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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:

MLB PRO
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.

Latest Leaders – November 2012

Latest Leaders logoWhile most baseball fans would tell you there’s really no such thing as an offseason for the national pastime, the first month after the end of the season was a typically big one here at MLB.com Blogs. In addition to the season debut of the Hot Stove behemoth that predictably grabbed the top overall spot, John & Cait…Plus Nine kept going strong to claim the second slot in the Pro Blogs. Meanwhile, newcomer Baseball with Matt made its Latest Leaders premiere right out of the chute. There was a changing of the guard atop the Fan blogs, with the resurrected Rays Renegade returning to grab bragging rights, and Muskat Ramblings finished first among the Beat Writers.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from Nov. 1-30:

MLB PRO
1. Hot Stove
2. John & Cait…Plus Nine
3. Baseball Nerd
4. SF Giants Photos
5. Brandon and Brandon
6. Better Off Red
7. Curly W Live
8. Ben’s Biz Blog
9. Dodgers Photog Blog
10. MLB.com Fantasy 411
11. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
12. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
13. So I Married A Baseball Player…
14. Phillies Insider
15. 45 Miles From Fenway
16. Our Game
17. Cubs Vine Line Blog
18. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
19. Around the Horn in KC
20. Cooperstown Chatter
21. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
22. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
23. Newberg Report
24. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife
25. CastroTurf
26. The Dash Board
27. TribeVibe
28. Wild Things
29. The Sprouting News
30. Rattler Radio
31. It’s All Relative
32. ‘Riders Insider Blog
33. ‘Cats Corner
34. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
35. Justice4U
36. Boomskie on Baseball
37. Desde el Desierto
38. Rollin’ with Rick
39. Yard Work
40. Beyond the Ballpark
41. The Futurists
42. Baseball with Matt
43. Unlocking the Keys
44. Fenway the Dog
45. Inside the San Jose Giants
46. From the Nest
47. Chirp Chatter
48. The Cutoff Man
49. Padres hispanos
50. BTF Today

FANS
1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. The Brewer Nation
4. Red State Blue State
5. The AustralianBaseballDigest
6. Beisbol 007
7. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
8. Rockpile Rant
9. The Baseball Haven
10. mlbblogger
11. Pinstripe Birthdays
12. A’s Farm
13. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
14. Phillies Phollowers
15. 9 Inning Know It All
16. Royal Blues
17. Observing Baseball
18. BrokeMets
19. The Ballpark Guide
20. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
21. The Unbiased MLB Fan
22. TheCutoffMan
23. Brewers Rumors
24. Born on Third
25. Three Up, Three Down
26. 7000 Coliseum Way
27. Minoring In Baseball
28. Rockin’ Redlegs
29. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
30. Ballparks on a Budget
31. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
32. Where Everyone’s a Giant
33. Collection of Baseball
34. The Rays Rant
35. gojays
36. More Splash Hits
37. This is a very simple game…
38. eltubeyero22
39. Resumen De La MLB
40. Fish Fry
41. Panama WBC Qualifier
42. The ‘Stros Bros
43. Battling Bucs
44. Cream City Cables
45. On The Way Home
46. Bleacher Boy
47. Rox Addict
48. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
49. Los bigleaguers
50. A Misplaced Astros Fan

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

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.

Latest Leaders – March 2012

Latest Leaders logoHappy Opening Day! The March 2012 Latest Leaders rounded into fine form as Spring Training wound down. We have a number of rookies making their debut on this list, like TribeVibe and 3 Up, 3 Down, as well as some very familiar names. Celebrate the new season by discovering some new blogs!

