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Just turned eight and feeling great

Ah, the number eight in baseball. It’s Cal Ripken Jr., Pops Stargell, Gary Carter, Yaz, Joe Morgan, Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey. It’s the original eight franchises in each of the American and National Leagues. It’s an “8” on your scorecard, a standard fly to center. It’s (19)08, the Year of the Cubs.

It’s the eighth birthday of this MLB.com Blogs community, which just happened Thursday. Feel free to wish us all well.

It seems like forever since I sat here at the MLB.com office on April 18, 2005, and helped Tommy Lasorda get his first entry saved. That post about his friend Jackie Robinson was our first ever, millions ago.

A few hours later, MLB.com resident Draft and prospect expert Jonathan Mayo welcomed you to B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful. D-backs broadcaster Daron Sutton was an original, too.

That same night, our great friend and MLB groundskeeping guru Murray Cook started his blog. Zack Hample started a few days later and his snagging adventures continued when he celebrated our birthday by snagging two home run balls Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

This community blog debuted as “MLBlogosphere” on May 5, 2005, a day after Brooks Robinson started a blog. I explained in the launch post that you could blog here for $4.95 a month (with a 30-day free trial) or $49.95 per year. My how things have changed. You have an incredible WordPress.com dashboard and support now, obviously at no cost, and unlike back then you can go to Settings->Sharing and enable all the social media outlets so any post can be shared and get more viewers.

Some things haven’t changed. It’s still the only place you can use official MLB marks and logos, and you’re covered under our umbrella if you want to use great Getty or AP photos. We still offer the largest gateway for any baseball blogger, as this community is linked from an MLB.com mothership with billions of page views, and we have 100 or so PRO bloggers including seven active players.

More and more are realizing that an MLB.com Blog is the perfect hub for all their social media. The more social outlets you have these days, the more you need one HQ, and you can easily add your Twitter, FB and other widgets here.

Please join me in welcoming Logan Morrison as the seventh one. He started on our birthday. And feel free to help his Project LoMo.

Leading into the Matt Harvey-Stephen Strasburg pitching matchup, Mitch Williams of MLB Network blogged about Harvey and said he is revising his National League Cy Young Award prediction — and going with the Mets’ rookie. Fascinating view worth reading.

The Yankee Dinosaur just celebrated a third birthday around Opening Day.

On June 6, White Sox VP of Communications Scott Reifert will celebrate the eighth birthday of his blog, Inside the White Sox. He paved the way for other sports executives who blog or tweet today. When he started in 2005, no one was doing this. And he does it regularly, so please join him!

We still have the slogan: “MLB.com Official Affiliate, Unofficial Opinions.” You always say what’s on your mind. We will always keep looking for ways to get your blog seen, like monthly MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders or our Meet the Bloggers video series (let me know here when you’re going to an MLB game), and I hope that relaunch of MLB.com/blogs happens this season.

New bloggers are joining you all the time. Astros Baseball jumped aboard in 2013.

Yes, that’s still me in the profile pic on this community blog. I decided to bag the familiar backwards white cap that’s been there ever since we started MLB.com Blogs all those many years ago. Hope you understand. And my thoughts are with everyone in the Boston area who has been through so much and has shown such strength. I look forward to running for Boston on Sunday.

Feel free to leave a birthday comment right here, y’all. And post about your own blog’s birthday. Happy Birthday to us all.

Mark

Happy Fourth Birthday To Us!

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It’s a grand slam! Saturday marks the fourth anniversary of the MLBlogs community, and it all began with Tommy Lasorda’s inaugural MLBlogs posting about his old friend Jackie Robinson. That is how Major League Baseball launched its own blogging community, billed as an official affiliate of MLB.com with unofficial opinions. It was April 18, 2005, and the Red Sox had just ended an 86-year drought, the White Sox were in the process of ending an 88-year drought, Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi had just dropped, and that day Adobe bought Macromedia, the Boston Marathon was held, and our friend Murray Cook also saved his first blog post, a simple picture as an offering to the baseball gods.

mariahcarey.jpgTens of thousands of blogs later, we are here blogging about baseball on a regular basis and we have Latest Leaders and we have new MLBlogs starting for free all the time. We have Briscoe Baseball Blog predicting Indians over Dodgers in the Fall Classic (thus ending a drought dating back to 1948); we have none other than Giants catcher Bengie Molina telling you what’s wrong with Tim Lincecum and his team right now; we have all 30 MLB.com beat writers like Ian Browne (Red Sox) and Kelly Thesier (Twins) blogging and communicating with you here; Welcome To The Show blogging about the best night for a ballplayer you might ever see; Kim Jones of YES posting about the new Yankee Stadium; and a Phillies fan from way back in the Connie Mack Stadium days blogging about the bid for a repeat.

Zack Hample, one of those first MLBloggers, has raised $634.80 for Pitch In For Baseball.

You can find all of the MLB PRO BLOGS in the drop-down menu on the MLBlogs homepage, and use the tag-search results link for each club nickname also on that page to find other MLBlogs about topics that may be of interest to you. There is so much to do, so much new technology to develop, but mainly we want to see our favorite MLB players and teams have great seasons, and there is a whole summer in front of us now. Be sure to follow us at the Official MLBlogs Twitter.

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