March 2013

Hope everyone will take a look at Curt Smith’s blog and follow it via email. The author of many baseball broadcasting books and former Presidential speechwriter has been a part of our Blogs community since our charter season in 2005, and we’re very appreciative of his posts. Great look back at Joe Garagiola’s career in the wake of his recent retirement. Two legends, one chronicling the other.

Voices of The Game

“Kennedy was, whether for good or bad, an enormously large figure,” Theodore H. White wrote of America’s first Catholic president. “Historically, he was a gate-keeper. He unlatched the gate and through the door marched Catholics, blacks, and Jews, and ethnics, women, youth, academics, newspersons, and an entirely new breed of politician.”

Joe Garagiola, 87, an exceedingly large baseball figure, recently retired after 58 years behind the mike, including the last 18 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He unlatched a 1950s and ‘60s gate for urban, ethnic, and, with Dizzy Dean, an entirely new breed of announcer – the ex-jock-turned funnyman. It is a gate that will never close.

Humor obscured how Joe G. asked for little, worked like a dog, and helped found the Baseball Assistance Team. “I went though life as a [1946-54] player to be named later,” Garagiola said in a typical witticism. Ordinary on the field, he has…

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People you meet on the way to Opening Day

Major League Baseball games are real starting a week from this weekend, and the Blogs community is steamrolling toward its eighth birthday by featuring a lot of newcomers of note.

X-Country DriveathonJaye Maddon, wife of Rays manager Joe Maddon, is focused on two dashboards right now: One to drive across the country for a good cause and one to blog all about it. Join her and her dogs Winston and Athena on the Cross-Country Driveathon and leave lots of comments to keep them company on the way. You can donate a penny per mile to help Pet Pal while you’re at it.

Oakland A’s third baseman Eric Sogard just started blogging, and you’ll love his view: From behind his omnipresent Kaenon glasses. The posts are from Soge, but he will be writing in third person this season, so technically his eyewear is authoring this blog. Read his welcome post and join the commenters.

Imagine you have been drafted by the Cardinals and are making your way up the organizational ladder with your sights set on Busch Stadium somewhere in the near future? That is the path of pitcher Jordan Swagerty, a Redbirds’ 2010 First-Year Player Draft selection, and he just relaunched his Blog, Walking with a Swagerty.

And get to know CardinalsFarm, a fan blog created in January and already up to 1,571 followers as of this post. They not only know all about Swagerty, but about everyone on their way to The Show in Redbird Nation.

The last time I saw Gregor Blanco in person, champagne was being dumped on his head and I had to pull him away from some celebrating with Pablo Sandoval to tape a Meet the Bloggers video. Good to see that the White Shark has returned to the MLBlogosphere. Join the Giants outfielder on his blog again for the ride.

While you’re at it, say hi to his teammates, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford. They have stayed busy at blogging, and we are proud to have them here amongst our own postings.

Don’t miss these posts

Mitch Williams: The MLB Network analyst and former closer just posted his World Baseball Classic entry. Comment him galore.

One Strike Away…Twice!: “Baseball is about accomplishment, setting goals and succeeding.” Get to know this Rangers fan blogger.

Curly W: Nats By The Numbers Bobblehead Trivia Challenge.

Tribevibe: Indians fan correspondent @ClevelandChick gives her top 5 observations from Spring Training in Goodyear.

Around the Horn in KC: Their PR dept blog just posted today on the start of Royals HOF balloting.

Clubhouse Confidential: A’s Director of Public Relations Bob Rose has been posting on the club’s Clubhouse Confidential blog since 2009, and he devotes his latest entry to “shining gems like Shane Peterson, Michael Choice and Addison Russell.”

John & Cait Plus Nine: What’s new at Miller Park?

Visit our PRO BLOGS roster anytime and see what else is new. That is always the most updated list of blogs with these themes, which are made available to members of the MLB Family. More player blogs are on the way, big-leaguers and prospects.

Please be sure to leave comments RIGHT HERE promoting your latest posts, and always include your full URL as an easy link. Do the same on other blogs around this community, and that’s a sure-fire way to be on our monthly Blogs Latest Leaders.

Tip: Drag the Twitter and Facebook widgets to your side panel so your blog can serve as a hub for your social media activity, if you haven’t already. It’s an easy way to promote your blog.

Watch the video at the bottom and get all the Harlem Shake descriptions in the post. What everyone in baseball has been buzzing about all day…



According to Nick Swisher, Monday’s filming of the Tribe’s Harlem Shake video was “Bring your own costume Monday!” And boy did he and his teammates ever. Here is the roster of the downright ridiculous costumes on display in the Tribe Town 216 edition.

Parrot: Jason Kipnis (costume courtesy of Vinnie Pestano)

Ohio State football star: Nick Swisher

Green man: Jason Giambi

Big baby: Terry Francona

Prisoner: Sandy Alomar, Jr.