Here are last month’s top blogs ranked by page views from Mar. 1-31:

MLB PRO
1. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
2. MLB.com Fantasy 411
3. SF Giants Photos
4. Better Off Red
5. Alyson’s Footnotes
6. Ben’s Biz Blog
7. Baseball Nerd
8. Far East Division
9. So I Married A Baseball Player…
10. Dodgers Photog Blog
11. John & Cait…Plus Nine
12. Phillies Insider
13. Curly W Live
14. The Byrd’s Nest
15. Around the Horn in KC
16. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
17. Inside the White Sox
18. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
19. Bloomberg Sports
20. 45 Miles From Fenway
21. Tommy Lasorda’s World
22. Comerica Park, 48201
23. Athletics in Japan: Opening Series 2012
24. CastroTurf
25. Our Game
26. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
27. Rattler Radio
28. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
29. Cubs Vine Line Blog
30. Newberg Report
31. Cooperstown Chatter
32. TribeVibe
33. ‘Cats Corner
34. The Dash Board
35. Clubhouse Confidential
36. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
37. Justice4U
38. Fantasy Freddie
39. Kaat’s Korner
40. Padre Knows Best
41. MLB Urban Youth Academy
42. Above the Plate
43. Heard It From Hoard
44. Unlocking the Keys
45. Yard Work
46. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
47. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
48.  The Mitchell Report & Livin’ La Vida Leo
49. It’s All Relative
50. ‘Topes Tattler

FAN
1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. Counting Baseballs
4. Red State Blue State
5. nybisons
6. Beisbol 007
7. Rockpile Rant
8. mlbblogger
9. The Brewer Nation
10. BlueBattingHelmet
11. TexasRangers_HQ
12. The Unbiased MLB Fan
13. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
14. gojays
15. A’s Farm
16. Pinstripe Birthdays
17. Phillies Phollowers
18. The Ballpark Guide
19. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
20. Brewers Rumors
21. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
22. The Rays Rant
23. westsideculture
24. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
25. Observing Baseball
26. The Pittsburgh Peas
27. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
28. Plushdamentals
29. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
30. Fish Fry
31. Collection of Baseball
32. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
33. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
34. This is a very simple game…
35. Unfinished Business
36. The Yankee Dinosaur
37. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
38. Minoring In Baseball
39. The Baseball Haven
40. Rockin’ Redlegs
41. Cream City Cables
42. 3 Up, 3 Down
43. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
44. baseballqueen
45. Los bigleaguers
46. Bleacher Boy
47. 1992 And Counting
48. Born on Third
49.  The Phanatic Addict
50. The Phil Naessens Show

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

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

Latest Leaders – February 2012

MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders

MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders

Hope springs eternal in Florida and Arizona each year with the emergence of promising newcomers, and here at MLB.com our top blog for the month of February was the relatively new (and newly rebranded) Mariners front office blog, From the Corner of Edgar & Dave. Bryan Hoch’s Bombers Beat topped the Beat Writer blogs, while Rays Renegade one again has bragging rights among fans. Most popular MLB.com Blogs by page view from Feb. 1-29:

MLB PRO
1. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
2. SF Giants Photos
3. Better Off Red
4. John & Cait…Plus Nine
5. Alyson’s Footnotes
6. Comerica Park, 48201
7. MLB.com Fantasy 411
8. Baseball Nerd – Keith Olbermann
9. Ben’s Biz Blog
10. The Byrd’s Nest – Marlon Byrd
11. MLB.com Hot Stove Blog
12. Dodgers Photog Blog
13. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
14. Phillies Insider
15. Around the Horn in KC
16. Curly W Live
17. Fantasy Freddie
18. SFGiantScoop
19. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful – Jonathan Mayo
20. Tommy Lasorda’s World
21. Cubs Vine Line Blog
22. Inside the White Sox
23. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
24. 45 Miles From Fenway
25. CastroTurf
26. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
27. Newberg Report
28. Our Game – John Thorn
29. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer – Matthew Leach
30. So I Married A Baseball Player…
31. Padre Knows Best
32. Clubhouse Confidential
33. Cooperstown Chatter
34. MLB Urban Youth Academy
35. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
36. The Mitchell Report & Livin’ La Vida Leo
37. Orioles Dream Week 2012
38. Bloomberg Sports
39. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
40. Rattler Radio
41. Above the Plate
42. Ozzie Speaks – Ozzie Guillen
43. Desde el Desierto
44. Justice4U – Richard Justice
45. ‘Riders Insider Blog
46. The Inside Pitch
47. Unlocking the Keys
48. Heard It From Hoard
49. ‘Cats Corner
50. Yard Work

