March 11th, 2009

Latest Leaders – March 3-11

Latest Leaders in the MLBlogs Network by page view, for the period from March 3-11.

The Latest Leaders will look a little different this week, as I split them into four categories. Reasons for this include the fast proliferation of player MLBlogs (30 prospect blogs are gradually being rolled out, plus Torii Hunter of the Angels and Reed Johnson of the Cubs are about to start), the incorporation of SNY Network and YES Network blogs into the MLBlogs Network, and the fact all 30 MLB.com beat writers now have MLBlogs. Hope you enjoy the list and thanks for the great MLBlogging!

PLAYERS

1. Deep Thoughts By Gordon Beckham
2. Dining with ‘Dre
3. Disco Hayes
4. Moskie Madness
5. Life in Grey Pants
6. Behind the Mask
7. Bally’s Blog
8. A Lesson in Suttle-ty
9. The Young and the Braves
10. kevin slowey’s (offseason) blog
11. Perk’s Place
12. Wagner’s Compositions
13. The life and times of Javy
14. Looking Through the Mask
15. Koppers’ Kaos
16. Bloggin’ with D-back Dan

MLB PRO

1. MetsBlog
2. Bronx Banter
3. MLB.TV Blog
4. Mets Minor League Blog
5. Was Watching
6. Pinstriped Bible
7. Inside the Dodgers
8. YES Blog
9. MLB.com Fantasy 411
10. Around the Horn in KC
11. *touch* ’em all
12. Phillies Insider
13. The Baseball Collector
14. Inside the Giants Clubhouse
15. Inside the White Sox
16. Newberg Report
17. Kaat’s Korner
18. The Max
19. MLBlogosphere lol
20. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
21. Red Sox Insider Blog
22. Tommy Lasorda’s World
23. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
24. Friar John’s Blog
25. Ben’s Biz Blog
26. Reds Internal Affairs
27. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
28. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD BLOG
29. Twins Ballpark Update
30. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
31. Comerica Park, 48201
32. The Dog Ate Daron’s Homework..Again
33. MLB Urban Youth Academy
34. got milb?
35. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
36. Is this thing on?
37. Gameday
38. It’s a Kind of a Family. It’s a Kind of Insanity.
39. Diggin’ In to the Legends with SuperMario & EBJ
40. Jesse Sanchez at the Park


FANS

1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Red State Blue State
3. Julia’s Rants
4. Rockpile Rant
5. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
6. FutureAngels.com
7. Rays Renegade
8. Plunking Gomez
9. King of Cali
10. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
11. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
12. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
13. A Diatribe from a Law Student: Baseball Edition
14. Phillies Phollowers
15. Redbird Chatter
16. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
17. The ‘Burgh Blues
18. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
19. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
20. Braves World
21. Unfinished Business
22. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG
23. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
24. The Closer
25. A Misplaced Astros Fan
26. Phillies Red Pinstripes
27. Cubs Gal Who Loves Baseball
28. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
29. Baseball Canadiana
30. Statistician Magician
31. Baseball Bats
32. The 1 Constant…Baseball
33. All Baseball All The Time
34. crzblue’s World
35. Flair For The Dramatic
36. Bringing Diamond Back(s)
37. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
38. Between The Chalk
39. District Boy
40. King Yankees
41. I Live for This
42. Up in Section 360
43. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB
44. Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog
45. MLB in the eyes of a 13 year old
46. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS
47. Mets’ Main Man
48. Totally Tribe
49. The Season Experience
50. Perfect Pitch

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS

1. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
2. Bowman’s Blog
3. The Zo Zone
4. Bombers Beat
5. CastroTurf
6. Muskat Ramblings
7. Beck’s Blog
8. Postcards from Elysian Fields
9. Alyson’s Footnotes
10. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
11. Major League Bastian
12. Mark My Word
13. Brownie Points
14. Being Ozzie Guillen
15. Noble Thoughts
16. Brew Beat
17. Kenny G Around the Horn
18. Jim Street Vet Scribe
19. The Spence Report
20. Big Urb Baseball
21. Haft-Baked Ideas
22. The Fish Pond
23. Kelly’s Corner
24. rallymonkeys
25. Who’s your Padre?
26. Hardball in the Rockies
27. All Nats All the Time
28. Rays Plays
29. Royals Beat
30. The Tao of Steve

Snagged!

Zack Hample is one of our original MLBloggers, saving his first entry for The Baseball Collector on April 21, 2005. Along the way he has introduced the art of snagging baseballs to fans everywhere, resulting in book deals, countless media appearances and a long line of followers and inspired snaggers.

David Rhode is Executive Director of Pitch In For Baseball, an organization that also had its start in 2005. It is well-known as the collector and redistributor of new and
gently used youth baseball and softball equipment to underserved
communities both in the U.S. and around the world. PIFB has
distributed equipment and uniforms to more than 50 countries worldwide
and more than 100 communities around the United States impacting over
60,000 children in need.

It was only natural that these two parties join forces, and below is today’s press release announcing that they have done just that. I hope many MLBloggers and other baseball fans will help contribute to their excellent cause.

Zack Hample joins the Pitch In For Baseball team

New York — Just when the Hot Stove League appeared to be drying up, the dominant player at his position has found his team for 2009.  Zack Hample, the recognized leader of snagging baseballs at MLB ballparks, will be bringing his unique talents to the non profit organization Pitch In For Baseball® during the 2009 season.

Zack’s credentials place him at the pinnacle of baseball collectors.  Since 1990, he has grabbed more than 3,800 baseballs at 44 different MLB stadiums.  What makes this season of snagging so different, however, is that Zack will now be using his unparalleled skills to further the mission of youth baseball and softball non profit partner, Pitch In For Baseball.

Zack’s plan is simple.  He will visit various stadiums, snagging baseballs with his usual array of tricks and insights (he can ask for a ball in over 30 languages).  Historically, he has been able to accumulate 200-300 balls per season, including balls from batting practice and live play.  Individuals and corporate partners can pledge any amount of money for each ball he grabs during the 2009 season by visiting http://www.zackhample.com/charity.php.

Zack’s goal for the season is to raise at least $50,000.  That translates to 1,000 supporters donating 25 cents for a projected 200 balls snagged. Of course, Zack hopes more than 1,000 supporters join the “Sultan of Snag” and he also hopes to reel in more than 200 balls.

“I love baseball and I love kids,” says Zack.  “Getting to snag baseballs for a charity that combines both is a dream come true.  I can’t wait for Opening Day!”

Zack will be opening the season with a trip to Toronto April 6-9 in pursuit of Gary Sheffield’s 500th career home run ball and any other ball he can grab during that series.

Pitch In For Baseball collects and redistributes new and “gently used” youth baseball equipment to needy children both here in the U.S. and around the world.  “We are delighted to be able to bring Zack onto our team,” says David Rhode, Executive Director of Pitch In For Baseball.  “His passion and the passion of his many followers provide a unique and fun way for baseball fans to support our charitable mission.”

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