Tagged: Major League Baseball

Introducing a major MLB award – for YOU

MLB Fans of the Year presented by Esurance

Major League Baseball has just introduced a major new award, and this one’s for you. In fact, there’s even at least one father-son duo from this MLB.com/blogs family among the 120 nominees.

See my story just posted at MLB.com introducing MLB Fans of the Year presented by Esurance.

You can start voting right now at MLB.com/awards. Take a good look at the 120 nominees — four per club. Each team will have a winner. You probably will recognize many of them, and I know many bloggers here will be familiar with Baker Boys & Baseball, one of the Angels nominees.

MLB and the 30 clubs worked tirelessly to identify the sport’s top supporters, and four nominees per club have been presented for your vote.

Winners whose clubs reach the League Championship Series or Fall Classic will receive tickets to root for their home team on a late-October night. For fans whose teams are not among the last four standing in the postseason, free tickets await for an April 2017 game of their choice.

It’s a great subject to blog about, and I hope you will feel free to leave comments right here with a link back to your blog post. Now help choose those 30 winners, because it’s all about you.

Top 100 MLB.com/bloggers: Get your badge!

2015MLBcomBlogsTop100Congratulations again to all our Top 100 MLB.com/blogs for 2015. If your blog made the list you’ve earned a Top 100 badge to proudly display in your sidebar. Here’s how to make it happen:

1. Log in to your blog’s dashboard.

2. Go to Appearance > Widgets.

3. Grab the Image widget from the list of available widgets in the left side (they’re in alphabetical order), and drag it over to the top of your active widgets on the right side.


4. Enter ONLY the following information in the Image widget.
Image URL: https://mlbcomblogs.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/2015mlbcomblogstop100.png
Alternate text: 2015 Top 100 MLB.com/blogs
Width: 300 Height: 50
Link URL: http://mlbcomblogs.mlblogs.com/2016/01/11/2015-mlb-comblogs-top-100/

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5. Hit Save and you’re all set. The badge should display at the top of your blog’s sidebar, just as it does in this blog.

How I voted for the Hall – and looking for your posts

MLB.com just posted the story on how its 15 eligible Hall of Fame voters filled out their ballots, and you can see mine among the list. I voted for five: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman and Mike Piazza.

The excitement of receiving a ballot that has a name like Junior Griffey’s on it is the especially fun part of being a Hall voter. That is the kind of player the Cooperstown gallery room was created for — next to Ruth, Cobb, Aaron and Mays. You know that player when his five-year countdown begins and your vote is unquestionable. That brings us to everyone else on the 2016 list, and the effort to determine whether any other candidates should share the stage with him.

Neither Bonds nor Clemens exactly sweeps the Rule No. 5 categories on voting criteria, yet they are top-four all-time by position and that trumps character shortcomings. Hoffman was the first to 600 saves in an era when hitters dominated, and Piazza’s election is just overdue.

Jeff Bagwell continues to be an agonizing decision, more agonizing each year due to statistical analysis and debate. I disagree with those who “cover the field” with 10 safety check marks each year, as the bottleneck has declined. I can see both sides to Bagwell, and being on the fence is not a Hall vote to me unless you are covering the field.

The 2016 Hall of Fame results will be announced at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday on MLB.com and MLB Network.

The Unbiased MLB Fan identified four names that would be on his ballot, while Sons of ’84 has eight — plus a ninth vote for a write-in. Darryl of 210Sports explains the rationale behind his would-be ballot, and The First 90 Feet sees a ballot so packed that some worthy names will need to wait. The Wayniac Nation views Ken Griffey, Jr. and Trevor Hoffman as no-brainers (and hopes Tim Raines will get in at last), and Baseball with Matt adds Billy Wagner to the list of deserving former stars in their first year of Hall eligibility. The Baseball Continuum looks at the recent decision by the Veterans Committee to not induct anyone, while Statis Pro 1978 Replay looks at Alan Trammell’s last hurrah and Yankeebiscuitfan argues for more closers in Cooperstown.

Who would you have chosen? Please add the URL of your own blog post about the Hall vote in the comments below so we can see everyone’s opinions. And as always, be sure to follow MLB.com/blogs to see daily surfacing of great posts around our community.

