We’re past the Memorial Day checkpoint of the season and the standings are becoming increasingly important to Major League Baseball fans. Fantasy owners are doing everything they can to put their teams in first place, as MLB.com Fantasy 411 was the top-ranked MLB Pro Blog for May. Zack Hample‘s milestone 50th stadium visit helped him claim the honors in the Fan division, while Carrie’s Muskat Ramblings topped the MLB.com Beat Writers en route to overall bragging rights with more traffic than any other MLB.com Blog. Congratulations to everyone who made the list!
There are many thousands of blogs in the MLB.com community, from players to Hall of Famers to groundskeepers to mascots to ballgirls to broadcasters to season-ticket holders and more. Want to see which ones are most popular? Here are your Latest Leaders ranked by page views from May 1-31:
1. MLB.com Fantasy 411
2. Alyson’s Footnotes
3. Better Off Red
4. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
5. Ben’s Biz Blog
6. John & Cait…Plus Nine
7. SF Giants Photos
8. Baseball Nerd
9. Dodgers Photog Blog
10. Curly W Live
11. 45 Miles From Fenway
12. The Dash Board
13. Around the Horn in KC
14. Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162
15. So I Married A Baseball Player…
16. Phillies Insider
17. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
18. Rattler Radio
19. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
20. Brandon and Brandon
21. Inside the White Sox
22. Cubs Vine Line Blog
23. Inside the Jackson Generals
25. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
26. Our Game
27. Above the Plate
29. Tommy Lasorda’s World
30. Bloomberg Sports
31. The G-Blog
32. Comerica Park, 48201
33. Cooperstown Chatter
34. Newberg Report
35. ‘Riders Insider Blog
36. MLB Urban Youth Academy
37. A Twinternal Perspective
38. Salem Sox Talk
39. It’s All Relative
40. The Futurists
41. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
42. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
43. Heard It From Hoard
44. Inside the Chiefs
46. FISH TALES
47. The Sprouting News
48. Yard Work
49. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
50. Roof Report
1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. Red State Blue State
4. The AustralianBaseballDigest
6. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
7. Counting Baseballs
8. A’s Farm
9. Rockpile Rant
11. The Ballpark Guide
12. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
14. Beisbol 007
15. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
16. Born on Third
17. Pinstripe Birthdays
18. Phillies Phollowers
19. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
20. The Unbiased MLB Fan
21. Observing Baseball
23. The Brewer Nation
24. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
25. Brewers Rumors
26. Rockin’ Redlegs
27. 3 Up, 3 Down
28. Collection of Baseball
29. This is a very simple game…
31. Minoring In Baseball
32. If You Write It, They Will Come
33. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
34. Throwin’ Heat
35. The Yankee Dinosaur
36. Fish Fry
37. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
39. Cream City Cables
40. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
41. Unfinished Business
42. The Baseball Haven
43. Wrigley Regular
45. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
46. More Splash Hits
47. Royal Blues
48. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
50. Phillies Red Pinstripes
MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. The Zo Zone
3. Beck’s Blog
4. Mark My Word
5. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
6. Bowman’s Blog
7. Bombers Beat
8. Britt’s Bird Watch
9. Brew Beat
10. Postcards From Elysian Fields
11. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
12. Major League Bastian
13. Mets Cetera
14. North of the Border
15. Mariners Musings
16. The Fish Pond
17. Brownie Points
18. Tag’s Lines
19. Change for a Nickel
20. Haft-Baked Ideas
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. Get yourself on this list by posting frequently and especially by commenting on a lot of these Latest Leaders blogs, always being sure to leave your full URL as a very clickable calling card. And don’t forget to embed MLB.com videos in your posts and make it more fun! You’re part of MLB.com as a blogger here, after all.
We’re waiting on a sunny day, just like the author of Blue Batting Helmet. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Arizona and Florida shortly; MLB.com & top blogger Jonathan Mayo just released our 2012 Prospect Watch; the Super Bowl will lead right into our Fantasy rankings; Prince Fielder is joining the Tigers; there are no obvious favorites for the 2012 World Series; and there is more to blog about than ever as a Major League Baseball fan.
How’s everyone doing out here in MLB.com Blogs country? I wanted to check in before heading down to Florida later today for a vaca including my second Miami Marathon on Sunday (a very sunny day, hopefully not too much humidity!). We’ll be back midweek to present you with the first monthly installment of Latest Leaders. It has been great to see so many people apply the MLB.com Blogs Top 100 badge to their own MLBlogs after such hard work in 2011, and we have already seen some great new blogs start up that are sure to make the 2012 list. I just expanded the Comments list to the right and as you can see I hope you will always leave your full URL within any comment — use this technique to get people like me to your blog, and please go through their comments and look for other blogs.
Want to see a Tim Lincecum-Prince Fielder matchup in late October? Our friend Emily of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend just posted a what-if about a Giants-Tigers World Series, so tell her what you think. Kevin of WestSide Culture vows in those comments that he “will be atop that list in 2012, starting now.” He just made the switch to an MLB theme (thanks!), which is necessary to be tallied for Latest Leaders page view search. We plan to update our themes soon and I’ll give a headsup whenever that date gets closer.
Jenn is coming up on her fourth anniversary of blogging at Phillies Phollowers and you can get some nice widget tips from her, such as incorporating your own Facebook page. It’s easy to drag the Facebook Like widget from your Dashboard, like I also did here to the right and below. Just go to Appearance –> Widgets. Another Top 100 Phillies blog is from Michael at The Phanatic Addict and you can see how he set up a favorite blogs Link set, including Jenn, which is what reminded us to check in on Phillies Phollowers. Be nice to others and you will benefit.
