December 2013

Happy Holidays from MLB.com Blogs!

Happy Holidays from MLB.com Blogs!

As you can see by the animated snowfall here on the MLB.com Blogs community hub, there are no baseball games today.

We are here with our 553rd career post (two shy of Manny) to welcome Winter and Christmas and what is regarded in popular culture as “the most wonderful time of the year.” Opening Day probably can stake a legitimate claim for that title, but hey, we are caught up in the holiday spirit right now and we just wanted to wish the best of times with family and friends to you here in the Major League Baseball blogging community.

King Bingley and his ornament friend wish you good tidingsWant to see the flakes fall on your blog? Just go to “Settings” in your WordPress.com dashboard, and at the bottom select “Snow.” It will drop the white stuff on your blog until Jan. 4, and the best part is, you won’t have to do any shoveling like I already have done twice so far in the New York City suburbs, breaking one shovel in the process. No one ever says, “How can you not be romantic about shoveling snow?” Plus, my English Bulldog King Bingley gets a kick out of trying to chew the shovel blade each time I plunge it at the sidewalk, so it goes twice as slow. He thinks I’m playing.

I hope you found nice gifts for everyone. I have been dishing out MLB.com Shop tips since before Black Friday as the annual MLB.com Gift Guru, and once 9 p.m. ET arrives on Monday (deadline for overnight shipping), the best advice I can give you is an MLB.com Online Gift Certificate, 2014 MLB.TV Premium or our ridiculously popular At Bat app.

Safe traveling if you are among the 70-million-plus Americans expected to hit the road. We don’t have groundskeepers like Murray Cook to follow you around so watch out for yourself. I had to race to beat the Thanksgiving-week weather system that pushed north from the Gulf of Mexico, so I found myself driving the full state of Pennsylvania starting at 8 p.m. that Monday and diving into a motel at 5 in the morning. We made it into Ohio before most of that ice moved in. It was nice to drive through Cincinnati and see Great American Ball Park in offseason slumber along the highway. Our bulldog hated the trip and spent back-to-back nights at an all-night pet hospital due to upper-respiratory infection. We tend to be way too much like Chevy Chase “Vacation” movies in real life so the next couple of weeks it is time for chill mode at home in New York and somehow stick to a 12-week training program for the ASICS LA Marathon on March 9. What about you?

We’d love to see any holiday-themed posts you have, so please feel free to leave a comment here with the full URL so everyone can find their way to your blog. Once they get there, you should have the “Follow This Blog” widget prominently displayed high on your side panel, so we can all subscribe and then be notified whenever you post. That’s my top tip to everyone.

As a general housekeeping note, please be on the lookout for our annual MLB.com Blogs Top 100 rankings roughly around Jan. 6, give or take a couple of days. As usual, it will be accompanied with a handy-dandy badge like the one you see in the side panel of this blog, so anyone who makes the list can proudly show off their accomplishment. We will rank in a variety of categories as always. I will pull our Omniture page-view data from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, and once we’re back to work we’ll start compiling the lists. Be sure you enter your email to follow this blog on the right so you will see that post immediately!

HOLIDAY FARE

Enjoy these posts below while you warm by the yuletide log…and Happy Holidays again! – Mark

http://groundskeeper.mlblogs.com/2013/12/21/a-christmas-groundskeeper-story/

http://ramsey.mlblogs.com/2013/12/20/day-four-of-the-umpteen-days-of-christmas/

http://dicomo.mlblogs.com/2013/12/17/the-mets-and-the-curse-of-kris-kringle-2013-edition/

http://philliesinsider.mlblogs.com/2013/12/17/holiday-batting-lineup/

http://brewers.mlblogs.com/2013/12/13/the-womans-guide-to-choosing-the-perfect-holiday-gift/

http://phillies.mlblogs.com/2013/12/13/your-true-love-gave-you-what-now/

http://curlyw.mlblogs.com/2013/12/10/adam-laroche-checks-in-from-2013-chairman-uso-holiday-tour/

http://tribevibe.mlblogs.com/2013/12/13/favorite-holiday-treats-from-the-tribe/

http://pitchinginthecommunity.mlblogs.com/2013/12/21/dodgers-kids-holiday-party-1211-2/

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

The Newberg Report pays tribute to Frick Award winner Eric Nadel as Jamey Newberg flashes back.

John & Cait detail the team’s recently unveiled plans to install a Brewers Wall of Honor at Miller Park.

TribeVibe has Indians GM Chris Antonetti’s comments on the Tribe’s recent trade for pitcher Josh Outman.

Joe Frisaro says Casey McGehee is a cost-effective signing for the Marlins in his Fish Pond blog.

From the Corner of Edgar & Dave welcomes back Franklin Gutierrez after he re-signed with the Mariners.

Step up to B.A.T. features a guest blog post from Baseball Assistance Team volunteer Joe Whelan.

