July 10th, 2012

Around the MLB.com Blogs, KC edition

So, speaking of Billy Butler . . .

Happy All-Star Day from Kansas City, where the fountains are blue and filled with Prince Fielder home runs. Before heading over to FanFest and then to the Plaza for the Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet, I just wanted to check in with our great MLB.com Blogs community and update you on stuff.

As you’ve no doubt noticed, we at Major League Baseball Advanced Media have just integrated advertisements into all MLB.com Blogs like this one. These blogs are part of our overall MLB.com universe, so the same display ads that appear throughout the MLB sites will now be on all MLBlogs.

This is a permanent addition. I’d also like to remind you that since we launched in 2005 with Tommy Lasorda’s first post, MLB.com Blogs is the only blog platform on the Internet where you can legally use MLB marks and logos. . . .

The midpoint of the season is a great time to take stock of this preseason predictions, as MLB Network’s Mitch Williams has done in his latest post. And Mitch does so in his own inimitable style, mixing the analysis of a former pro with a healthy dose of opinion. . . .

Jamie Ramsey is hosting an All-Star Game watch party — look for it, Reds fans. . . . Great use of embedding MLB.com video by our friend Emily at Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. . . .

The All-Star break gives Ben Rouse a chance to catch his breath and rest up for the stretch run of his epic 162-game odyssey. In his final post of the unofficial first half of the season, Ben provides some eye-opening stats about his adventure. . . .

Enjoy this Home Run Derby and Tuesday’s 83rd All-Star Game, which starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX. Then get ready for what promises to be an amazing second half of the regular season as we continue a baseball season that is shaping up as one for the ages.

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