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
1. Bombers Beat (Yankees)
2. Muskat Ramblings (Cubs)
3. The Zo Zone (Phillies)
4. Britt’s Bird Watch (Orioles)
5. Bowman’s Blog (Braves)
6. By Gosh, It’s Langosch (Cardinals)
7. Beck’s Blog (Tigers)
8. Mark My Word (Reds)
9. Gonzo and ‘The Show’ (Angels)
10. Brew Beat (Brewers)
11. Postcards From Elysian Fields (Rangers)
12. Brownie Points (Red Sox)
13. Change for a Nickel (Pirates)
14. Mariners Musings
15. North of the Border (Blue Jays)
16. Major League Bastian (Indians)
17. Tag’s Lines (Astros)
18. Bollinger Beat (Twins)
19. Haft-Baked Ideas (Giants)
20. The Fish Pond (Marlins)

FAN
1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. Red State Blue State
4. Plushdamentals
5. Counting Baseballs
6. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
7. Beisbol 007
8. Rockpile Rant
9. BlueBattingHelmet
10. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
11. The Brewer Nation
12. A’s Farm
13. mlbblogger
14. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
15. The Unbiased MLB Fan
16. Pinstripe Birthdays
17. Phillies Phollowers
18. The Ballpark Guide
19. Brewers Rumors
20. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
21. nybisons
22. The Pittsburgh Peas
23. The Rays Rant
24. Bleacher Boy
25. Observing Baseball
26. The Phillies Girl Tells All
27. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
28. westsideculture
29. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
30. If You Write It, They Will Come
31. Rockin’ Redlegs
32. Cream City Cables
33. The Baseball Haven
34. Evan’s Daily Opinion
35. Los bigleaguers
36. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
37. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
38. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
39. This is a very simple game…
40. The Phanatic Addict
41. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
42. Unfinished Business
43. Brewers Today
44. Minoring In Baseball
45. Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary
46. The Closer
47. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
48. Fish Fry
49. Collection of Baseball
50. baseballqueen

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.

January 2012 Latest Leaders

MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders

Will 2012 finally be the Year of the Cubs? That eternal question remains to be seen for Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Dale Sveum, Starlin Castro and everyone around Wrigleyville, but perhaps it is an omen that the top overall ranking in the year’s first monthly MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders went to a Cubbies blog. More people followed the blog of MLB.com veteran Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat than any other at MLB.com. Rays Renegade was the top Fan blog (check out Rockpile Rant‘s all-sports versatility lately btw!), and the MLB.com Hot Stove Blog topped the PRO theme category as the Prince Fielder signing came and went. Here were the top blogs by page view in January:

MLB.com BEAT REPORTER
1. Muskat Ramblings – Cubs
2. Mark My Word – Reds
3. The Zo Zone – Phillies
4. Beck’s Blog – Tigers
5. Gonzo and ‘The Show’ – Angels
6. Postcards From Elysian Fields – Rangers
7. Bombers Beat – Yankees
8. Bowman’s Blog – Braves
9. Brew Beat – Brewers
10. Britt’s Bird Watch – Orioles
11. Mariners Musings – Mariners
12. Tag’s Lines – Astros
13. The Fish Pond – Marlins
14. Major League Bastian – Indians
15. Brownie Points – Red Sox
16. Change for a Nickel – Pirates
17. North of the Border – Blue Jays
18. Major Lee-ague – Athletics
19. All Nats All the Time – Nationals
20. Inside the D-backs – D-backs

