Tagged: Better Off Red

Meet the Bloggers: Jamie Ramsey

As part of our Meet the Bloggers series, we recently spoke with Reds Assistant Director of Media Relations Jamie Ramsey, the creative force behind Better Off Red — consistently one of the most-read blogs in the MLB.com Blogs network. He talked about what made the 2012 Reds so enjoyable, his approach to social media and his blog’s loose feel:

If you’re an MLB.com Blogger and will be attending a Postseason game, make sure to get in touch with a comment below, and let us know your dates of availability. We’re always looking for our next Meet the Bloggers subject.

Latest Leaders – September 2012

Latest Leaders logoSeptember is all about closing strong, and your Latest Leaders did exactly that here at MLB.com Blogs. They’re ready for a thrilling October, as an expanded Postseason crowns a champion and provides a wealth of things to discuss. The Reds claimed the NL Central this season, and it was a great September for Reds blogs, with Better Off Red and Mark My Word topping the Pro and MLB.com Beat Writer divisions, respectively. Amongst Fan blogs, The Baseball Haven and 9 Inning Know It All made big jumps up the standings.

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

1. Better Off Red
2. MLB.com Fantasy 411
3. SF Giants Photos
4. John & Cait…Plus Nine
5. Curly W Live
6. Dodgers Photog Blog
7. Ben’s Biz Blog
8. Brandon and Brandon
9. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
10. The Dash Board
11. Phillies Insider
12. Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162
13. 45 Miles From Fenway
15. So I Married A Baseball Player…
16. Around the Horn in KC
17. Cubs Vine Line Blog
18. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
19. CastroTurf
20. Rattler Radio
21. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
22. Cooperstown Chatter
23. TribeVibe
24. Our Game
25. Newberg Report
26. White Shark
27. The Sprouting News
28. Desde el Desierto
29. ‘Cats Corner
30. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
31. MLB Urban Youth Academy
32. Rollin’ with Rick
33. Inside the Jackson Generals
34. It’s All Relative
35. Above the Plate
36. Clubhouse Confidential
37. Roof Report
38. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
39. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife
40. The Futurists
41. The Cutoff Man
42. Comerica Park, 48201
43. Wild Things
44. Bloomberg Sports
45. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
46. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
47. Bird Droppings
48. ‘Riders Insider Blog
49. Diamond Dollar$
50. Docking With the Ports

1. The Baseball Collector
2. Red State Blue State
3. The AustralianBaseballDigest
4. Beisbol 007
5. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
6. A’s Farm
7. Rockpile Rant
8. The Baseball Haven
9. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
10. Pinstripe Birthdays
11. Born on Third
12. The Brewer Nation
13. mlbblogger
14. Three Up, Three Down
15. Observing Baseball
16. Phillies Phollowers
17. The Ballpark Guide
18. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
19. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
20. Cream City Cables
21. TheCutoffMan
22. The Unbiased MLB Fan
23. Rockin’ Redlegs
24. Minoring In Baseball
25. This is a very simple game…
26. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
27. 9 Inning Know It All
28. Ballparks on a Budget
29. Where Everyone’s a Giant
30. The Yankee Dinosaur
31. 7000 Coliseum Way
32. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
33. Fish Fry
34. More Splash Hits
35. Rox Addict
36. The Rays Rant
37. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
38. Phillies Red Pinstripes
39. Reds Country
40. Canadians Clippings
41. All Things Pirates: Breaking down the Buccos
42. One Strike Away…Twice!
43. 2r2d
44. gojays
45. rangerrowdytime
46. eltubeyero22
47. Bleacher Boy
48. The Ballhawker
49. Los bigleaguers
50. If You Write It, They Will Come

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

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.

New: Embed MLB.com video in your blog

Good news for everyone who maintains an MLB.com Blog: You can easily embed and share MLB.com and MLB Network videos in your posts now, as Jamie Ramsey and Marty Noble have done. Look for clips that say “EMBED” among the Share icons under the video, and then copy the code. In your WordPress dashboard text field, click the HTML tab and simply paste the code where you want.

Let’s say you want to post a Barry Larkin HOF video. Search our video for Barry Larkin and find http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20052845&c_id=mlb – then you see the grey “EMBED” button under the video, and just copy that html code. If you don’t see the “EMBED” button on one of our clips, it is not available for sharing yet.

I just went to our Video home on MLB.com and searched for “MLB Network.” Freddie Freeman is talking about his time with the Braves so far. Sounds like a good blog post for someone on MLB.com Blogs, sharing your own view on what it has been like watching him as a Brave so far. I’m embedding the video…easy stuff…here you go.

