April 2009

Yankees vs. Red Sox

Amidst the first 2009 renewal of Yankees vs. Red Sox, please note that there is a new batch of Red Sox Nation Governor MLBlogs for fans of Boston. They are at:

http://rsn-midwest-govs.mlblogs.com
http://rsn-newengland-govs.mlblogs.com
http://rsn-northeast-govs.mlblogs.com
http://rsn-northwest-govs.mlblogs.com
http://rsn-southeast-govs.mlblogs.com
http://rsn-southwest-govs.mlblogs.com

There are countless MLBlogs for both Red Sox and Yankees fans alike, whether from the club or the fans. Check out the tag search results for YANKEES and RED SOX to see them in order of most recently updated.

Ballots and Blogs

Today we launched the All-Star Game Ballot and here is my MLB.com story with all the details. It makes for great baseball blogging material, and I look forward to frequent blogging on the subject between now and what probably will be another record-shattering voting finish during the summer. Just to get things started, below is the thank-you page for my first of 25 ballots I will submit, to show my votes. I have an all-Dodger outfield (justified because Kemp is having the best start, Ethier was just named NL Player of the Week, Manny is Manny to me and they look like baseball’s best club right now) and right now I feel like the left side of the AL infield, once a Yankee province, belongs to the Rays (sorry, Jeter fans).

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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.

Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, New Ballparks

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I chatted with Keith Olbermann for a while on the field during Padres batting practice just before the Citi Field opener on Monday, and took the profile pic of him above on his MLBlog. He is really enthused about his MLBlogging, as you can see from his very impassioned posts. Below is a grab of the MSNBC video clip from last night’s show, in which
Rachel Maddow chatted with him about baseball and his
popular MLBlog Baseball Nerd. “Can we do this all the time?” she asked him. Be sure to regularly watch for Keith’s posts, but remember that he already has advised everyone he could care less what you say in the comments. So if you want to get all political, he just doesn’t care. Talk baseball.

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Pics from Opening Night at Citi Field

I’ll be working the Yankee Stadium home opener all day and will post some pics, tweets and all that good stuff. This site actually has the best way for me to find my own MLB.com articles, always chronological, in case you want to catch up as it is an Opening Blur. In the meantime, here were some shots I took Monday in Queens — where they now have a ballpark that I consider second to none in baseball.

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Latest Leaders – Mar. 28-Apr. 14

The MLB.TV Blog proved to be very popular as masses of fans around the world followed its development with the latest news on product updates and helped with beta testing. Making her debut in the Latest Leaders is blogging debutante Kim Jones. Also rising in the Pro Blog rankings is the New Era Call-Up Blog.

Pick Me Up Some Mets made the big leap among the fan blogs, jumping up to the second spot, just behind Confessions of a She-Fan, who finished in the top spot..

PLAYERS
1. Reed Between the Lines
2. Torii’s Storiis
3. Behind the Mask
4. Deep Thoughts By Gordon Beckham
5. Dining with ‘Dre
6. Laying Down the Lawrie
7. Plouffe!
8. Disco Hayes
9. Perk’s Place
10. Moskie Madness
11. kevin slowey’s (offseason) blog
12. Wagner’s Compositions
13. Bally’s Blog
14. The Doctor (Doolittle) Is In
15. Life in Grey Pants
16. Rantin’ and Raben
17. Kopper’s Kaos
18. A lesson in Suttle-ty
19. Looking Through the Mask
20. Dorn’s Dish

MLB PRO
1. MetsBlog.com
2. Bronx Banter
3. MLB.TV Blog
4. MLB.com Fantasy 411
5. Mets Minor League Blog
6. WasWatching.com
7. Pinstriped Bible
8. Inside the Dodgers
9. YES Blog
10. The Kimberly Jones Blog
11. Around the Horn in KC
12. The Baseball Collector
13. Baseball Nerd
14. *touch* ’em all
15. Ben’s Biz Blog
16. Phillies Insider
17. Inside the White Sox
18. New Era Presents the Call-Up
19. Remembering Harry Kalas
20. Newberg Report
21. Red Sox Insider Blog
22. MLBlogosphere lol
23. The Blob
24. Beat the Streak Report
25. Inside the Giants Clubhouse
26. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
27. Welcome to Third and King
28. Kaat’s Korner
29. The Max
30. Reds Internal Affairs
31. Tommy Lasorda’s World
32. View From the Booth
33. Twins Ballpark Update
34. Gameday
35. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
36. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
37. Friar John’s Blog
38. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
39. Is this thing on?
40. Colorado Springs Sky Sox Official Team Blog
41. Comerica Park, 48201
42. MLB.com Organizational Report
43. Inside the Chiefs
44. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD BLOG
45. MLB Urban Youth Academy
46. Off The Wall with Chris Shearn
47. MLB.TV Mosaic Blog
48. got milb?
49. Struck Out Looking
50. Welcome To The Show

FANS
1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
3. Red State Blue State
4. Julia’s Rants
5. The 1 Constant…Baseball
6. FutureAngels.com
7. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
8. Rockpile Rant
9. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
10. A Diatribe from a Law Student: Baseball Edition
11. Phillies Phollowers
12. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
13. Rays Renegade
14. The ‘Burgh Blues
15. Unfinished Business
16. Plunking Gomez
17. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk
18. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG
19. The Closer
20. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
21. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
22. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
23. Chirp Chatter
24. King of Cali
25. Mets Go
26. Flair For The Dramatic
27. Yankees Chick
28. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
29. The Blogger in the Gloamin’
30. The Season Experience
31. Short Porch in Right
32. King Yankees
33. Baseball Canadiana
34. Peace, Love, and Baseball
35. Phillies Red Pinstripes
36. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
37. Statistician Magician
38. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS
39. Baseball Bats
40. The Watercooler
41. Cambios y Curvas
42. A Misplaced Astros Fan
43. Cubs Gal Who Loves Baseball
44. Fantasy Hardball: a bloop and a blast
45. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
46. Counting Baseballs
47. All Baseball All The Time
48. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
49. Yogi Brewer
50. I Live for This


MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS

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

My 2009 Predictions

In 2007, I was the only person in humanity to correctly predict (on MLB.com) that Colorado would go on to its first World Series. In 2008, I had the Padres winning it all and they bombed. In 2009, I am planning to spend late October and early November in the Bay Area for a 20th-anniversary reunion. I think Oakland will have a shock-the-world mindset with its no-name pitching staff against a Giants team that is stockpiled with young talent led by the game’s best pitcher and ready for its first-ever title in San Francisco. These are my predictions.

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Happy Opening Day!

I worked the first-ever game at Yankee Stadium Friday and wrote these stories:

Also, here were some BlackBerry pics I uploaded.

Derek Jeter’s locker, closest to the showers, training room, lounge, etc:

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Standing on the field during pregame rain:

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Alfonso Soriano back home again, sort of:

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Waiting out the rain in the Cubs’ dugout:

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Obstructed view seats on each side of the center field patio — pic specially requested by Alyssa Milano over on the Official MLBlogs Twitter:

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My colleague Bryan Hoch posted some great pics as well, and there are much higher-quality images in our MLB.com photo galleries. Check out Keith Olbermann’s take.

Happy Opening Day, everyone!

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