Happy New Year,

– Mark Newman

Happy Holidays from MLB.com

Happy Holidays!

It’s been another great year of baseball blogging here. Please be sure to blog your own 2015 year-end post and leave the URL here so we can show them all off. Then prepare for the 2015 MLB.com/blogs Top 100 Latest Leaders badges that we will be handing out soon. Is yours going to be on the list?

Happy Holidays from us at Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

Bulldogs, Blogs and Baseball

SAMSUNG CSCReally enjoyed seeing the Rangers’ Bark in the Park recap post by Kaylan Eastepp, the Rangers’ director of interactive and social media. This is one you have to see. Follow the Sweet Spot in Baseball blog, and join us at the all-new MLB.com/blogs portal as we surface cool posts around the baseball community. And as long as we’re on the subject, I’m going to take this opportunity to give some love to my English Bulldog, King Bingley (OK and my wife, sorry), so feel free to comment here or at MLB.com/blogs with shots of your own baseball pet.


Make sure you hang out regularly at MLB.com/blogs and leave your blog’s URL in the comments there as it’s easy traffic to your site from our main blogs gateway. And tell Kayla we sent you over there. She might even have tips on how to score a job in baseball.

How did you vote? Share your ballot post

After you vote to decide starters for the 86th Midsummer Classic this summer, Blog the Ballot. We’re surfacing posts about the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot at MLB.com/blogs, so please just leave your Permalink there so we can highlight and send more traffic to your blog. We’ll list yours among our ongoing rollout of posts. Spread the word about the all-new MLB.com/blogs…

Opening Day? There’s a blog for that.

Opening Day is right around there’s a blog for that. Introducing OPENERS, which we just launched this week. We’ll be counting down the days and posting around the clock through the final home openers. It’s the only place to find all of the announced Opening Day starting pitchers (we add each time there’s a new one), it’s a repository for injury updates, it’s where you’ll find classic Opening Day quotes, what’s new in 2015 ballpark concession fare, video team previews, and tons of content from the only network of 30 traveling beat writers, our MLB.com columnists, MLB Network talent, great photographers and much more. It is integrated with our social team featuring tweets, and you’ll want to include #OpeningDay on your social posts. Please give it a follow in the widget on the right side of the blog, and leave comments here so we can highlight your own content along the way as well. Opening Day…almost here.

Follow the OPENERS blog!

Introducing #AskTheHistorian

thorn-askthehistorianJohn Thorn, Official Historian for Major League Baseball and veteran MLB PRO Blogger, has been answering quite a few historical questions from fans on Twitter of late. For the responses requiring more than 140 characters, John has introduced a new feature to his popular blog that is required reading for all baseball fans. It’s called #AskTheHistorian and encourages fans to submit their questions that they’d like to see him address. So fire away with your toughest historical queries, and if you’re not already following Our Game, make sure to click the “Sign me up!” button on the right side of his blog to sign up for email notifications of new posts.

‘Pitchers & Catchers Report’ – What It Means To You

Matt Cain & Buster Posey report in 2013 - after their previous title
PitchersAndCatchersReport2They are four of the most beautiful words in the language: “Pitchers and Catchers Report.” What do those four simple words mean to you?

I will be writing an MLB.com story about those words in the next few days as we count down to #BaseballBegins on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and I would like to include some fans within the responses — mixed with pitchers, catchers, managers, legends, execs, broadcasters, groundskeepers, a Grapefruit League city mayor and more. Please leave your response in the comments here. Include your first and last name, hometown and favorite team. And if you blog about the subject yourself, either here at MLB.com/blogs or elsewhere, please be sure to leave a Permalink URL in the comments so we can get people there.

Here’s to that incredible time of year for all of us and another big Baseball season!