Teen Pro Blogger Matt Nadel highlights his interview with Whitey Herzog in his Baseball with Matt blog.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • Adam LaRoche recently wrapped up an unforgettable USO Holiday Tour and Curly W Live has the story.
  • From the Corner of Edgar & Dave takes readers behind the scenes for Robinson Cano’s big day in Seattle.
  • Cooperstown Chatter was there when Joe Castiglione and Joe Morgan entertained fans at the Hall of Fame.
  • Beat writer Anthony DiComo looks at how The Curse of Kris Kringle has haunted the Mets over the years.
  • Phillies Insider shares a holiday-themed lineup card from the Phillies’ clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Looking for a gift idea for the Reds fan on your list? Better Off Red has 10 fantastic options for you.
  • Tom Singer looks at the impact of the uncertainty over A.J. Burnett’s future on the Pirates’ offseason plans.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • Greg Johns describes the scene at the Mariners’ unveiling of $240 million signing Robinson Cano.
  • Curt Smith profiles 2014 Ford C. Frick Award recipient Eric Nadel in his Voices of the Game blog.
  • TribeVibe looks back at a number of Indians’ favorite moments from 2013, complete with a slideshow.
  • The Nationals encourage fans to join them in a Week of Giving, as Curly W Live details the team’s plans.
  • John & Cait are here to help holiday shoppers with A Woman’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Holiday Gift.
  • In light of some recent contracts, Anthony DiComo thinks the Mets got a pretty good deal in David Wright.
  • 1 Citizens Bank Way spreads holiday cheer with a Phillies-themed version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
  • Beat writer Joe Frisaro examines the Marlins’ unfinished business, including re-signing Giancarlo Stanton.
  • Carrie Muskat writes that Ron Coomer will be joining Cubs radio broadcasts as an analyst in 2014.
  • Rays Radio spoke with executive VP Andrew Friedman at the conclusion of this week’s Winter Meetings.

Latest Leaders – November 2013

Latest Leaders logoAs the Winter Meetings arrive, the Hot Stove blog is already on fire as you can see from our latest MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders for November, based on page views. Last month, our PRO roster grew by two with the launch of front office blogs from the Phillies (1 Citizens Bank Way) and Twins (Twinsiders) — both of which made immediate debuts here. American Idol Scotty McCreery blogged about his Red Sox winning it all, too, so be sure to leave him comments and questions. See the most popular blogs in the best baseball blogging community, and make sure you’re taking advantage of the MLB.com/blogs world created by Major League Baseball Advanced Media and WordPress.com!

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from Nov. 1-30:

MLB PRO
The Hot Stove behomoth claims its customary winter place at the top…
1. Hot Stove
2. Better Off Red
3. John & Cait…Plus Nine
4. TribeVibe
5. SF Giants Photos
6. Curly W Live
7. OutsidePitchMLB
8. Dodgers Photog Blog
9. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
10. MLB.com Fantasy 411
11. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
12. Cubs Vine Line Blog
13. Our Game
14. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
15. Phillies Insider
16. So I Married A Baseball Player…
17. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
18. Around the Horn in KC
19. Haley Smilow and Family Ballpark Journey
20. Baseball Books
21. Newberg Report
22. CastroTurf
23. Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords
24. Wild Things
25. Inside the White Sox
26. BERNIE’S BASEBALL WORLD
27. 1 Citizens Bank Way
28. Desde el Desierto
29. Rays Radio
30. Matt’s Bats
31. One More Cup of Coffee
32. Justice4U
33. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
34. Comerica Park, 48201
35. Step up to B.A.T.
36. Voices of The Game
37. Padres hispanos
38. The Cutoff Man
39. Palabras de los Padres
40. Baseball with Matt
41. Beyond the Ballpark
42. Cincinnati Reds Camps
43. Twinsiders
44. MLBPAA Intern Insider
45. Pitching In The Community

MiLB PRO
MLBPipeline.com’s Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis are on the prospect watch…
1. Ben’s Biz Blog
2. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
3. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
4. The Dash Board
5. Rattler Radio
6. Callis’ Corner
7. 45 Miles From Fenway
8. Inside the San Jose Giants
9. Rollin’ with Rick
10. It’s All Relative
11. The Inside Pitch
12. ‘Riders Insider Blog
13. Chirp Chatter
14. ‘Cats Corner
15. Inside the Jackson Generals
16. Cardinals Chirps
17. Knight Fever
18. Porcupines in Pinstripes
19. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
20. CurveBall Blog

FANS
Cove Chatter continues an impressive rise up the rankings…
1. The Baseball Collector
2. The AustralianBaseballDigest
3. Beisbol 007
4. The Unbiased MLB Fan
5. The Brewer Nation
6. Pinstripe Birthdays
7. mlbblogger
8. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
9. A’s Farm
10. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
11. Ballparks on a Budget
12. Cove Chatter
13. The Baseball Haven
14. BrokeMets
15. The Ballpark Guide
16. Dodger Blue World
17. Blue Jays Musings
18. Observing Baseball
19. Minoring In Baseball
20. eltubeyero22
21. Where Everyone’s a Giant
22. MetsProspects.Com
23. OFFSIDEBEISBOL
24. Coco crisp’s afro
25. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
26. 7000 Coliseum Way
27. The Yankee Dinosaur
28. Brewers Farm Report
29. Bleacher Boy
30. A Piece of The Game
31. The Baseball Sociologist
32. The Best MLBlog
33. Why Did My Dad Make Me a Mets Fan?
34. TheCutoffMan
35. Pinstripe State of Mind
36. Put It In The Books
37. Prospects2Pros
38. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
39. Prospect Prawn
40. This is a very simple game…
41. Flashin’ Leather
42. Plouffe’s New Hairdo
43. Conor’s Wicked Cool Baseball Blog
44. Born on Third
45. En Tres y Dos

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
There’s no offseason for the beat writers, who continue to keep you in the know…
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Beck’s Blog
3. Mark My Word
4. The Zo Zone
5. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
6. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
7. Bowman’s Blog
8. Postcards From Elysian Fields
9. Bombers Beat
10. Brownie Points
11. Mariners Musings
12. Tag’s Lines
13. Britt’s Bird Watch
14. Brew Beat
15. The Fish Pond
16. Mets Cetera
17. Major League Bastian
18. Change for a Nickel
19. North of the Border
20. Bollinger Beat

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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