April 2012

Around the MLB.com Blogs

Has it ever been better than the Summer of 1941 in Major League Baseball? As good as last year was and as good as this year could be, one blogger sees the legend of that season as untouchable as Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak or the last .400 season, by Ted Williams. Take a look back on Summer of ’41 Forever and let the author know what you think.

MLB Network’s Mitch Williams started his Wild Things blog earlier this year, and he’s hit the ground running. The former closer’s latest post outlines why he thinks the Rangers will be back in the Fall Classic for the third year running. See what Mitch has to say and leave him some feedback with a comment.

3 Up, 3 Down is an ambitious project by six fans — one per division — who are serving up all kinds of fresh content for their readers. They’ve got a podcast. They picked preseason all-division teams. And of course they’re giving their takes on the latest happenings from around the game.

Meanwhile, Ben Rouse continues to bring fans along for the ride on his Brewers Mission 162 to raise funds and awareness for a great cause, Be The Match. Live vicariously through Ben as he takes in every single 2012 Brewers regular season game in person and chronicles the incredible experience in his blog.

Over at The Baseball Haven, Evan Vogel is having some Fun With Projections, taking some of the early numbers from around baseball and projecting what they’d look like over the full 162 games.

Beach season will be here before we know it, so make sure you stay on top of the latest must-reads for baseball fans with the Baseball Books blog. Read reviews, leave your two cents in the comments, and see where to buy these books. Or write up your own book review like Jenn at Phillies Phollowers and it may get highlighted with an excerpt and link like hers did.

What MLB.com Blogs do you find yourself reading most often these days?

Latest Leaders – March 2012

Latest Leaders logoHappy Opening Day! The March 2012 Latest Leaders rounded into fine form as Spring Training wound down. We have a number of rookies making their debut on this list, like TribeVibe and 3 Up, 3 Down, as well as some very familiar names. Celebrate the new season by discovering some new blogs!

Here are last month’s top blogs ranked by page views from Mar. 1-31:

MLB PRO
1. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
2. MLB.com Fantasy 411
3. SF Giants Photos
4. Better Off Red
5. Alyson’s Footnotes
6. Ben’s Biz Blog
7. Baseball Nerd
8. Far East Division
9. So I Married A Baseball Player…
10. Dodgers Photog Blog
11. John & Cait…Plus Nine
12. Phillies Insider
13. Curly W Live
14. The Byrd’s Nest
15. Around the Horn in KC
16. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
17. Inside the White Sox
18. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
19. Bloomberg Sports
20. 45 Miles From Fenway
21. Tommy Lasorda’s World
22. Comerica Park, 48201
23. Athletics in Japan: Opening Series 2012
24. CastroTurf
25. Our Game
26. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
27. Rattler Radio
28. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
29. Cubs Vine Line Blog
30. Newberg Report
31. Cooperstown Chatter
32. TribeVibe
33. ‘Cats Corner
34. The Dash Board
35. Clubhouse Confidential
36. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
37. Justice4U
38. Fantasy Freddie
39. Kaat’s Korner
40. Padre Knows Best
41. MLB Urban Youth Academy
42. Above the Plate
43. Heard It From Hoard
44. Unlocking the Keys
45. Yard Work
46. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
47. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
48.  The Mitchell Report & Livin’ La Vida Leo
49. It’s All Relative
50. ‘Topes Tattler

FAN
1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. Counting Baseballs
4. Red State Blue State
5. nybisons
6. Beisbol 007
7. Rockpile Rant
8. mlbblogger
9. The Brewer Nation
10. BlueBattingHelmet
11. TexasRangers_HQ
12. The Unbiased MLB Fan
13. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
14. gojays
15. A’s Farm
16. Pinstripe Birthdays
17. Phillies Phollowers
18. The Ballpark Guide
19. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
20. Brewers Rumors
21. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
22. The Rays Rant
23. westsideculture
24. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
25. Observing Baseball
26. The Pittsburgh Peas
27. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
28. Plushdamentals
29. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
30. Fish Fry
31. Collection of Baseball
32. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
33. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
34. This is a very simple game…
35. Unfinished Business
36. The Yankee Dinosaur
37. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
38. Minoring In Baseball
39. The Baseball Haven
40. Rockin’ Redlegs
41. Cream City Cables
42. 3 Up, 3 Down
43. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
44. baseballqueen
45. Los bigleaguers
46. Bleacher Boy
47. 1992 And Counting
48. Born on Third
49.  The Phanatic Addict
50. The Phil Naessens Show