FANS
1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. Red State Blue State
4. Rockpile Rant
5. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
6. mlbblogger
7. BlueBattingHelmet
8. Royal Blues
9. nybisons
10. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
11. Phillies Phollowers
12. Pinstripe Birthdays
13. Yankee Yapping
14. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk
15. Counting Baseballs
16. The Baseball Haven
17. M.T.’s Blogger
18. The Rays Rant
19. The Brewer Nation
20. The Unbiased MLB Fan
21. Rockin’ Redlegs
22. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
23. The Pittsburgh Peas
24. Brewers Rumors
25. The Ballpark Guide
26. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
27. 2r2d
28. Observing Baseball
29. Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary
30. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
31. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
32. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
33. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
34. This is a very simple game…
35. Reds Country
36. Collection of Baseball
37. The Yankee Dinosaur
38. baseballqueen
39. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
40. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
41. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
42. Unfinished Business
43. Los bigleaguers
44. A’s Farm
45. Cream City Cables
46. Major League Fantasy Sports
47. Where Everyone’s a Giant
48. The Closer
49. Brewers Today
50. Fish Fry

MLB PRO
1. MLB.com Hot Stove Blog
2. Better Off Red
3. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
4. Alyson’s Footnotes
5. John & Cait…Plus Nine
6. Baseball Nerd – Keith Olbermann
7. MLB.com Fantasy 411
8. Ben’s Biz Blog
9. Justice4U – Richard Justice
10. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
11. Fantasy Freddie
12. Phillies Insider
13. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
14. Around the Horn in KC
15. Tommy Lasorda’s World
16. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful – Jonathan Mayo
17. Comerica Park, 48201
18. Inside the White Sox
19. Newberg Report
20. Cubs Vine Line Blog
21. Chirp Chatter
22. Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp
23. Dodgers Photog Blog – Jon Soohoo
24. Our Game – John Thorn
25. CastroTurf
26. Curly W Live
27. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
28. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
29. 2012 Mets Fantasy Camp
30. 45 Minutes From Fenway
31. Cooperstown Chatter
32. The Byrd’s Nest – Marlon Byrd
33. Inside the Dodgers
34. Delmarva Shorebirds Blog
35. MLB Urban Youth Academy
36. Colorado Rockies Fantasy Camp Blog
37. Bloomberg Sports
38. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
39. The LumberBlog
40. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
41. Ozzie Speaks
42. Heard It From Hoard
43. Kaat’s Korner
44. Rattler Radio
45. Inside the Chiefs
46. ‘Riders Insider Blog
47. The Inside Pitch
48. Padres hispanos
49. Above the Plate
50. The Mitchell Report & Livin’ La Vida Leo

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Latest Leaders – March 2011

The regular season is under way, and your March Latest Leaders were in peak form for Opening Day here at the MLB.com blogging community. Rays Renegade took top honors in the Fan category, while Bloomberg Sports (1) and MLB.com Fantasy 411 (4) rode the Fantasy Baseball draft wave in the PRO theme division. It was Todd Zolecki’s The Zo Zone claiming top spot among MLB.com beat writers.

Here are your leaders by page views from March 1-31, 2011:

FANS
1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. Rockpile Rant
4. The Three Bs
5. Unfinished Business
6. Red State Blue State
7. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
8. Hands off my Pirates Booty
9. Yankee Yapping
10. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
11. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
12. Phillies Phollowers
13. Dodgerfilms
14. The Closer
15. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
16. The Pittsburgh Peas
17. The 1 Constant
18. The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
19. Pinstripe Birthdays
20. Yankees Chick
21. Counting Baseballs
22. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk
23. White Elephant Parade
24. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
25. Observing Baseball
26. FutureAngels.com
27. The Phanatic Addict
28. Underneath the Halo
29. Amazine
30. Red Sox Nation Daily
31. Strictly Cubs Baseball
32. Justine’s Baseball Journey
33. Art of the Pale Hose
34. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
35. The Yankee Dinosaur
36. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
37. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
38. A Misplaced Astros Fan
39. This is a very simple game…
40. El Designado
41. 2131 and Beyond
42. The Cub Den
43. Baseball, Apple Pie, and Lobster
44. More Splash Hits
45. Prose and Ivy
46. Minoring In Baseball
47. The Wizard of Ozzie
48. Cardinal Girl
49. Phillies Red Pinstripes
50. (:> Bird Brained

