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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.

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!

Video embedding update

Embedding MLB.com videos onto your MLB.com Blog is back to normal, and thanks for your patience.

Want to blog about Homer Bailey’s latest no-hitter? Watch the video on MLB.com and click “Embed” there and copy the embed code. Using the Text tab of your dashboard’s New Post field, paste the code as I’m doing here:

Tip: To make the video fill the entire blog column width, as you see here, change the width in the code from 400 to 550, and change the height from 224 to 318.

And while we’re on the subject, see my story on MLB.com to find out how to get a free Domino’s pizza thanks to Homer.

Latest Leaders – May 2013

Latest Leaders logoThe blogging around here is heating up along with the weather. With exciting rookies, breakout performances, the First-Year Player Draft, All-Star voting and the customary thrill of baseball season, there’s certainly plenty going on. We had some promising debuts of our own recently, with the likes of The Halo Way, From the Reds Hall, and Vottoshop Wednesday. Join them by making this the month you start your own blog and take advantage of the relationship between MLB Advanced Media and WordPress.com. Participate in our community, build an audience, and you’ll be appearing here in the Latest Leaders before long.

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

This blog is hearing footsteps with newcomer The Halo Way hot on our heels…
1. John & Cait…Plus Nine
2. MLB.com Fantasy 411
3. SF Giants Photos
4. Brandon and Brandon
5. Better Off Red
6. Curly W Live
7. Baseball Nerd
8. Dodgers Photog Blog
9. Cubs Vine Line Blog
10. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
11. TribeVibe
12. Comerica Park, 48201
13. White Shark
14. So I Married A Baseball Player…
15. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
16. The Halo Way
17. Our Game
18. Around the Horn in KC
20. Roof Report
21. Phillies Insider
22. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
23. CastroTurf
24. Inside the White Sox
25. Cooperstown Chatter
26. Newberg Report
27. Eric Sogard’s Glasses
28. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
29. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife
30. Justice4U
31. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
32. Wild Things
33. Braves Give
34. Clubhouse Confidential
35. Rays Radio
36. Desde el Desierto
37. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
38. The Cutoff Man
39. Ozzie Speaks
40. Beyond the Ballpark
41. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
42. Baseball Books
43. A Twinternal Perspective
44. Indians Off the Field
45. Reds Camps
46. Baseball with Matt
47. Step up to B.A.T.
48. Padres hispanos
49. Dodgers History
50. From the Reds Hall

The Draft had everyone thinking about prospects, which is par for the course for the new leader…
1. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
2. Ben’s Biz Blog
3. The Dash Board
4. Salem Sox Talk
5. Rattler Radio
6. Hook, Line, and Sinker
7. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
8. Walking with a Swagerty
9. Inside the Jackson Generals
10. ‘Riders Insider Blog
11. It’s All Relative
12. Unlocking the Keys
13. M-Braves Clubhouse Report
14. Porcupines in Pinstripes
15. 45 Miles From Fenway
16. Rich Burk’s Hillsboro Hops “Blog to be Named Later”
17. Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis
18. Inside the San Jose Giants
19. Intimidating Insight
20. Docking With the Ports
21. The Tune-Up Blog
22. Chirp Chatter
23. Rollin’ with Rick
24. The Sprouting News
25. The Schlact Stories
26. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
27. Playing In Peoria
28. Colorado Springs Sky Sox Official Team Blog
29. Socci On The Sox
30. Yard Work
31. The Inside Pitch
32. The G-Blog
33. ‘Cats Corner
34. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
35. Express Tracks
36. Inside the Chiefs
37. CurveBall Blog
38. From the Nest
39. Staten Island Yankees
40. Barons Beat
41. Knight Fever
42. Delmarva Shorebirds Blog
43. B-Mets Buzz with Tim Heiman
44. Sound Bytes Blog
45. MiLB Snap Shots
46. Go IronBirds!
47. Hawk’s Eye: View From The Booth
48. Indy Baseball Chatter
49. Bird Droppings
50. Bill On Baseball