Text, videos, pics, polls, comments, awesome dashboard — lots of reasons why you need a blog in 2012 besides that Twitter and FB account. Use Twitter and FB to get people to your blog so they can see a nice-sized video player with MLB.com video, and add TW and FB widgets to your blog. It all works together…now with video.

Latest Leaders – May 2010


The blogging is heating up along with the temperatures. Summer is unofficially here and the MLBlogosphere is hopping. For traffic in the month of May, MetsBlog.com claimed its customary top spot in the Pro Blog category, with Better Off Red‘s Top 5 finish setting off wild celebrations in The Queen City. Once again, the She-Fan held off the guys at Red State Blue State for bragging rights among fan bloggers, while Todd Zolecki‘s run continues atop the MLB.com beat writers.

1. MetsBlog.com  
2. Mets Minor League Blog  
3. Bronx Banter  
4. Better Off Red  
5. Inside the Dodgers  
6. MLB.com Fantasy 411  
7. Behind the Mask  
8. Alyson’s Footnotes  
9. The Baseball Collector  
10. Baseball Nerd  
11. Ben’s Biz Blog  
12. Beat the Streak Report  
13. The Byrd’s Nest    
14. Around the Horn in KC  
15. Bloomberg Sports  
16. *touch* ’em all  
17. Inside the Giants Clubhouse  
18. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful  
19. Fan Interference  
20. Inside the White Sox  
21. The Kimberly Jones Blog  
22. Newberg Report  
23. Phillies Insider  
24. Big Papi’s Blog  
25. Official Tigers Fan Guestbook  
26. Heard It From Hoard  
27. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls  
28. MLBlogosphere (lol)
30. Notes from NatsTown  
31. Tommy Lasorda’s World  
32. Is this thing on?  
33. MLB Urban Youth Academy  
34. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog  
35. The Fact of the Matter  
36. Torii’s Storiis  
37. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs  
38. The LumberBlog  
39. Red Sox Insider Blog  
40. Above the Plate  
41. Kara’s Hot Corner  
42. Clubhouse Confidential  
43. John & Cait…Plus Nine  
44. Gameday  
45. View From the Booth  
46. Twins Ballpark Update  
47. Inside the Chiefs  
49. ‘Topes Tattler  
50. The Dish  

1. Confessions of a She-Fan  
2. Red State Blue State  
3. The Future Blog of the Red Sox  
4. Rockpile Rant
5. Phillies Phollowers  
6. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog  
7. Julia’s Rants  
8. Rays Renegade  
9. I Live for This  
10. Counting Baseballs  
11. Unfinished Business  
12. I’m Not A Headline Guy…  
13. Yankees Chick  
14. The Closer
15. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk  
16. Yankee Yapping  
17. Confessions Of A Baseball Fan  
18. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World  
19. FutureAngels.com  
20. Passion & Pride Collide  
21. The Three Bs  
22. Pretty In Pinstripes  
23. A Misplaced Astros Fan  
24. Your Infield Fly is Down  
25. Baseball Canadiana  
26. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees  
27. Love of The Game: Through 2 Different Pairs of Eyes  
29. Baseball, Orioles, and Life  
30. Indians, Cardinals, and Tigers! Oh my!  
. Linea de Primera  
32. Phillies Outside  
33. Baseball And Red Sox All The Way From Ireland!  
34. The Pittsburgh Peas   
35. Pick Me Up Some Mets!  
36. A Diatribe from a Journalism Student  
37. This is what the girl thinks….  
38. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in  
40. METrospection & More  
41. Perpetual Padres Saga
42. La Pagina de Tony Menendez  
43. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball  
44. Ted’s Take  
45. Cardinal Girl  
46. Everything Baseball  
47. Underneath the Halo  
48. Amazine  
49. More Cowbell  
50. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts  

1. The Zo Zone  
2. Bombers Beat  
3. Muskat Ramblings  
4. Beck’s Blog  
5. Bowman’s Blog
6. Brew Beat  
7. Major League Bastian  
8. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer  
9. Mark My Word  
10. Postcards from Elysian Fields  
11. CastroTurf  
12. Mets Cetera  
13. Britt’s Bird Watch  
14. Brownie Points  
15. By Gosh, It’s Langosch  
16. The Fish Pond  
17. Tag’s Lines  
18. Haft-Baked Ideas  
19. Kelly’s Corner  
20. All Nats All the Time