Great idea by our friends at The Max: “It’s March (in case you didn’t realize), and that means college basketball madness is straight ahead. In anticipation of the NCAA Tournament, The Max has decided to hold a tournament of its own. Max Madness pits the most recent MLBlogs leaders up against each other in a one-on-one tournament to crown the unofficial Max Champion of MLBlogs. Check back every day for a new matchup.” Vote now!
Keep an eye on the Pro Blogs drop-down menu on the MLBlogs homepage, as it is growing fast, especially with players. We are in the process of facilitating prospect blogs for all 30 organizations, and many of them are under way. Casey Weathers (Rockies) and Javy Guerra (Dodgers) just posted their introductions. Torii Hunter, who was among our postseason MLBloggers last October, will resume his blog on a regular basis starting sometime next week. We should have around 40 player MLBlogs scrolling soon.
Get a TOUCH 2009 Sneak Peek over at our friend Alyssa Milano’s MLBlog. Funny to see that she outlasted a few of her comment trolls here in the community. Here is a suggestion for you to spice up your MLBlog: Do what Alyssa did and create your own music video on Animoto.com, then put the embed code in your MLBlogs post.
I have been posting regular updates on our Official MLBlogs Twitter, so be sure to follow us there so you are current on developments around the MLBlogosphere. Or just follow @mlblogs if you already are on Twitter.
Post of the week on MLBlogs….
Happy Spring Training! I will be updating my annual IT’S HERE story on the MLB.com and club homepages through the first days of reporting, and it has been a blast to read all your posts about the first day of spring — like this one from Kaybee. Kind of sad that even on this special day we seem obligated to consecutively type the first, 18th, 15th and fourth letters of the alphabet….
Sorry for the side panel outage tonight, folks. Have heard from a lot of you about a minor coding snafu and it has been resolved. Side panels are all reporting here for Spring Training now, and thanks for your patience….
Happy 200th birthday to Abe Lincoln…by the way, we’d like to announce that MLBlogs will be open on President’s Day. 🙂 …
There’s a bit of confusion about the process of obtaining permission to comment on a blog.
The way to do this is to log in to your MLB.com account from the blog on which you wish to become a commenter. You’ll only need to do this once for that blog, then you have comment permissions.
Note that if you’re already logged in and go to a blog to which you have not yet received permission to comment, you’ll see a message indicating you don’t have permission to comment if you attempt to do so. The solution in this case is to log out, then go log in via that blog, and you’ll be all set going forward as far as commenting on that specific blog….
Zoe has a quiz for you…
All but a few of the 30 MLB.com beat writer blogs are now populated as of this writing. The links are in my previous post. Please drop in on them with comments, as our crew is now settled in or on the way to Arizona/Florida and would love to hear from you.
We have indexed all the writers in the PRO BLOGS drop-down on the MLBlogs.com homepage, and here’s another great way to find all of them at once: See the new MLBlog of Jen Langosch, our Pirates beat writer at MLB.com. Thanks, Jen….
Really looking to our friend Alyssa Milano’s new book coming out next month. Alyssa just posted again to her touch ’em all MLBlog this week, as she is about to start her third year of MLBlogging and I think eighth year as a Dodgers season ticket holder….
Join us on the Official MLBlogs Twitter or follow @mlblogs over there.
UPDATED WITH LATEST LEADERS IDENTITY CONTEST AT BOTTOM!
Here are the Latest Leaders by page views across the MLBlogs Network, for 2009 to date. Will add more links shortly. Please be sure to comment on as many of these as you can, leaving your own blog’s full URL, as a great way to drive traffic to your own page.
1. Red State Blue State
2. Confessions of a She-Fan
3. The ‘Burgh Blues
4. Julia’s Rants
5. All Baseball All The Time
7. Prince of New York
8. Rockpile Rant
9. Rays Renegade
10. Cambios y Curvas
11. King of Cali
12. Yogi Brewer
13. Yawkey Way Yaker
14. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB
15. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG
16. King Yankees
17. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
18. Baseball’s Hottest Wives
19. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
20. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
21. The Rumor Mill – MLB Rumors
22. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
23. Unfinished Business
24. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
25. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
26. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS
27. Phillies Phollowers
28. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
29. Yankees Chick
31. Love of The Game: Through 2 Different Pairs of Eyes
32. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
34. Cardinal Girl
35. The Brewer Nation
36. The 1 Constant…Baseball
37. Phillies Red Pinstripes
38. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
39. Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog
40. Statistician Magician
MLB PRO BLOGS
1. Hot Stove Blog
2. Bombers Beat
3. Inside the Dodgers
5. *touch* ’em all
6. Brownie Points
7. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
8. Postcards from Elysian Fields
9. MLB.com’s Fantasy 411
10. Around the Horn in KC
11. The Baseball Collector
12. The Pulse
13. kevin slowey’s (offseason) blog
14. Beck’s Blog
15. Newberg Report
16. MLBlogosphere lol
17. Inside the Giants Clubhouse
18. Phillies Insider
19. Tommy Lasorda’s World
20. MLB Urban Youth Academy
21. Red Sox Insider Blog
22. Major League Bastian
23. Ben’s Biz Blog
24. Inside the White Sox
25. MLB.com Organizational Report
26. got milb?
