Tagged: Jim Kaat

Jim Kaat’s Postseason Thoughts

A few months back, I bumped into Jim Kaat on the jam-packed concourse at beautiful Target Field in Minneapolis, just before the start of the All-Star Game. Jim was talking baseball with a few friends, and considering that he spent the first half of a 25-year Major League Baseball career with the Senators/Twins franchise, I am sure he wound up in the middle of a lot of other baseball conversations on that concourse before ever making it to his seat. Jim loves to talk baseball.


Yesterday morning I got an email from Kitty (he is the earliest riser around), who said, “I’m in a blogging mood after watching  the games last weekend.” That, to me, is always a good thing. Kaat is always insightful on baseball, and he never has been one to pull punches in saying what’s on his mind. Today, you can go to Kaat’s Korner and see what he thought of those four Division Series — including why, he says, Clayton Kershaw failure against Matt Adams had nothing to do with pitch counts and everything to do with simply failing to keep a breaking ball low. Go take a look and please leave some comments on his blog…I’ll make sure he sees them and we’ll see if he’ll do a Q&A here.

Around MLB.com Blogs

Please take the time to read “My Baseball story” by Matt at The Cardinals’ Base, and share your own favorite Major League Baseball memory in the comments there and on your own MLB.com Blog. After all, that’s why we are all blogging here and ready for another great MLB season.

[updated] As of 5:22 pm ET, Plushdamentals was third overall in page views at MLB.com for Feb. 24, as people are buzzing over 16-year-old Brewers blogger Curt Hogg, who broke news. No. 1 is MLB.com Braves beat reporter Mark Bowman and No. 2 is From the Corner of Edgar & Dave.

We’ll have the next monthly MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders up next week, so never too late to make sure you are doing all the right things to promote your own blog. Be sure to comment on as many other MLB.com Blogs as you can and always leave your full URL wherever you go. Will Plushdamentals have enough time to rise to the top of the Fan category?

Who’s going to be at Spring Training and who’s going to be blogging about it? Let us know here so we can keep an eye out for new posts and hopefully help with some promotion. I’ll be in Arizona next week with the MLB Fan Cave panel and 30 finalists so holla.

Speaking of Fan Cave, in case you missed it, our friend Erik at Counting Baseballs took the time to critique all 50 of the Fan Cave finalist videos when that voting began. He came up with his own top 10, so you can crosscheck and see whether they advanced.

Jim Kaat’s first Spring Training with the Washington Senators was in the 1950s. We’re happy to say that Kitty Kaat is going strong and this week posted a new entry about 2012 Spring Training – where he is helping the Red Sox pitching coach at Fort Myers. Please leave Jim some comments.

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Calling fans of the defending World Champs: Got a question? Leave it on Jen Langosch’s blog By Gosh, It’s Langosch, because in addition to all of her coverage on cardinals.com, she is doing a Question of the Day on her blog from Cardinals camp. Question, Jen – how do you find time to do such a great job on your MLB.com Blog?

Welcome back to Redsox Nation and Pittsburgh Peas – keep it going!

With all due respect to those other games, The World Will Be Watching THIS on March 23. And I even read all three books.

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Keep leaving comments here with your blog’s full URL so we can help people find you. Happy Spring Training.

New arrivals

Please welcome Larry Dierker to the MLB.com/blogs community. He just saved his first post at Dierk’s Dugout. The longtime Astros manager and pitcher commands a lot of respect among baseball fans and especially folks around Houston. See what he has to say about the Astros’ 2013 move to the AL West. Please be sure to leave Dierk some comments and questions so he can comment back. He’s using the WordPress.com Dashboard just like you and me, and so does fellow former pitcher Jim Kaat.

Two words: Hot Stove. It is the same year-round blog at mlb.mlblogs.com that is maintained by MLB.com reporters, and it heats up before the Trade Deadline and throughout the Hot Stove season. This is the best source of buzz, from the only network of 30 traveling MLB club beat reporters — plus an army of other contributors from around MLB.com. Please be sure to follow it by entering your email. Tracker is here.

Alden Gonzalez sits right next to me here at the Major League Baseball Advanced Media HQ in Manhattan, and I can personally attest that he just hit “Publish” on a post about his conversation with Jerry Reinsdorf. See what the White Sox owner has to say about realignment and playoffs, and please be sure you are subscribed as a regular follower of Alden’s Gonzo and ‘The Show’ — always good insights.

I just posted a review to our official MLB.com Books Blog. See what you think and remember that anyone can add a review to that blog. Got a baseball book that you just read and want to review it? Either leave the review in comments here or let me know and we can post it there for you. If you’re a baseball book author and want reviewed, give a heads-up here also, please.

