Congrats to our friend Zoë Rice, the most-visited fan MLBlogger so far this season.
Here’s the tough news to swallow: Almost all of you have been outblogged by a dog.
Since we relaunched this community on Opening Day, here is the ranking:
TOP 10 FAN MLBLOGS
- Pick Me Up Some Mets!
- Big Pupi – Baseball Dog Blogger
- The Brewer Nation
- Red State Blue State
- Prince of New York
- Bleeding Pinstripes
- Yankees Chick
- Baseball Cleats & Shoes
- It’s a Kind of a Family. It’s a Kind of Insanity.
TOP 10 OVERALL MLBLOGS:
- Inside the Dodgers
- Trade Talk
- Bombers Beat
- Beck’s Blog
- The Pulse (Mark Derosa)
- The Baseball Collector
- Frenchy’s Forum (Jeff Francoeur)
- Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
- Inside the White Sox
The phenom on the list is Trade Talk. We launched it a little over a week ago and it is about to overtake Josh’s popular “Inside the Dodgers” for most traffic in the entire season. Maintained on a constant basis by our 30 MLB.com beat writers, it is showing up on blogrolls all over as the most legit source for trade discussion leading up to the July 31 deadline.
Why is The Baseball Collector included in the latter group? Zack was working for us at MLBAM when he started blogging. Because his was one of the “founding blogs” whose pages were launched in that 24-hour span that MLBlogs was born in April 2005 — in order, Tommy, Mayo, Murray, Sterno, Sutton and Zack — he is keeping the ceremonial MLB PRO BLOGS template reserved for MLBlogs belonging to members of the Major League Baseball family. Through his baseball collecting and widespread publicity, he also has brought to the MLBlogs community a lot of visitors who have found other MLBloggers.
Here’s another really good blog with a passion for collecting baseballs:
If you want some easy traffic to your blog, leave comments here regularly and always include your full URL as a breadcrumb. We are scheduling our next MLBlogs Network upgrade soon and BY FAR at the top of the list of priorities is helping bloggers find each other. Stay tuned.
Red Sox Insider. Who is it? Don’t know. Someone in the Red Sox front office. It’s not Rob Crawford, the new VP of Red Sox Nation, and it’s not Big Pupi. You can probably rule out Curt Schilling, because he has his own blog at 38pitches, and also Kevin Youkilis, who closed up shop at Youuuuuukkkkk during this season. It’s not Wally, because he stopped posting during the 2006 pennant races. Could it be as high as a John Henry or a Theo Epstein? What about Bill James or Manny or someone in ticketing or on the grounds crew? No idea. I have the admin capability to see the email address and IP address for its creation, and that was not revealing enough to narrow down an identity. It’s known within the club already, too, and not only still there, but now promoted on redsox.com. So it’s the real deal, only with a mystery element. And by the way, it’s also a great first post. Considering the many hundreds of Red Sox MLBloggers around here, such as The Boston Red Sox Blog or Brownie Points, this should be interesting. Let the mystery begin because it just launched, and comments are turned on. Who is the Red Sox Insider? Have fun.
My colleagues in MLB Productions one floor above me here in our Manhattan HQ just sent me down an interoffice envelope stuffed with five unbelievable DVD sets. The message is this: MLB Productions really likes you MLBloggers. We are definitely onto something with this year-long “experiment” of giving MLB.com bylines to MLBloggers.
So here is the latest call for content. Once again, this only applies to people who maintain MLBlogs, because we link to those from the tagline of your MLB.com article. The DVD or DVD sets will each be overnighted to the individuals who volunteer by emailing me with your mailing address…and once again you will have the best chance if you are a fan of the team that is that DVD’s subject.
Once you have one of these, please email me a review of the merchandise within the week. I will schedule content display for consideration on that particular team’s homepage, and you will have the kind of audience size that most writers — traditional or new media — dream about.
Here are the items I need you to review, so step right up:
The Boston Red Sox Essential Games of Fenway Park (6-DVD set in collector’s tin)
The New York Mets Essential Games of Shea Stadium (6-DVD set in collector’s tin)
Shea Goodbye: 45 Years of Amazin’ (hosted by Matthew Broderick and featuring footage of the greatest Mets moments at home)
Yankee Stadium: Baseball’s Cathedral (2-DVD set, exclusive commemorative bronze coin and replica ticket inside)
Red Sox Memories: The Greatest Moments in Boston Red Sox History (features Cy Young, Ted Williams, Carlton Fisk, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz and many more)
Plus, I am still looking for a D-Backs fan who wants to review:
2001 World Series Arizona Diamondbacks Collector’s Edition DVD Set
The total retail value of these is in the $100s. As always, you get to own the product and get to add an MLB.com byline to your resume if the story works out. It keeps the credibility momentum going for blogging. It helps MLB Productions market their awesome products, and the MLB.com Shop folks appreciate business like anyone else today. Most importantly, it gives a widespread audience of your like-minded fans something they can appreciate, recommended by someone with whom they can identify through shared experience. That’s a lot of wins for one little experiment we started last year! Let’s keep it going…