Credit some outstanding Draft coverage with our big gainer’s rise all the way from 47th to 14th…
1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. The AustralianBaseballDigest
4. A’s Farm
5. The Brewer Nation
6. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
7. The Unbiased MLB Fan
8. Beisbol 007
9. mlbblogger
10. Ballparks on a Budget
11. Pinstripe Birthdays
12. Born on Third
13. The Ballpark Guide
14. Prospects2Pros
15. Three Up, Three Down
16. Rockpile Rant
17. Observing Baseball
18. Dodger Blue World
19. The Baseball Haven
20. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
21. 7000 Coliseum Way
22. Phillies Phollowers
23. The Cub Den
24. Where Everyone’s a Giant
25. Minoring In Baseball
26. TheCutoffMan
27. Fish Fry
28. Formerly Fausto: A Baseball Blog
29. TheBaseballPHD
30. 9 Inning Know It All
31. The Blue Jays Dugout
32. The Rays Rant
33. The Best MLBlog
34. Rockin’ Redlegs
35. CardinalsFarm
36. More Splash Hits
37. Why Did My Dad Make Me a Mets Fan?
38. Cream City Cables
39. Throwin’ Heat
40. The Yankee Dinosaur
41. This is a very simple game…
42. The Angels’ Ace
43. Head First Slide Productions
44. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
45. Talkin’ Rockies
46. Rox Addict
47. Miami Carlins Fantasy Baseball
48. eltubeyero22
49. One Strike Away…Twice!
50. Blue Jays Talk

Your team of intrepid beat writers continue their travels from coast to coast to keep you in the loop…
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Mark My Word
3. Beck’s Blog
4. The Zo Zone
5. Bowman’s Blog
6. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
7. Postcards From Elysian Fields
8. Bombers Beat
9. Britt’s Bird Watch
10. Mariners Musings
11. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
12. Tag’s Lines
13. Brew Beat
14. Mets Cetera
15. The Fish Pond
16. Brownie Points
17. Change for a Nickel
18. Major League Bastian
19. North of the Border
20. Bollinger Beat

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.

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.


MLB.com/blogs Latest Leaders – July 2012

Latest Leaders logoWe’re into the final third of the season at MLB.com/blogs and the Trade Deadline has passed. Not surprisingly, the Trade Buzz behemoth rode that excitement to the overall top spot, as MLB.com’s team of beat writers kept us all up to date on the very latest on the trade front. Elsewhere in the MLB PRO Division, Camille Campins Adams, wife of Yankees prospect David Adams, jumps past Mitch Williams to make her Latest Leaders debut with My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife. While the Oakland A’s have blossomed this season, so has A’s Farm, which continues to climb the FAN rankings all the way now to sixth. July was a big month for Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo and also for Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat, who cleans up in the Beat Reporter standings. Congratulations to all who made the list, and remember to always leave your full URL with comments here and use TW/FB widgets to help grow your following.

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

1. Trade Buzz
2. Better Off Red
3. SF Giants Photos
4. The USA Baseball 14U Blog
5. MLB.com Fantasy 411
6. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
7. Baseball Nerd
8. Curly W Live
9. Brandon and Brandon
10. Ben’s Biz Blog
11. Dodgers Photog Blog
12. John & Cait…Plus Nine
13. TribeVibe
14. Alyson’s Footnotes
15. 45 Miles From Fenway
16. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
17. Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162
18. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
19. Around the Horn in KC
20. The Dash Board
21. Phillies Insider
22. The USA Baseball 17U Blog
23. The USA Baseball 15U National Team Blog
24. Express Tracks
26. White Shark
27. Rattler Radio
28. Cooperstown Chatter
29. Desde el Desierto
30. MLB Urban Youth Academy
31. Above the Plate
32. CastroTurf
33. Our Game
34. Cubs Vine Line Blog
35. Inside the White Sox
36. The G-Blog
37. Clubhouse Confidential
38. Newberg Report
39. The Sprouting News
40. Inside the Jackson Generals
41. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
42. ‘Cats Corner
43. ‘Riders Insider Blog
44. The Futurists
45. It’s All Relative
46. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife
47. Roof Report
48. Bloomberg Sports
49. Wild Things
50. Canadians Clippings

1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. The AustralianBaseballDigest
4. The Brewer Nation
5. Red State Blue State
6. A’s Farm
7. Beisbol 007
8. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
9. Counting Baseballs
10. Born on Third
11. Rockpile Rant
12. The Ballpark Guide
13. mlbblogger
14. Pinstripe Birthdays
15. Brewers Rumors
16. