December 23rd, 2014

The Best of 2014: No. 7, Maddux gets the call

The Cubs are counting down the best moments of 2014, and here’s a look back at the time Greg Maddux took the podium in Cooperstown. Cubs Vine Line Magazine is a longtime PRO blogger around here, and in addition to following their blog, you can subscribe to the magazine here.

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Every baseball season is filled with memorable moments, and this year’s Cubs campaign was no exception. Cornerstone players had bounceback seasons, newer additions stepped up, and top prospects made their big league debuts. To wrap up the year, we asked you to pick your top 10 moments of 2014. From now until the end of the year, we’ll be unveiling one moment per day.

No. 10: Rizzo’s late-season walk-off homer
No. 9: Hendricks makes an easy transition to the bigs
No. 8: Castro, Rizzo named All-Stars

Former Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame—July 27

Greg Maddux making his way into Cooperstown on the first ballot was probably just as much of a certainty as his winning an annual Gold Glove Award or confounding opposing hitters when he took the bump every fifth day. The 6-foot, 170-pound starter may…

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Picking some new blogs out of the rack

Picking a bat is kind of like picking a blog. Sometimes the other ones have more hits.

Picking a bat is kind of like picking a blog. Sometimes the other ones have more hits.

Happy Holidays. I’d like to take this opportunity to re-introduce MLB.com Blogs Central, the community blog for MLB.com and MLB.com/blogs. When you see the new array of bats in the custom theme here, just think of approaching a batrack in a dugout and the fabulous choices at your fingertips. That represents the array of choices you should find as a regular right here.

As you’ve probably noticed lately, we’re now using this blog to highlight much of the excellent, topical content around here with Reblogs of select posts from both MLB PRO and FAN blog themes. We’ll showcase some deserving blogs in this community much more dynamically — in real time as opposed to just once a month. It’s a great way to stay on top of what’s happening around baseball while discovering some quality blogs and growing your own.

So first of all, make sure you’re Following this blog. If you are logged in, you should have a Follow option in the top toolbar. We also recommend subscribing to our email updates via the button in the widget to the right so you don’t miss a thing. Posts from here will naturally become more frequent as a result, and I’ll no longer compile Latest Leaders rankings.

If you come across a blog post you think is outstanding or have a post of your own that you’re particularly proud of, by all means please leave a comment here and make sure to include the Permalink URL so others can find you. (Just don’t list your own blog here every single post, though, or your commenting would be treated as spam and require subsequent approval.) And definitely continue to use your community blog as you have all these years, whether you are a rookie blogger saying hello with an introduction or a veteran interacting with longtime friends.

April will mark the 10th anniversary of the best baseball blogging community here at MLB.com/blogs, a place where we at Major League Baseball Advanced Media partner with our friends at WordPress.com to provide the most cutting-edge blogging software anywhere. We hope you will find this community blog helpful to your discovery of other bloggers and in surfacing cool posts, as part of the total MLB.com experience. A good blog is kind of like one of the bats in this picture — a trusted companion, but you still want to try some others out.

– Mark/MLB.com

The Soul of Baseball book Review

Emma posted her review of Joe Posnanski’s book on Negro Leagues legend Buck O’Neil, The Soul of Baseball, in her blog, Dodger Blue World.

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I had purchased the book “The Soul of Baseball.  A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s america” some time ago but only recently I started reading it.   I knew about the book from other friends that have read it before so it came highly recommended.

Like so many people, I had seen Buck O’Neil from Ken Burns  Documentary series titled “Baseball.”  Buck O’Neil captivated me there.   I fell in love with  his humanity, his humbleness, his positive attiture, his passion for the game and his devotion supporting the Negro League museum making sure that we did not forget the contribution by the Negro Leagues players.  His voice made me feel that all was OK with the world.

Reading Joe Posnanski’s book traveling for more than a year  with Mr. O’Neil was like taking a ride with them.  It brought me joy, some laughs but also some tears.  Mr. O’Neil was 93 when Joe Posnanski traveled with…

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