From the Corner of Edgar & Dave is the brand-new blog of the Seattle Mariners PR department, and despite launching in mid-month it is tracking as the No. 5 PRO blog right now and has a pretty good chance to go on to become the top overall blog into the season at MLB.com Blogs. Why? Check it out if you haven’t. It has been fun working with Jeff and the crew there as they take it very seriously and seek out feedback on what people like. Copy their widget techniques — the best I have seen since we switched to WordPress.com! Think of From the Corner of Edgar & Dave as a part of Mariners.com — a great club site.
March is my 10th anniversary with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, and probably my favorite photog in the business through that time has been Jon SooHoo — the official photographer of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is a joy viewing his photo galleries on Dodgers.com, and his Top 100 blog known as Dodgers Photog Blog is back better than ever. Check out his posts from the past week and consider subscribing to his blog so you see whenever he posts. These are great shots — even worth a Pinterest board. Jon appreciates feedback very much and I encourage you to please leave comments there on what you’d like to see from him.
MLB.com has the only traveling network of 30 beat reporters and there are some ongoing changes in beat assignments that you’ll want to know about. The list is to the right here and all the writers involved have used their blogs to discuss their moves for 2012. Alden Gonzalez now covers the Angels, Jen Langosch is moving over to the Cardinals to replace our first-ever MLB.com beat reporter/blogger, Matthew Leach, who has a new MLB.com gig coming up. Longtime MLB national writer Tom Singer is returning to his roots in Pittsburgh to replace Jen on the Pirates beat. We wish them all the best in their new roles and look forward to more great blogging!
In 2012, you will see more really cool changes as we continue to advance with the times. Part of that will be a way to find a lot of MLB.com Blogs through shares, likes and popularity. We’re discussing a number of aggregators we like — Punchfork, for example — and I would really love to hear from YOU in the comments here. How should MLB.com surface and showcase our MLBlogs? Included would be (only) any blogs started at MLB.com/blogs and any of the millions of WordPress.com bloggers who choose our MLB themes. Hey, we all have Facebook and Twitter, but you need a baseball blog for more long-form thoughts. Our widgets allow you to integrate it all.
For anyone who has joined us since last May, here was the relaunch post after our MLBAM deal with WordPress.com. Reminder that WP handles support for our MLB.com Blogs community, so you may use this community blog for anything you wish but use their support link for fast action on any issues or questions. Have fun blogging and look for the next installment of Latest Leaders right here after we test out an IT Band issue over 26.2 miles of South Beach, Coconut Grove and other great places.
Ever want to know who’s blogging along with you in the Major League Baseball family? We’ve just added a new page on MLB.com that indexes all (mostly) active accounts with the PRO theme, generally those bloggers who are employed by MLB. These range from players like Marlon Byrd and Torii Hunter to front-office execs like Bob Rose and Tommy Lasorda to MLB.com beat reporters like Jen Langosch and Bryan Hoch. Did you know the Phillies Ballgirls are on here?
Check out the brand-new MLBlog of MLB Official Historian John Thorn if you haven’t already, and learn more about the origins of baseball. See what Keith Olbermann is blogging on Baseball Nerd, and get help for your roster from the MLB.com Fantasy 411 gurus. And don’t miss a chance to ask Ozzie Guillen questions and see if he answers them.
It’s the only place where you can blog along with a wide variety of Major League personnel, and we’ll keep that page updated as we add new accounts regularly. With all the MLBlogs now on WordPress.com, expect that number of interested MLB bloggers to go up, too. Also be sure to see if you ranked in our Latest Leaders, as seen in the previous post, and keep the feedback coming in comments here about the new platform while also letting us know if you’ve done something special with the new WP software so we can help show off your blog.
As you may have read below, Bloomberg and MLB.com have entered into a partnership to launch two new state of the art analytic products, one for the professional teams, and one for fantasy sports and general interest. We delivered the professional product to the teams at the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis for a six-month trial, and the response was very strong. The consumer product designed for fantasy players and avid fans will launch in mid February.
Bloomberg will be hosting an invitation-only event in New York on Sunday, January 31, to give a sneak peek at the consumer product to key baseball media, to get feedback before it goes to market.
The meeting will take place on Sunday so that those interested in coming from out of town would be able to join, with enough time to take everyone through the product step by step. Food and drink will be served.
We would like you to join us for the event and get a preview of this fun, innovative, state-of-the art tool that will grow both the fantasy baseball market and overall interest in baseball. An outline of the product, as well as preliminary press reaction, can be seen at www.bloombergsports.com.
Seating for the event is limited, so if you would like to join us please respond for further details and credentialing.
Thanks for your time and interest, and we hope to see you on January 31.
Please RSVP to Joe Favorito at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you are enjoying the off-season and all the Hot Stove talk that is starting to build during the winter meetings and beyond.
You may have heard recently about a new product for Fantasy Baseball that Bloomberg and MLB.com are readying for the 2010 baseball season…a product that takes player analysis to a new level, and will be a lot of fun for fantasy players. Here is the link to a story about the product in the New York Times.
The BLOOMBERG SPORTS(TM) team wants to be sure that you are aware of the product, as someone who is passionately involved in the coverage of baseball. We will be reaching out to you to sample the service and get your input before it is available to consumers. The feedback of those who follow the sport so closely is invaluable to Bloomberg in building the best tool ever for baseball fans.
We are organizing an invitation-only event in New York City in late January for a group of the most influential baseball writers who would like to learn about the development of the product and the technology behind it. We hope you will be able to join us for this event, where you will get a complete walk-through of the new service and a free subscription to these analytical tools.
We hope to see you in January, and we know you will be impressed by this one-of-a-kind product.