January 2012

Around the MLB.com Blogs

We’re waiting on a sunny day, just like the author of Blue Batting Helmet. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Arizona and Florida shortly; MLB.com & top blogger Jonathan Mayo just released our 2012 Prospect Watch; the Super Bowl will lead right into our Fantasy rankings; Prince Fielder is joining the Tigers; there are no obvious favorites for the 2012 World Series; and there is more to blog about than ever as a Major League Baseball fan.

How’s everyone doing out here in MLB.com Blogs country? I wanted to check in before heading down to Florida later today for a vaca including my second Miami Marathon on Sunday (a very sunny day, hopefully not too much humidity!). We’ll be back midweek to present you with the first monthly installment of Latest Leaders. It has been great to see so many people apply the MLB.com Blogs Top 100 badge to their own MLBlogs after such hard work in 2011, and we have already seen some great new blogs start up that are sure to make the 2012 list. I just expanded the Comments list to the right and as you can see I hope you will always leave your full URL within any comment — use this technique to get people like me to your blog, and please go through their comments and look for other blogs.

Want to see a Tim Lincecum-Prince Fielder matchup in late October? Our friend Emily of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend just posted a what-if about a Giants-Tigers World Series, so tell her what you think. Kevin of WestSide Culture vows in those comments that he “will be atop that list in 2012, starting now.” He just made the switch to an MLB theme (thanks!), which is necessary to be tallied for Latest Leaders page view search. We plan to update our themes soon and I’ll give a headsup whenever that date gets closer.

Jenn is coming up on her fourth anniversary of blogging at Phillies Phollowers and you can get some nice widget tips from her, such as incorporating your own Facebook page. It’s easy to drag the Facebook Like widget from your Dashboard, like I also did here to the right and below. Just go to Appearance –> Widgets. Another Top 100 Phillies blog is from Michael at The Phanatic Addict and you can see how he set up a favorite blogs Link set, including Jenn, which is what reminded us to check in on Phillies Phollowers. Be nice to others and you will benefit.

From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
 is the brand-new blog of the Seattle Mariners PR department, and despite launching in mid-month it is tracking as the No. 5 PRO blog right now and has a pretty good chance to go on to become the top overall blog into the season at MLB.com Blogs. Why? Check it out if you haven’t. It has been fun working with Jeff and the crew there as they take it very seriously and seek out feedback on what people like. Copy their widget techniques — the best I have seen since we switched to WordPress.com! Think of From the Corner of Edgar & Dave as a part of Mariners.com — a great club site.

March is my 10th anniversary with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, and probably my favorite photog in the business through that time has been Jon SooHoo — the official photographer of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is a joy viewing his photo galleries on Dodgers.com, and his Top 100 blog known as Dodgers Photog Blog is back better than ever. Check out his posts from the past week and consider subscribing to his blog so you see whenever he posts. These are great shots — even worth a Pinterest board. Jon appreciates feedback very much and I encourage you to please leave comments there on what you’d like to see from him.

MLB.com has the only traveling network of 30 beat reporters and there are some ongoing changes in beat assignments that you’ll want to know about. The list is to the right here and all the writers involved have used their blogs to discuss their moves for 2012. Alden Gonzalez now covers the Angels, Jen Langosch is moving over to the Cardinals to replace our first-ever MLB.com beat reporter/blogger, Matthew Leach, who has a new MLB.com gig coming up. Longtime MLB national writer Tom Singer is returning to his roots in Pittsburgh to replace Jen on the Pirates beat. We wish them all the best in their new roles and look forward to more great blogging!

In 2012, you will see more really cool changes as we continue to advance with the times. Part of that will be a way to find a lot of MLB.com Blogs through shares, likes and popularity. We’re discussing a number of aggregators we like — Punchfork, for example — and I would really love to hear from YOU in the comments here. How should MLB.com surface and showcase our MLBlogs? Included would be (only) any blogs started at MLB.com/blogs and any of the millions of WordPress.com bloggers who choose our MLB themes. Hey, we all have Facebook and Twitter, but you need a baseball blog for more long-form thoughts. Our widgets allow you to integrate it all.

