Tagged: matthew leach

53 possible matchups

Matthew Leach sits right here next to me at the MLB.com HQ in NYC and he also was the first of our MLB.com reporters to start an MLB.com Blog, Obviously You’re Not a Golfer, back in 2005. He has done a lot of things first for us, so it wasn’t a surprise to me that he just became the first person to actually start listing all the possible Division Series matchups. There are at least 53 by his count, which is a pretty graphic way of showing just how out-of-control intense these final days are going to be, right through another final Wednesday, any possible play-in tiebreakers, and the first-ever Wild Card playoff games in both leagues. Take a look at his list and see if you’re team’s on it, check out Matthew’s columns, and while you’re at it, read my story about Best Night Ever, share it on Facebook and Twitter, and say a Happy Birthday to a sequence of 2011 games that made most of us scream.

Who’s ready for an unbelievable finish to this regular season, and who’s posting about it?

Stay tuned for the MLB.com Latest Leaders for September after the weekend…and thanks to everyone for the great response to our callout to be part of our brand-new series, “Meet the Bloggers.” Many of you already have left comments here requesting to be featured with a Q&A, and right now the main priority is seeing who we can interview on camera out at the ballpark — while the ballparks are still open! Let me know in the comments if you are planning to be at any of the MLB ballparks between now and the end of the regular season. We probably can do some during the Postseason but it will be more hectic then. See previous post for more.

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.

Latest Leaders – March 3-11

Latest Leaders in the MLBlogs Network by page view, for the period from March 3-11.

The Latest Leaders will look a little different this week, as I split them into four categories. Reasons for this include the fast proliferation of player MLBlogs (30 prospect blogs are gradually being rolled out, plus Torii Hunter of the Angels and Reed Johnson of the Cubs are about to start), the incorporation of SNY Network and YES Network blogs into the MLBlogs Network, and the fact all 30 MLB.com beat writers now have MLBlogs. Hope you enjoy the list and thanks for the great MLBlogging!


1. Deep Thoughts By Gordon Beckham
2. Dining with ‘Dre
3. Disco Hayes
4. Moskie Madness
5. Life in Grey Pants
6. Behind the Mask
7. Bally’s Blog
8. A Lesson in Suttle-ty
9. The Young and the Braves
10. kevin slowey’s (offseason) blog
11. Perk’s Place
12. Wagner’s Compositions
13. The life and times of Javy
14. Looking Through the Mask
15. Koppers’ Kaos
16. Bloggin’ with D-back Dan


1. MetsBlog
2. Bronx Banter
3. MLB.TV Blog
4. Mets Minor League Blog
5. Was Watching
6. Pinstriped Bible
7. Inside the Dodgers
8. YES Blog
9. MLB.com Fantasy 411
10. Around the Horn in KC
11. *touch* ’em all
12. Phillies Insider
13. The Baseball Collector
14. Inside the Giants Clubhouse
15. Inside the White Sox
16. Newberg Report
17. Kaat’s Korner
18. The Max
19. MLBlogosphere lol
20. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
21. Red Sox Insider Blog
22. Tommy Lasorda’s World
23. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
24. Friar John’s Blog
25. Ben’s Biz Blog
26. Reds Internal Affairs
27. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
29. Twins Ballpark Update
30. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
31. Comerica Park, 48201
32. The Dog Ate Daron’s Homework..Again
33. MLB Urban Youth Academy
34. got milb?
35. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
36. Is this thing on?
37. Gameday
38. It’s a Kind of a Family. It’s a Kind of Insanity.
39. Diggin’ In to the Legends with SuperMario & EBJ
40. Jesse Sanchez at the Park


1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Red State Blue State
3. Julia’s Rants
4. Rockpile Rant
5. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
6. FutureAngels.com
7. Rays Renegade
8. Plunking Gomez
9. King of Cali
10. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
11. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
12. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
13. A Diatribe from a Law Student: Baseball Edition
14. Phillies Phollowers
15. Redbird Chatter
16. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
17. The ‘Burgh Blues
18. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
19. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
20. Braves World
21. Unfinished Business
23. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
24. The Closer
25. A Misplaced Astros Fan
26. Phillies Red Pinstripes
27. Cubs Gal Who Loves Baseball
28. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
29. Baseball Canadiana
30. Statistician Magician
31. Baseball Bats
32. The 1 Constant…Baseball
33. All Baseball All The Time
34. crzblue’s World
35. Flair For The Dramatic
36. Bringing Diamond Back(s)
37. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
38. Between The Chalk
39. District Boy
40. King Yankees
41. I Live for This
42. Up in Section 360
43. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB
44. Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog
45. MLB in the eyes of a 13 year old
47. Mets’ Main Man
48. Totally Tribe
49. The Season Experience
50. Perfect Pitch


1. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
2. Bowman’s Blog
3. The Zo Zone
4. Bombers Beat
5. CastroTurf
6. Muskat Ramblings
7. Beck’s Blog
8. Postcards from Elysian Fields
9. Alyson’s Footnotes
10. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
11. Major League Bastian
12. Mark My Word
13. Brownie Points
14. Being Ozzie Guillen
15. Noble Thoughts
16. Brew Beat
17. Kenny G Around the Horn
18. Jim Street Vet Scribe
19. The Spence Report
20. Big Urb Baseball
21. Haft-Baked Ideas
22. The Fish Pond
23. Kelly’s Corner
24. rallymonkeys
25. Who’s your Padre?
26. Hardball in the Rockies
27. All Nats All the Time
28. Rays Plays
29. Royals Beat
30. The Tao of Steve

Latest Leaders – Feb. 24-March 2

Latest Leaders in the MLBlogs Network by page view, for the period from Feb. 24-March 2.


Matthew Leach was the first MLB.com writer ever to start an MLBlog, with his intro post nearly four years ago. “So here goes…” he concluded back then, and at this point Obviously You’re Not a Golfer is the most-viewed in the MLBlogs Network of megathousands. Your friendly neighborhood blog-watcher here was an aberration at No. 6 because I used this space for a morning-to-night liveblog of last week’s first full day of live baseball games — and benefitted humbly from the top headline on MLB.com. Daniel Moskos remains the top player blogger (look for Yankee farmhand Bradley Suttle to rise based on early startup returns), and Cub fans are enjoying the latest Vine Line fare from Arizona.

1. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
2. Bowman’s Blog
3. Bombers Beat
4. The Zo Zone
5. YES Blog
6. MLBlogosphere lol
7. Inside the Dodgers
8. Pinstriped Bible
9. CastroTurf
10. Muskat Ramblings
11. Postcards from Elysian Fields
12. Beck’s Blog
13. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
14. MLB.com Fantasy 411
15. Mark My Word
16. Being Ozzie Guillen
17. Major League Bastian
18. Brownie Points
19. Alyson’s Footnotes
20. Noble Thoughts
21. Around the Horn in KC
22. Kenny G Around the Horn
23. rallymonkeys
24. Jim Street Vet Scribe
25. Phillies Insider
26. Brew Beat
27. Head First
28. Big Urb Baseball
29. Kelly’s Corner
30. Moskie Madness
31. *touch* ’em all
32. The Fish Pond
33. Who’s your Padre?
34. Inside the White Sox
35. The Baseball Collector
36. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
37. Haft-Baked Ideas
38. Newberg Report
39. Inside the Giants Clubhouse
40. Dining with ‘Dre
41. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
42. Hardball in the Rockies
43. Red Sox Insider Blog
44. Reds Internal Affairs
45. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
46. Kaat’s Korner
47. Behind the Mask
48. Tommy Lasorda’s World
49. Royals Beat
50. Ben’s Biz Blog

Honorable mention:
The Max,
Friar John’s Blog,
All Nats All the Time,
Rays Plays,
Bally’s Blog.


It’s been a great Spring Training so far for Erin and her beloved Twins, as Plunking Gomez just shot up from 26 to 10. Watch out for YANKEEOLOGY, which has come out of nowhere to snag the No. 11 spot among fan templates. Our followers at the Official MLBlogs Twitter (@mlblogs) know Rosh well, and save for the occasional snowdrift he’s on a roll. Jane retains the top spot in this category and make sure you check out her book-signing post!

1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Red State Blue State
3. Julia’s Rants
4. Rockpile Rant
5. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
6. The ‘Burgh Blues
7. FutureAngels.com
8. Rays Renegade
9. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
10. Plunking Gomez
12. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
13. The 1 Constant…Baseball
14. Phillies Phollowers
15. Statistician Magician
16. A Diatribe from a Law Student: Baseball Edition
17. King Yankees
18. (:> Bird Brained
19. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
20. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
21. The Closer
22. King of Cali
23. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
25. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
26. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
27. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
28. I Live for This
29. Phillies Red Pinstripes
30. Baseball Canadiana
31. Unfinished Business
32. Baseball Bats
33. MLB in the eyes of a 13 year old
34. Chris’ Yankee Blog
35. Rangers Lowlights for Cynics
36. Mets’ Main Man
37. Red Sox Faithful
38. Up in Section 360
40. All Baseball All The Time
41. Flair For The Dramatic
42. The Redbird Media
43. San Diego Wannabes
44. Brett’s Mets
45. crzblue’s World
46. Perfect Pitch
47. A Misplaced Astros Fan
48. Totally Tribe
49. The Season Experience
50. Yankees Chick

Honorable mention:
Bringing Diamond Back(s),
Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog,
Confessions Of A Baseball Fan,
District Boy,
Cambios y Curvas.

As always, this list is intended for fun only. No snobbery or sniping. Best way to make the fan list is to comment regular on other MLBlogs and always leave your full URL, and also to be on our Official MLBlogs Twitter and post frequent tweets including a link to your blog.