August 2012

Around the MLB.com Blogs

We’re entering the peak period in the baseball calendar, and we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some blogs we think would enhance your fan experience down the stretch and into the Postseason.

Mitch Williams is bringing the same straight talk you get in the studio on MLB Network to his blog, Wild Things. His combination of knowledge of the game from an 11-year Major League career and his no-nonsense attitude make his blog a fascinating read. Make sure you’ve subscribed to Mitch’s blog to get email notifications of new posts, as he loves to weigh in on hot stories. While you’re at it, we also strongly recommend doing the same for Justice4U, where MLB.com Executive Correspondent Richard Justice gives his unique take on happenings around the game.

Major League clubs continue to make great use of blogs to connect with fans. The Dodgers have been front and center in the news recently with their recent blockbuster acquisitions, and Jon SooHoo has been sharing great photos in his Dodgers Photog Blog. It’s been a truly memorable second half of the season for the streaking Reds, and Jamie Ramsey continues to entertain and inform with Better Off Red. If you’re a Yankee fan, you really should be reading The Cutoff Man, as veteran journalist and national secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Jack O’Connell covers the Bombers in full detail.

Our blogging community includes a pair of baseball spouses, whose blogs are must-reads. Dallas Latos interacts with fans — including fielding questions from her readers — and provides a look inside the life of a Major League wife. Over at So I Married a Baseball Player… she blogged recently about her travel habits when she heads out on the road with the Reds. Camille Campins Adams is the wife of Yankees prospect David Adams, and her My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife blog chronicles the life of a young couple trying to balance both marriage and baseball. She writes openly and thoughtfully about the ups and downs they encounter together along the way on the path to the big leagues.

As we head into the home stretch of the regular season — and with an extra Wild Card spot available in each league this year — fans are catching pennant chase fever. Matthew at (What’s the Story) Nationals Glory? is enjoying the team’s breakout season, while More Splash Hits is hoping the Giants can hold on atop the NL West. Speaking of the NL West, Dodgers fans like Crzblue are positively buzzing about their team’s mid-season makeover.

Another veteran fan blog, Bottom of the Ninth, has been with us since early 2009, and they’re continuing to provide an excellent analysis of the Yankees as they look to claim another AL East crown. After coming up just agonizingly short of a World Series title the past two seasons, One Strike Away… Twice! is hoping for a different ending this time around for what has so far been a sensational season for the Rangers. O Say is enjoying the rarest of occurrences — the bill you’re happy to get — as the Orioles are planning for the Postseason by sending out ticket invoices.

And no matter which side you support, with this being the political season, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give a shout out to perennial Latest Leaders heavyweight Red State Blue State, who are into their fifth season making us chuckle with their witty blend of baseball and politics.

Finally, we can’t tell you much at this early stage, but some very exciting enchancements are coming to MLB.com Blogs this offseason. Yes, we’ve heard your requests for new MLB themes, and these are part of this initiative — along with some things that we hope will help bloggers get their writing in front of new eyes and make it even easier for readers to find new blogs and writing about a particular topic.

MLB.com/blogs Latest Leaders – July 2012

Latest Leaders logoWe’re into the final third of the season at MLB.com/blogs and the Trade Deadline has passed. Not surprisingly, the Trade Buzz behemoth rode that excitement to the overall top spot, as MLB.com’s team of beat writers kept us all up to date on the very latest on the trade front. Elsewhere in the MLB PRO Division, Camille Campins Adams, wife of Yankees prospect David Adams, jumps past Mitch Williams to make her Latest Leaders debut with My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife. While the Oakland A’s have blossomed this season, so has A’s Farm, which continues to climb the FAN rankings all the way now to sixth. July was a big month for Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo and also for Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat, who cleans up in the Beat Reporter standings. Congratulations to all who made the list, and remember to always leave your full URL with comments here and use TW/FB widgets to help grow your following.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from July 1-31:

MLB PRO
1. Trade Buzz
2. Better Off Red
3. SF Giants Photos
4. The USA Baseball 14U Blog
5. MLB.com Fantasy 411
6. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
7. Baseball Nerd
8. Curly W Live
9. Brandon and Brandon
10. Ben’s Biz Blog
11. Dodgers Photog Blog
12. John & Cait…Plus Nine
13. TribeVibe
14. Alyson’s Footnotes
15. 45 Miles From Fenway
16. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
17. Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162
18. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
19. Around the Horn in KC
20. The Dash Board
21. Phillies Insider
22. The USA Baseball 17U Blog
23. The USA Baseball 15U National Team Blog
24. Express Tracks
25. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
26. White Shark
27. Rattler Radio
28. Cooperstown Chatter
29. Desde el Desierto
30. MLB Urban Youth Academy
31. Above the Plate
32. CastroTurf
33. Our Game
34. Cubs Vine Line Blog
35. Inside the White Sox
36. The G-Blog
37. Clubhouse Confidential
38. Newberg Report
39. The Sprouting News
40. Inside the Jackson Generals
41. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
42. ‘Cats Corner
43. ‘Riders Insider Blog
44. The Futurists
45. It’s All Relative
46. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife
47. Roof Report
48. Bloomberg Sports
49. Wild Things
50. Canadians Clippings

FANS
1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. The AustralianBaseballDigest
4. The Brewer Nation
5. Red State Blue State
6. A’s Farm
7. Beisbol 007
8. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
9. Counting Baseballs
10. Born on Third
11. Rockpile Rant
12. The Ballpark Guide
13. mlbblogger
14. Pinstripe Birthdays
15. Brewers Rumors
16. Phillies Phollowers
17. The Baseball Haven
18. Observing Baseball
19. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
20. Three Up, Three Down
21. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
22. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
23. The Unbiased MLB Fan
24. Cream City Cables
25. Rockin’ Redlegs
26. TheCutoffMan
27. Minoring In Baseball
28. Fish Fry
29. baseballqueen
30. This is a very simple game…
31. The Rays Rant
32. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
33. Royal Blues
34. All Things Pirates: Breaking down the Buccos
35. The Yankee Dinosaur
36. More Splash Hits
37. 9 Inning Know It All
38. Rox Addict
39. Ballparks on a Budget
40. Grab Some Bench!
41. If You Write It, They Will Come
42. 1992 And Counting
43. Dyna Mets
44. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
45. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
46. Battling Bucs
47. eltubeyero22
48. Phillies Red Pinstripes
49. Wrigley Regular
50. swingingbuntz

Discover more great Fan blogs like:
The Fix MLB Report
2r2d
The ‘Stros Bros
Everything Pro Ball

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

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.

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