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
1. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
2. Muskat Ramblings
3. Beck’s Blog
4. The Zo Zone
5. Bombers Beat
6. Mark My Word
7. Bowman’s Blog
8. Britt’s Bird Watch
9. Postcards From Elysian Fields
10. North of the Border
11. Mariners Musings
12. Brownie Points
13. Bollinger Beat
14. Major League Bastian
15. Brew Beat
16. Tag’s Lines
17. Change for a Nickel
18. Haft-Baked Ideas
19. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
20. The Fish Pond

Reminder: Blogs only can be tracked for this list if they use an MLB theme. If you switch to a different WordPress.com theme for a day or two during that month, those page views will not be included for these purposes because they cannot be recorded by MLB.com.

Introducing: Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162

We’d like to introduce Ben Rouse. Ben’s a dedicated Milwaukee Brewers fan with a remarkable story that includes successful treatment for leukemia a few years back. With the assistance of the Brewers, he’ll be attending all 162 of the team’s regular season games this season to raise awareness and funds for the Be The Match Registry — a life-saving national bone marrow donor program. Ben will be blogging about his epic journey every step of the way in his Brewers Mission 162 blog. Drop by and welcome him to our blogging community!

Here’s the full release from the club:

Brewers Mission 162 to Send Ben Rouse to All 162 Brewers Games in 2012

Effort to Raise Awareness for Be The Match®

MILWAUKEE – Season seat holder Ben Rouse has a dream to attend all 162 Brewers games in one season. In 2012, at the age of 25, he is “retiring early,” following his dream, and embarking on a quest he has dubbed “Brewers Mission 162.” Rouse reached out to the Brewers, and they are pitching in to help support him on the mission.

Rouse is not your average Brewers fan. In April 2007, he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He underwent treatment and it went into remission before it relapsed in 2009, and the search for a bone marrow donor began. The search resulted in Rouse receiving a matching umbilical cord blood transplant on Oct. 2, 2009.

Rouse is healthy again and looking forward to what life has to offer. This has led Rouse to include a focus on raising awareness for the organization “Be The Match ®,” in his Brewers Mission 162 travels. Be The Match operates the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units.

The Brewers are supporting Rouse and his mission by upgrading his current 2012 season ticket package so he can attend all 81 regular season home games.  The Brewers will also provide him with one game ticket to every road game, a per diem for food and beverage for all 162 games, as well as Brewers licensed apparel.

“Ben is a remarkable young man with a great story to tell,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “When Ben approached us, he was not asking for assistance. But as we listened to his plans, we realized we could help carry his message to a larger audience and make critical differences to the lives of many.”

Throughout his mission, fans will be encouraged to visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/ben a site created by Be The Match Foundation for people to make a financial contribution and learn more about the cause.

“It took a near death experience to make me realize that you only live once, and if you want to do something, you should do it now,” Rouse said. “My initial goal was to attend all 162 games, but the interest and support the Brewers have shown has inspired me to make this bigger than myself. If only one person joins the donor registry or makes a donation because of me, it would make this journey worth it. I have always admired people who found a way to make a difference, and I feel as though this mission has presented me with an opportunity to do just that.”

Rouse will participate in broadcast appearances on FOX Sports Wisconsin during the season to discuss Brewers Mission 162. He will also write a blog about his experience for Brewers.com.

“We are proud to work with Ben and support our shared mission to help all patients in need of a marrow transplant,” said Christine Fleming, president, Be The Match Foundation. “His amazing journey is an inspiration for us all.”

Originally from Fort Atkinson, Wis., and now a resident of Madison, Rouse graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in economics.  He has attended 278 Brewers games in his life, including 50 on the road.

About Be The Match®

Be The Match helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can join the Be The Match Registry® – the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units – contribute financially and volunteer. Patients and their families can also turn to Be The Match for support and resources before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. For more information, visit BeTheMatch.org or call (800) MARROW-2.

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