– Mark

Latest Leaders – October 2014

Latest Leaders logoAnother memorable baseball season ended with San Francisco celebrating a third World Series title in five years, and Giants blogs like SF Giants Photos, Bumgarner Snotrockets, Cove Chatter, and More Splash Hits rank among the traffic leaders for October. Meanwhile, the fired-up Hot Stove blog is prepared to take its customary place atop the rankings. Put the first piece in place for your own championship season by creating your own MLB.com Blog, powered by WordPress.com.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from October 1-31:

Cardinals Insider makes its Leaders debut right out of the chute…
1. Dodger Insider
2. SF Giants Photos
3. Dodgers Photog Blog
4. TribeVibe
5. On Cloud Conine
6. The Halo Way
7. Cait Covers the Bases
8. Around the Horn in KC
9. Curly W Live
10. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
11. Friar Wire
12. Desde el Desierto
13. Cubs Vine Line Blog
14. Comerica Park, 48201
15. Better Off Red
16. Our Game
17. Cardinals Insider
18. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
19. Hot Stove
20. MLB.com Fantasy 411
21. Braves Give
22. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
23. OutsidePitchMLB LLC
24. Clubhouse Confidential
25. Inside the White Sox
26. Phillies Insider
27. Rays Radio
28. CastroTurf
29. Astros Mission Control
30. Matt’s Bats
31. Reds Urban Youth Academy
32. Newberg Report
33. Twinsiders
34. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
35. Twins Pics
36. Speaking Baseball
37. Baseball with Matt
38. Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords
39. Step up to B.A.T.
40. Cincinnati Reds Camps
41. 1 Citizens Bank Way
42. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
44. BTF Today
45. Kaat’s Korner
46. A Twinternal Perspective
47. The First Week of Summer
48. Write ’em Cowboy
50. One More Cup of Coffee

Get an insider view of the AFL with the MiLB.com PROSPECTive Blog…
1. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
2. Ben’s Biz Blog
3. Callis’ Corner
4. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
5. Inside the San Jose Giants
6. The Inside Pitch
7. 45 Miles From Fenway
8. Rattler Radio
9. Sound Bytes Blog
10. Rollin’ with Rick PawSox
11. It’s All Relative
12. ‘Cats Corner
13. ‘Riders Insider Blog
14. Rolling Thunder
15. Red, White and the 3-0 Green Light
16. Unlocking the Keys
17. Nine Lives
18. Docking With the Ports
19. Porcupines in Pinstripes
20. Chirp Chatter
21. The 2-2 Pitch
22. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
23. Hit Bull Win Blog
24. From the Nest
25. Knight Fever

The Royals’ World Series run helped power the rise of kahunasroyals
1. Tilted Cap
2. Pepper Mets Blog
3. The Baseball Collector
4. The AustralianBaseballDigest
5. Universo Béisbol
6. The Unbiased MLB Fan
7. Beisbol 007
8. Bumgarner Snotrockets
9. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
10. The Brewer Nation
11. The Baseball Haven
12. Cove Chatter
13. mlbblogger
14. BBSTmlb.com
15. Dodger Blue World
16. Coco Crisp’s Afro
17. Dazzy Vance Chronicles
18. MLB Prospect Pulse
19. More Splash Hits
20. eltubeyero22
21. Minor League Madhouse
22. 81 Giants for 93
23. baseballqueen
24. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
25. OllieNYankees
26. The Mariners Minute
27. brettmcgmlb
28. Giants Fan Carm
29. The Diamond Nine
30. Minoring In Baseball
31. Fish Fry
32. Gamer Babes from Half Moon Bay
33. Blue Jays Musings
34. TheCutoffMan
35. My Orange Crush
36. BrokeMets
37. Gregg’s Baseball Bookcase
38. A Piece of The Game
39. It’s Always A Good Dre in L.A.
40. The Yankee Dinosaur
41. Desde el Monstruo Verde
42. Punky G. (G stands for Giants!)
43. Plouffe’s New Hairdo
44. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
45. The Canuck Cubbie
46. The Angels’ Ace
47. Born on Third
48. Flashin’ Leather
49. Our National(s) Pastime
50. kahunasroyals

With their finger on the pulse of their clubs and powering the Hot Stove blog…
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Beck’s Blog
3. Mark My Word
4. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
5. The Zo Zone
6. Bowman’s Blog
7. Mariners Musings
8. Britt’s Bird Watch
9. Postcards From Elysian Fields
10. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
11. Bombers Beat
12. Tag’s Lines
13. The Fish Pond
14. Major League Bastian
15. Brew Beat
16. Brownie Points
17. Hardball in the Rockies
18. Haft-Baked Ideas
19. All Nats All the Time
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.