If you don’t have an MLBlog of your own, then what are you waiting for? Go to MLB.com/blogs and start your own — it’s easy! Got any questions about MLB.com blogging? Want more people to see what you’re posting? Always leave tons of comments here and remember to type your full URL as an obvious breadcrumb back to your blog. See you in the next MLBlogs Latest Leaders at the start of December!

Latest Leaders – October 2011

Latest Leaders logoIt was a truly memorable October, thanks to a thrilling Postseason ending in a seven-game World Series. We were excited by the addition of MLB Network analyst and 283-game winner Jim Kaat, sharing his insights in Kaat’s Korner. Keith Olbermann topped the PRO list on the strength of his 10/12 Terry Francona post, and Rays Renegade streaked to the top of the FANS category like a Dan Johnson homer.

Here are the leaders by page views at MLB.com/blogs from Oct. 1-31:

1. Baseball Nerd by Keith Olbermann
2. John & Cait…Plus Nine
3. Better Off Red
4. The Byrd’s Nest
5. Comerica Park, 48201
6. Ben’s Biz Blog
7. Alyson’s Footnotes
8. The Veteran and the Rook
9. AFL Prospects
10. Tommy Lasorda’s World
11. Official Cardinals Fan Guestbook
12. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
13. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
14. Phillies Insider
15. Newberg Report
16. Around the Horn in KC
18. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
19. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
20. Bloomberg Sports
21. Inside the White Sox
22. Our Game by John Thorn
23. Fantasy Freddie
24. Ozzie Speaks
25. Great Scot!
26. Rattler Radio
27. Cooperstown Chatter
28. The LumberBlog
29. ‘Riders Insider Blog
30. The D-blog
31. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
32. Curly W Live
33. Kaat’s Korner
34. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
35. ‘Cats Corner
36. The Cutoff Man
37. Padres hispanos
38. Desde el Desierto
39. Padre Knows Best
40. Yard Work
41. Screech’s Spot
42. From the Nest
43. Ozzie Habla
44. BTF Today
45. The Schlact Stories
46. The Mitchell Report & Livin’ La Vida Leo
47. Inside the Chiefs
49. Wings Things-official blog of the Rochester Red Wings
50. Docking With the Ports

1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. Red State Blue State
4. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
5. Beisbol 007
6. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
7. Phillies Phollowers
8. Rockpile Rant
9. The Pittsburgh Peas
10. The Baseball Haven
11. Plushdamentals
12. BlueBattingHelmet
13. Pinstripe Birthdays
14. The Best Sox Blog
15. baseballqueen
16. Counting Baseballs
17. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
18. The Unbiased MLB Fan
19. Observing Baseball
20. Pop Fly Boys
21. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
22. eltubeyero22
23. The Rays Rant
24. Rockies News Blog
25. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
26. Rockin’ Redlegs
27. The Optimist Tiger
28. Brewers Rumors
29. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
30. The Yankee Dinosaur
31. Justine’s Baseball Journey
32. This is a very simple game…
33. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
34. World Series 41, Rangers Fan 1
35. Unfinished Business
36. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
37. Three Ball Walk
38. Circulo de Espera
39. The Sprouting News
40. The Brawn of Braun
41. The Phanatic Addict
42. Collection of Baseball
43. Blue Jays Nest
44. San Francisco Giants Stuff
45. Brewers Today
46. Nyjer Morgan Fan Club
47. You Jivin’ Me, Turkey?
48. Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary
49. Minoring In Baseball
50. Fish Fry

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

Note: We’ve omitted the WordPress.com blogs using MLB themes that have no baseball content, and MLBloggers are reminded that they will only be tracked for Latest Leaders traffic if they are using an MLB theme.

Happy Birthday to Jim Kaat

Want to wish 2012 Hall of Fame candidate Jim Kaat a Happy 73rd Birthday? Just go to his comments on his MLBlog and tell him. Kaat, winner of 283 games, just four fewer than 2011 inductee and fellow longtime Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven, is looking forward to hearing from his blog readers. Stop by Kaat’s Korner now!

Now blogging, Jim Kaat

I hope everyone in the MLBlogs community will join me in welcoming the great Jim Kaat as our newest blogger. Jim wanted an outlet to express his thoughts about what’s going on this Postseason and beyond, and in typical Kitty Kaat fashion he pulls no punches. Kaat writes in his first post that he thought Jon Lester and Josh Beckett had “scouting-reportitis” — worrying about the batters and trying to avoid contact. In contrast, he raves about the Carp-Halladay duel as a textbook example of how to be in charge with a quick pace and be almost oblivious to whatever body in a uniform happens to be standing in the batter’s box. Get familiar with this 283-game winner’s MLBlog and be sure to say hi to him, ask any questions, and leave your own URL as a breadcrumb so other commenters can find you. Happy postseason blogging…

Welcome Jim Kaat