studios and you would get my voice and picture of me in my peasant hat along with other imagery. I was always 12 hours ahead of New York time, and when there were night games over there, filled with drama and then deadline writing, it was not exactly easy to find a time to break away and talk on the phone with the U.S.! You also should check out Brian Duensing’s final blog post; he played a role in bringing home a bronze, after a touching scene in which the Twins helped raise funds so that his wife could fly there and be with their Triple-A pitcher.

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OK, your turn to post summertime pics. And make sure you join that MLBlogs Facebook Page!

I was just curious what happens when you do a tag search on the MLBlogs homepage for the word “baseball.” Here you go. You’ll find lots of cool MLBlogs that you probably didn’t know about. Check ‘em out! Also have to give a shout-out to Cub Fans, which continues to hold the MLBlogs record for most comments on a blog with just a handful of words posted. Great example of someone who knows how to get his own circle of influence to check out the blog. Just makes it happen.

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

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