For anyone who has joined us since last May, here was the relaunch post after our MLBAM deal with WordPress.com. Reminder that WP handles support for our MLB.com Blogs community, so you may use this community blog for anything you wish but use their support link for fast action on any issues or questions. Have fun blogging and look for the next installment of Latest Leaders right here after we test out an IT Band issue over 26.2 miles of South Beach, Coconut Grove and other great places.

Top 100 MLBloggers: Get your badge!

Congratulations again to all our Top 100 MLB.com Blogs for 2011. If your blog made the list you’ve earned a Top 100 badge to proudly display in your sidebar. Here’s how to make it happen:

1. Log in to your blog’s dashboard.

2. Go to Appearance > Widgets.

3. Grab the Image widget from the list of available widgets in the middle of the window (they’re in alphabetical order), and drag it over to the top of your active widgets in the Sidebar section on the right side.

4. Enter ONLY the following information in the Image widget.
Image URL: https://mlblogsmlblogs.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/top100mlblogs.png
Alternate text: Top 100 MLB.com Blogs
Width: 300 Height: 50
Link URL: http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/2012/01/05/2011-top-100-mlb-com-blogs/

5. Hit Save and you’re all set. The badge should display at the top of your blog’s sidebar, just as it does in this blog.

2011 Top 100 MLB.com Blogs

Latest Leaders logoCongratulations to everyone who made the annual Top 100 MLB.com Blogs list in 2011, measured in page views for the full year. It was a year in which the Phillies topped the regular season in wins, and also a year in which MLB.com Phillies beat reporter Todd Zolecki topped all bloggers as the overall king of MLBlogs. The MLB.com Hot Stove Blog led the way in the PRO 100 division, ahead of Jamie Ramsey’s Better Off Red, Alyson Footer of the Astros, and Keith Olbermann. Baseball snagger and author Zack Hample edged Rays Renegade to top the FAN 100 list. See if you can make our 2012 list!

Here are your 2011 Latest Leaders, based on page views from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31:

1. MLB.com Hot Stove Blog
2. Better Off Red
3. Alyson’s Footnotes
4. Baseball Nerd
5. MLB.com Fantasy 411
6. Bloomberg Sports
7. John & Cait…Plus Nine
8. Inside the Dodgers
9. Comerica Park, 48201
10. Beat the Streak Report
11. Ben’s Biz Blog
12. The Byrd’s Nest
13. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
14. Around the Horn in KC
15. The USA Baseball 16U Blog
16. Tommy Lasorda’s World
17. Guestbook for fans supporting Gary Carter
Update 2/16/12: We in MLB are saddened by Gary’s passing and have created a new guestbook for fans to leave condolences and share memories of the Hall of Famer.
18. The Veteran and the Rook *
19. CastroTurf
20. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
21. Inside the White Sox
22. Phillies Insider
23. Heard It From Hoard
24. rallymonkeys
25. Newberg Report
26. SFGiantScoop
27. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
28. The USA Baseball 14U Blog
30. Curly W Live
31. Ozzie Speaks
33. Great Scot!
34. Cubs Vine Line Blog
35. Rattler Radio
36. MLB Urban Youth Academy
37. The LumberBlog
38. Dodgers Photog Blog
39. The D-blog
40. ‘Riders Insider Blog
41. @MLB Twitter Blog
42. ‘Cats Corner
43. Above the Plate
44. Padre Knows Best
45. Clubhouse Confidential
46. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
47. Kara’s Hot Corner
48. Official Twins Fan Guestbook
49. Our Game
50. Torii’s Storiis
51. Cooperstown Chatter
52. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
53. The Watson Files
54. AFL Prospects
55. Padres hispanos
56. Fantasy Freddie
57. Baltimore Orioles Fan Guestbook
58. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
60. Is this thing on?
61. Chirp Chatter
62. Yard Work
63. Red Sox DestiNATIONs
64. The Dish
65. Inside the Chiefs
66. Official Cardinals Fan Guestbook
67. Desde el Desierto
68. Delmarva Shorebirds Blog
69. Ozzie Habla
70. The Cutoff Man
71. The Schlact Stories
72. Bird Droppings
73. Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp
74. Royals Then, Now & Forever
75. Salem Sox Talk
76. Unlocking the Keys
77. Marlins New Ballpark
78. From the Nest
79. The Mitchell Report & Livin’ La Vida Leo
80. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
81. Docking With the Ports
82. Rollin’ with Rick
83. MiLB Snap Shots
84. BTF Today
85. Tony Schiavone Blog
86. Indians Off the Field
87. Colorado Springs Sky Sox Official Team Blog
88. Medias Blancas con Orgullo
89. The Sprouting News
90. Extra Innings with the KCrew
91. An Astros Minute
92. A’s Ticket Services
93. Diamond Digs with Daniel Descalso
94. Wings Things-official blog of the Rochester Red Wings
95. Catching Z’s
96. Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis
97. Bees Wax
98. Disco Hayes
99. Kaat’s Korner
100. Boomskie on Baseball