Camo man: Mark Reynolds

Human bear: Justin Masterson

Lloyd Christmas & Harry Dunne (from “Dumb and Dumber”): David Huff & Chris Perez

Mario: Lonnie Chisenhall

Two Luigis: Mike Sarbaugh & Brian Jeroloman

Nerd: Michael Brantley

Flamingo wrangler: Cody Allen

Reno 911! cop: Ubaldo Jimenez

Hot dog with beard: Nick Hagadone

Disco man: Carlos Carrasco

Ironman: Drew Stubbs

Scarecrow: Trevor Bauer

Mummies: Juan Diaz & Michael Bourn

WWE wrestler: Brett Myers

Two Gumbies: Mike McDade & Scott Barnes

Two Easter bunnies: Rich…

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Here’s the latest post from Giants 1B Brandon Belt…

Brandon and Brandon

Some of you might have seen an unusual tweet from me two days ago.

“I want to compliment you @channingtatum, you got a rockin bod in Magic Mike #winkyface”.

People tweeted back that they hoped I had gotten hacked. Someone told me I was weird. “You’re not wrong,’’ I tweeted back. Someone else wondered if Haylee had taken my phone and written it. She immediately tweeted that she had nothing to do with it. For an hour, I couldn’t explain my tweet. That was part of the bet.

This was the brainchild of my warped locker mate, Gary Brown. He bet he could beat me in miniature golf. No problem. I was the king of the windmills. Then I lost. I figured he’d make me tweet that he was the new king and I bowed to him. Instead he came up with Channing Tatum.

So when the hour was up…

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Latest Leaders – February 2013

Latest Leaders logoWith preparations for the season going full steam in sunny locales, Bloggers also are gearing up for the 2013 campaign. Your February Latest Leaders are rounding into form nicely. From repeat leaders like overall top-ranked blog Muskat Ramblings and king of the Fan blogs, Rays Renegade, to new Pro Blog leader SF Giants Photos and rookies like Major-League Obie Role-Based Projection System and The Baseball Sociologist. Congratulations to everyone in this month’s list!

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from Feb. 1-28:

1. SF Giants Photos
2. Better Off Red
3. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
4. Dodgers Photog Blog
5. Curly W Live
6. Fantasy 411
7. Baseball Nerd
8. John & Cait…Plus Nine
9. Cubs Vine Line Blog
10.’s PROSPECTive Blog
11. TribeVibe
12. Ben’s Biz Blog
13. Brandon and Brandon
14. CastroTurf
15. So I Married A Baseball Player…
16. Hot Stove
17. Blogs Central (lol)
18. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
19. Phillies Insider
20. Justice4U
22. Our Game
23. Around the Horn in KC
24. Cooperstown Chatter
25. Inside the San Jose Giants
26. *touch* ’em all
27. Alyson’s Footnotes
28. Newberg Report
29. Inside the White Sox
30. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
31. Unlocking the Keys
32. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife
33. Rattler Radio
34. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
35. Clubhouse Confidential
36. Porcupines in Pinstripes
37. Desde el Desierto
38. Comerica Park, 48201
39. Wild Things
40. Rays Radio
41. The Dash Board
42. It’s All Relative
43. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
44. The Sprouting News
45. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
46. ‘Riders Insider Blog
47. ‘Cats Corner
48. The Futurists
49. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
50. Chirp Chatter

1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. The Brewer Nation
4. The AustralianBaseballDigest
5. A’s Farm
6. mlbblogger
7. The Unbiased MLB Fan
8. The Baseball Haven
9. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
10. Pinstripe Birthdays
11. Beisbol 007
12. 7000 Coliseum Way
13. 9 Inning Know It All
14. Dodger Blue World
15. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
16. Rockpile Rant
17. The Ballpark Guide
18. Minoring In Baseball
19. Phillies Phollowers
20. CardinalsFarm
21. BrokeMets
22. Brewers Rumors
23. Observing Baseball
24. Three Up, Three Down
25. Ballparks on a Budget
26. Born on Third
27. A Piece of The Game
28. Formerly Fausto: A Baseball Blog
29. Cream City Cables
30. Heard It From Hoard
31. TheCutoffMan
32. The Rays Rant
33. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
34. Battling Bucs
35. Major-League Obie Role-Based Projection System
36. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
37. Rockin’ Redlegs
38. Where Everyone’s a Giant
39. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
40. The Best MLBlog
41. eltubeyero22
42. This is a very simple game…
43. If You Write It, They Will Come
44. The Baseball Sociologist
45. Reds Country
46. baseballqueen
47. The Angels’ Ace
48. The Cub Den
49. Pedro Beato Fan Club
50. I’m Not A Headline Guy…

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

Brett, Howard, Bautista and videos everywhere

Are you embedding videos yet or still just posting all your thoughts in text? It’s easy. Just find an video, click the Embed link, copy the code and paste it right here — like George Brett punking fans or a couple of moonshots:

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