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Latest Leaders – March 2012

Latest Leaders logoHappy Opening Day! The March 2012 Latest Leaders rounded into fine form as Spring Training wound down. We have a number of rookies making their debut on this list, like TribeVibe and 3 Up, 3 Down, as well as some very familiar names. Celebrate the new season by discovering some new blogs!

Here are last month’s top blogs ranked by page views from Mar. 1-31:

1. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
2. MLB.com Fantasy 411
3. SF Giants Photos
4. Better Off Red
5. Alyson’s Footnotes
6. Ben’s Biz Blog
7. Baseball Nerd
8. Far East Division
9. So I Married A Baseball Player…
10. Dodgers Photog Blog
11. John & Cait…Plus Nine
12. Phillies Insider
13. Curly W Live
14. The Byrd’s Nest
15. Around the Horn in KC
16. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
17. Inside the White Sox
19. Bloomberg Sports
20. 45 Miles From Fenway
21. Tommy Lasorda’s World
22. Comerica Park, 48201
23. Athletics in Japan: Opening Series 2012
24. CastroTurf
25. Our Game
26. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
27. Rattler Radio
28. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
29. Cubs Vine Line Blog
30. Newberg Report
31. Cooperstown Chatter
32. TribeVibe
33. ‘Cats Corner
34. The Dash Board
35. Clubhouse Confidential
36. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
37. Justice4U
38. Fantasy Freddie
39. Kaat’s Korner
40. Padre Knows Best
41. MLB Urban Youth Academy
42. Above the Plate
43. Heard It From Hoard
44. Unlocking the Keys
45. Yard Work
46. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
47. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
48.  The Mitchell Report & Livin’ La Vida Leo
49. It’s All Relative
50. ‘Topes Tattler

1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. Counting Baseballs
4. Red State Blue State
5. nybisons
6. Beisbol 007
7. Rockpile Rant
8. mlbblogger
9. The Brewer Nation
10. BlueBattingHelmet
11. TexasRangers_HQ
12. The Unbiased MLB Fan
13. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
14. gojays
15. A’s Farm
16. Pinstripe Birthdays
17. Phillies Phollowers
18. The Ballpark Guide
19. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
20. Brewers Rumors
21. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
22. The Rays Rant
23. westsideculture
24. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
25. Observing Baseball
26. The Pittsburgh Peas
27. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
28. Plushdamentals
29. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
30. Fish Fry
31. Collection of Baseball
32. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
33. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
34. This is a very simple game…
35. Unfinished Business
36. The Yankee Dinosaur
37. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
38. Minoring In Baseball
39. The Baseball Haven
40. Rockin’ Redlegs
41. Cream City Cables
42. 3 Up, 3 Down
43. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
44. baseballqueen
45. Los bigleaguers
46. Bleacher Boy
47. 1992 And Counting
48. Born on Third
49.  The Phanatic Addict
50. The Phil Naessens Show

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

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.

Around the MLB.com Blogs

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.

Where to find the PRO blogs

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.

Around the Sphere

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….

Good tunes….

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….

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