October 2014

Jim Kaat’s Postseason Thoughts

A few months back, I bumped into Jim Kaat on the jam-packed concourse at beautiful Target Field in Minneapolis, just before the start of the All-Star Game. Jim was talking baseball with a few friends, and considering that he spent the first half of a 25-year Major League Baseball career with the Senators/Twins franchise, I am sure he wound up in the middle of a lot of other baseball conversations on that concourse before ever making it to his seat. Jim loves to talk baseball.


Yesterday morning I got an email from Kitty (he is the earliest riser around), who said, “I’m in a blogging mood after watching  the games last weekend.” That, to me, is always a good thing. Kaat is always insightful on baseball, and he never has been one to pull punches in saying what’s on his mind. Today, you can go to Kaat’s Korner and see what he thought of those four Division Series — including why, he says, Clayton Kershaw failure against Matt Adams had nothing to do with pitch counts and everything to do with simply failing to keep a breaking ball low. Go take a look and please leave some comments on his blog…I’ll make sure he sees them and we’ll see if he’ll do a Q&A here.

Latest Leaders – September 2014

Latest Leaders logoThe instant classics of this Major League Baseball postseason have given MLB.com Bloggers plenty to write about. Brandon and Brandon can share first-person accounts of October glory, while the brand-new Cardinals Insider is an absolute must-follow as the Redbirds seek their 12th World Series title. (How fast will it take the 11-time world champs to climb this list, currently dominated at the top by Dodgers?) Interestingly, only one of the top 11 MLB.com Beat Reporter blogs — #7 Britt’s Bird Watch — focuses on a team still alive as of this posting. Get in the game and take the first step to making our Latest Leaders by creating your very own MLB.com Blog, powered by WordPress.com.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from September 1-30:

The photo blogs have great images from the postseason…
1. Dodger Insider
2. Dodgers Photog Blog
3. John & Cait…Plus Nine
4. TribeVibe
5. SF Giants Photos
6. Friar Wire
7. Inside the White Sox
8. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
9. MLB.com Fantasy 411
10. The Halo Way
11. Curly W Live
12. Better Off Red
13. Cubs Vine Line Blog
14. Our Game
15. So I Married A Baseball Player…
16. Astros Mission Control
17. Matt’s Bats
18. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
19. Around the Horn in KC
20. On Cloud Conine
21. OutsidePitchMLB LLC
23. Desde el Desierto
24. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
25. Phillies Insider
26. Comerica Park, 48201
27. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
28. Clubhouse Confidential
29. CastroTurf
30. Braves Give
31. 1 Citizens Bank Way
32. Speaking Baseball
33. Newberg Report
34. Reds Urban Youth Academy
35. A Twinternal Perspective
36. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
37. Twinsiders
38. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
39. Baseball Books
40. Rays Radio
41. Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords
42. Roof Report
44. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
45. Step up to B.A.T.
46. Baseball with Matt
47. The Cutoff Man
49. TVA Jacques
50. Beyond the Ballpark

MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo have the AFL covered…
1. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
2. Ben’s Biz Blog
3. Callis’ Corner
4. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
5. Rollin’ with Rick PawSox
6. The Inside Pitch
7. Rattler Radio
8. 45 Miles From Fenway
9. Inside the San Jose Giants
10. The 2-2 Pitch
11. Inside the Jackson Generals
12. ‘Riders Insider Blog
13. ‘Cats Corner
14. The Dash Board
15. Salem Sox Talk
16. It’s All Relative
17. Hit Bull Win Blog
18. Rolling Thunder
19. Knight Fever
20. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
21. M-Braves Clubhouse Report
22. Unlocking the Keys
23. Docking With the Ports
24. Playing In Peoria
25. Chirp Chatter
26. Porcupines in Pinstripes
27. From the Nest
28. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
29. Red, White and the 3-0 Green Light
30. Rich Burk’s Short Hops

Pepper continues his ascent…
1. Tilted Cap
2. The Baseball Collector
3. Pepper :a Mets Blog
4. The AustralianBaseballDigest
5. Universo Béisbol
6. The Unbiased MLB Fan
7. The Brewer Nation
8. Dedicado al Baseball
9. Beisbol 007
10. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
11. mlbblogger
12. Cove Chatter
13. Dodger Blue World
14. The Ballpark Guide
15. Coco Crisp’s Afro
16. eltubeyero22
17. Fish Fry
18. Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk
19. 81 Giants for 93
20. Dazzy Vance Chronicles
21. The Baseball Haven
22. The Mariners Minute
23. Phillies Phollowers
24. The Canuck Cubbie
25. Pinstripe State of Mind
26. Minoring In Baseball
27. Flashin’ Leather
28. From the Bullpen
29. baseballqueen
30. MLB Prospect Pulse
31. Plouffe’s New Hairdo
32. Gregg’s Baseball Bookcase
33. It’s Always A Good Dre in L.A.
34. The Angels’ Ace
35. Bumgarner Snotrockets
36. The Diamond Nine
37. Born on Third
38. BrokeMets
39. The Yankee Dinosaur
40. Need a Streamer?
41. Desde el Monstruo Verde
42. Big Apple Baseball Blog
43. More Splash Hits
44. Blue Jays Musings
45. Yankees42
46. A Piece of The Game
47. My Orange Crush
48. TheCutoffMan
49. Windy City Hardball
50. Men on Base

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