* Mark Derosa (“The Veteran”) has since signed with the Nationals.

1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. Red State Blue State
4. Rockpile Rant
5. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
6. Unfinished Business
7. The Three Bs
8. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
9. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
10. Phillies Phollowers
11. Counting Baseballs
12. Hands off my Pirates Booty
13. Beisbol 007
14. The Pittsburgh Peas
15. Pinstripe Birthdays
16. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
17. The Closer
18. Dodgerfilms
19. The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
20. Rockin’ Redlegs
21. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
22. FutureAngels.com
23. Well Played Mauer
24. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
25. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
26. Rowland’s Office
27. This is a very simple game…
28. The Yankee Dinosaur
29. Observing Baseball
30. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
31. BlueBattingHelmet
32. The Phanatic Addict
33. 2131 and Beyond
34. The Ballpark Guide
35. The Unbiased MLB Fan
36. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
37. The 1 Constant
38. The Baseball Haven
39. Art of the Pale Hose
40. Strictly Cubs Baseball
41. The Cartoon Bird
42. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
43. The Rays Rant
44. baseballqueen
45. Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary
46. A Misplaced Astros Fan
47. Plushdamentals
48. mlbblogger
49. Justine’s Baseball Journey
50. Amazine
51. Blue Jays Nest
52. Collection of Baseball
53. Minoring In Baseball
54. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
55. Reds Country
56. Phillies Red Pinstripes
57. Cambios y Curvas
58. Red Sox Nation Daily
59. King of Cali
60. The Cub Den
61. All Things Pirates: Breaking down the Buccos
62. Brewers Rumors
63. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
64. The Brewer Nation
65. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
66. Nyjer Morgan Fan Club
67. The Baseball Daily
68. Perfect Pitch
69. Perpetual Padres Saga
70. El Designado
71. Confessions Of A Baseball Fan
72. A Girl’s View of the Brewers and Other Related Baseball Things
73. Cardinal Girl
74. Major League Ballhawk
75. LEAVes of Dodger Blue
76. World Series 41, Rangers Fan 1
77. steel city ballhawk
78. Linea de Primera
79. The Wizard of Ozzie
80. Thomas’ Trolley
81. Pop Fly Boys
82. Stuck On Prospects
83. Rox Addict
84. The Best Sox Blog
85. Tale Of The Tigers
86. (:> Bird Brained
87. Wrigley Regular
88. The Brawn of Braun
89. Fish Fry
90. Prose and Ivy
91. Totally Tribe
92. eltubeyero22
93. San Francisco Giants Stuff
94. The Heirloom
95. Baseball Addict
96. The Hitless Wonders
97. Cream City Cables
98. fenway fruitgirl: BEHIND THE NET
99. Soxoholics
100. Ballpark Banter

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

Note: We’ve omitted the WordPress.com blogs using MLB themes that have no baseball content, and MLBloggers are reminded that they will only be tracked for Latest Leaders traffic if they are using an MLB theme.

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