MLB PRO
1. Bloomberg Sports
2. Better Off Red
3. Baseball Nerd
4. MLB.com Fantasy 411
5. SFGiantScoop
6. Alyson’s Footnotes
7. Inside the Dodgers
8. The Byrd’s Nest
9. Inside the White Sox
10. Around the Horn in KC
11. Ben’s Biz Blog
12. Comerica Park, 48201
13. CastroTurf
14. Phillies Insider
15. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
16. Newberg Report
17. John & Cait…Plus Nine
18. Curly W Live
19. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
20. MLBlogosphere lol
21. @MLB
22. Ozzie Speaks
23. Heard It From Hoard
24. Kara’s Hot Corner
25. Tommy Lasorda’s World
26. The D-blog
27. Philling You In
28. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD BLOG
29. The LumberBlog
30. Dodgers Photog Blog
31. MLB.com Hot Stove blog
32. Rattler Radio
33. Clubhouse Confidential
34. The Dish
35. MLB Urban Youth Academy
36. Mrs. Singy
37. Above the Plate
38. The Schlact Stories
39. Delmarva Shorebirds Blog
40. The Watson Files
41. ‘Cats Corner
42. Diamond Digs with Daniel Descalso
43. Ozzie Habla
44. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
45. Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis
46. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
47. HYDE’S INSIDE PITCH
48. Yard Work
49. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
50. Inside the Chiefs

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
1. The Zo Zone
2. Bombers Beat
3. Brew Beat
4. Bowman’s Blog
5. Postcards from Elysian Fields
6. Muskat Ramblings
7. Beck’s Blog
8. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
9. Mark My Word
10. Haft-Baked Ideas
11. Mets Cetera
12. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
13. Mariners Musings
14. North of the Border
15. Major League Bastian
16. Brownie Points
17. The Fish Pond
18. Britt’s Bird Watch
19. Tag’s Lines
20. All Nats All the Time

Who are those people on the MLB.com/blogs page?

See the community MLBlog to ID each of these Latest Leaders!

Did you guess any of them correctly? Let’s ID those Latest Leaders featured in that panel…next month might be you!

Around the Sphere

BJUpton.jpgOur friend at Rays Renegade
won the blogger-ID contest in the last post, so we’re starting off this
post with a public-service announcement to go check out his MLBlog!
Does it ever just suddenly hit you sometimes that the TAMPA BAY RAYS
just made it to the World Series? That is one time when, to me, it
honestly does not matter much if you lost. Have to say it was really
cool just sitting in the Rays’ dugout during that downpour rain delay
on the Monday, before the decision finally was made to suspend Game 5
(for two full days)…and seeing BJ Upton next to me holding his hand
to his ear on the top dugout step as if to tell Phillies fans to keep
trash talking. It was amazing to see the Rays in this setting. Congrats
to them.

May everyone around the MLBlogs Network (also known as MLB.com/Blogs) have a terrific Thanksgiving holiday. You can count on a lot of post-turkey blogging in this community. Actually it probably will be busier than usual at that time. You have a blog, you’re at the family gathering, and there’s a computer with a connection and, voila, suddenly you forget where you are as others sleep and exchange repartee. This time of year always reminds me of November 2003. Red Sox brass flew out to Phoenix to dine with Curt Schilling and woo the right-hander. Late that Thanksgiving night, he got on his home computer, and posted a message on our redsox.com boards that said in the subject line: “Will be hard to believe I’m sure.” It was a rarity for a Major Leaguer to interact digitally in that way; now the author of 38pitches.com, he was a serious trailblazer in those days. Schilling was giving Red Sox fans the lowdown on his thoughts, and soon enough he went to the Sox, and the next autumn was pitching with a bloody sock and leading a team through the greatest comeback in sports history and into the promised land.

