April 23rd, 2008
Last night I wrote this story for the MLB.com and Cubs.com homepages about “Cubbleyous.” Yes, I counted all 10,000 W’s that appear in the article! Congrats to the Cubs for reaching that milestone. It would have been ironic if Greg Maddux had reached 350 at almost exactly the same time, but somehow Trevor Hoffman just blew another very high-profile save opportunity…common lately.
Now it could be your turn to have an MLB.com byline. In the last year, a lot of
MLBloggers have had prominent bylines on club homepages, simply by offering to review our popular World Series Collector’s Edition DVD sets that are brought down to my desk from my MLB Productions colleagues upstairs here at our MLB Advanced Media
headquarters in Manhattan. We kind of have a system going now and a little breakthrough modern journalism happening. I just got a couple more sets:
The Arizona Diamondbacks 2001 World Series Collector’s Edition: “Celebrate the Arizona Diamondbacks’ historic first World series championship. All seven World Series games against the New York Yankees.” ($51.99 listed value)
The Los Angeles Dodgers 1988 World Series Collector’s Edition: “The dramatic 1988 NLCS Game 4, the pennant-clinching Game 7 and all five World series games against the Oakland Athletics.” ($42.99 listed value)
I am looking for enthusiastic writers who would like an MLB.com byline for the resume and a great product to keep for free after reviewing. The articles are going onto dbacks.com and dodgers.com for an entire fan base, and these sets obviously are celebrations of important historical club moments and the articles will need to embrace that feeling from a fan perspective. You win by getting a byline and a free product, we win by further promoting the game.
If you are interested, EMAIL ME NOW with full name and mailing address and you will be considered. Do this by email rather than by comment here. If you are selected, I will have the set overnighted to you. You will have five days from receipt of the set (or asap) to file your 500- to 700-word review to that same email address, and I will budget it for presentation on that club’s homepage. UPDATED: I have three interested reviewers, but would prefer they be hardcore Dodger/D-backs fans.
There will be others to come so stay tuned. Only on MLBlogs!!!
Examples of past MLBloggers reviews on MLB.com:
Our friend Zoe Rice, the NYC author who maintains the well-read Pick Me Up Some Mets! MLBlog, actually got the ball rolling on this year-long effort with a review last May of a Mets DVD. That appeared on the top of the front of Mets.com.