27. Dining with ‘Dre
28. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
29. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
30. Bally’s Blog
31. Twins Ballpark Update
32. Behind the Mask
33. Trade Talk
34. Yankee Stadium Memories
35. Siguiendo a los Mets
36. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
37. A ‘Braves’ New World
38. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD BLOG
39. A’s Thru Z
40. Shane Victorino’s Postseason Blog
AROUND THE SPHERE
Screech just took off again after posting. Thanks, Screech!
Thanks to everyone who has joined our Official MLBlogs Twitter so far!
We’re up to around 40 followers, and it’s a great new place to promote
your MLBlog and meet other MLBloggers. Go to
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Congrats to my friend and our baseball blogging colleague Alyssa Milano. I wanted to get it straight from the horse’s mouth after reading about it in Perez Hilton’s blog, and yes, she is engaged and “the happiest girl on the planet.” We are happy for her here.
Offseason welcome to MLB Throwdown, Nasty Nats Live Here, Girly Baseball Chick, I’m Not A Headline Guy, LC Braves Blog, The Best Sox Blog, A Diatribe from a Law Student, Dodger Talk, Confessions Of A Baseball Fan
and all of you who have joined the largest baseball blogging network.
Feel free to leave a comment here anytime briefly summarizing your
latest post with a full URL to bring more folks to your blog. If you
just started, introduce yourself here!
Mark DeRosa actually finished No. 12 overall in the above Latest Leaders, but since we’ve had to help pretty much disconnect that wildly popular MLBlog due to the small matter of him no longer being a Cub/blogger, we’ll just mention it here instead. Hopefully he will want to blog as an Indian.
Speaking of the Indians, pretty impressive showing by our MLB.com colleague Anthony Castrovince — fourth overall, and the team he covers for us is the Indians. Something tells me the DeRosa deal had something to do with the spike…but keep it up, AC.
Hope you have had a chance to check out Inside the Giants Clubhouse. It is written by Joan Ryan, generally regarded as one of the best writers in the Bay Area. I had the pleasure of working with her when I covered the Giants for the San Jose Mercury News and it’s cool to see her blogging regularly right here. That’s destined to be a high-traffic blog this season.
Also let me know if there is any further difficulty with getting into dashboards, leaving comments, etc. Have had a hiccup or two along the way over the holidays, it looks like. Special thanks to Hardball for showing patience while yours truly was on vacation.
Just added “p*s*ed off” to our profanity filter. We rarely ever deal with that filter given to us by our Six Apart partners, but will make changes as needed, and feel free to email if you see anything that seems obviously in need of attention there. All you need to know is that an 11-year-old made the Latest Leaders. We’ll keep it family-suited here without being overbearing about that. Apologies to the Cub fan who now has a title full of asterisks as a result, but we understand (I covered each of the last two NLDS sweeps, trust me) and we get the message without it being in the title.
So maybe you noticed that today we posted our annual report on how MLB.com’s resident Hall of Fame voters cast their ballots. I voted for three: Rickey, Big Mac and Lee Smith. I see that I have less and less company on the second of those votes, which surprised me quite a bit. I have to be honest with you. I read that article and each BBWAA voter’s reasoning, and I give big ups to my colleague and friend Marty Noble, who voted for just one guy. That is usually my modus operandi — it’s the elite of the elite — and I feel like he nailed it. Just Rickey. I still don’t believe Jim Rice’s plaque belongs on a wall near that of Ted Williams, and I think it’s disgusting if the Year 15 Sympathy Vote was the reason (it was).
Special request: If you know of any baseball hits that are mentioned in music lyrics or poetry verse or in non-baseball-book literature, can you please email the info to me at email@example.com? Thanks. Also, always feel free to use that email account with questions/comments you would rather pose without public view.
I think the Reds are going to be a running machine and that Dusty’s guys will surprise some people in 2009. No, they have not replaced Adam Dunn’s offensive numbers. But at least five guys in the lineup are base-stealers. I look for the Runnin’ Reds to make noise this summer.
Latest Leaders Identity Contest
OK, here we go again. Your latest opportunity to try to out-hunt Rays Renegade to reveal the identity of all 12 MLBlogs featured in our latest 480 panel now promoted on MLBlogs.com and presented right here again:
In comments below, be the first to correctly list all 12 URLs, and be sure to state which direction the rows and columns are listed so we can follow you. The winner gets some extra publicity here at MLBlogs.
Tonight I got a tweet from @TechCrunch on Twitter extolling the virtues of LOUD3R, one of the newest discovery sites after Digg, Reddit, Techmeme and the like. It has a network of 30 topic-specific semantic search engines, and tonight I played around with one of them, PITCH3R. You can click a subdirectory there and find specific topics such as “All-Star Game” — and looking through there, Alyssa’s latest post just a few hours ago had ascended in the top 10. If you click the headline, you’ll see the lede and be prompted to go to the actual page for the full article. It will be interesting to see how many MLBlogs are “discovered” there. Their server was down when I went there a little after midnight ET but eventually I got in, and you have to register and after that, you are able to “Submit A Story” and “Submit A Source” from their main nav. Can’t hurt if you’re all about getting traffic to your blog. I like the mix of results so far, a really diverse blend of sources and voices. Worth tinkering around with, seems pretty cool if you’re a fellow Magellan out discovering. For each site, LOUD3R gathers and publishes content (including photos and videos) from blogs, news and editorial sites. Each site has a source list and a semantic glossary of terms that teach the engine how to identify the best content. The content is ranked with a point system, pushing the highest ranked to the top. The engine also learns from user behavior, community feedback and human editors. What ways do you discover information for your blogs?