The e-book promo was here (naturally in my own story if you notice byline) and because eventually the link disappears, one day I posted it as the world’s longest MLBlogs posting. For posterity.   :)

Luke.pngPlease welcome a couple of new MLBloggers: Braves Buzz with Luke and summerball101. Hey, Luke, thanks for moving your blog over to this ballfield — we wasted no time stealing your profile pic to help spread the buzz.

Here’s a great opportunity to ask a Major Leaguer a question and have it answered: Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey just jumps right in there wherever he is this offseason and comments in reply to your comments. How many other pro athletes do that? Hopefully young players like him will be carrying the torch for increased “fan networking” in ways like this.

Speaking of players, our belated condolences go out to MLBlogger Bengie Molina. The Giants catcher wrote a very poignant and honorable post about his father, who passed away this fall. It is nice that Bengie’s Dad got to see three sons become Major Leaguer catchers — and all three of them (also Jose and Yadier) became world champions! Amazing.

Waiting for my Hall of Fame Ballot

So I’m waiting for my annual Hall of Fame ballot to show up in the next two or three weeks, and I can tell you right now that you have five years to make a more persuasive argument for Mike Mussina than any I’ve heard so far. Never during his career did I think of him as a Hall of Famer. While I appreciate Brian Cashman’s lengthy rationalization of why Mussina belongs in Cooperstown (in a nutshell he pitched in the “toughest” division, which in itself is debatable), if you need more than a few sentences to explain why someone is deserving, sorry. Jim Kaat is having arguments made for him right now by peers; I loved him and the Twins when I was a boy; did I ever, ever think of him as a Hall of Famer? No, not ever. Rod Carew, yes. I would not check next to Mussina if he were on the ballot next month, and I am sure the argument will rage loud over that five-year waiting period, especially loud when it has East Coast volume.

WalterJohnson.jpgThe best litmus test is always to march right up to the little hamlet of Cooperstown, enter the Gallery room, and gaze upon the hallowed plaques. I love doing that, more than almost anything. In that moment, you know in your heart who is a Hall of Famer. You look at Babe just to remind yourself of why the place exists. You leave there, and you listen to arguments about why this or that player belongs, and you consider it your duty to make sure it remains the ELITE OF THE ELITE. Walter Johnson (pictured, courtesy of the Hall). Nolan Ryan. Christy Mathewson. Warren Spahn. That is the standard for pitchers who deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Of course, being a blogger means you get to speak your own mind, and I look forward to seeing lots of posts about the issue. My colleague Tom Singer wrote a nice article today on our MLB.com homepage looking ahead at the possible 2014 class.

I don’t ever expect everyone to agree with me, and if it’s any consolation to Moose, most of my voting peers haven’t agreed with me the last two years on Big Mac. (Who I will vote for again next month, since I don’t believe in playing Commissioner. I respectfully ask my peers to come down off their moral mountaintops of public litigation. The first time Pete Rose ever shows up on my ballot, he gets my check mark as well. I’ll let the Commissioner decide whether a player warrants being removed from consideration, not writers.)

Be sure to check out my colleague Lisa Winston’s great MLBlog at Got MiLB? The Q&As with players are a must-see. Stop by and say hi to her.

If you want to be in the next posting of the Latest Leaders, a good piece of advice is to click on the MLBlogs of those past Leaders and leave a comment (not spam) with your full URL. The more you are part of the community, the more your blog will grow. And you might also follow the lead of the proprietor of All Baseball All The Time — look how he uses the tag search results in his Link List, similar to our unstoppable Hot Stove Blog.

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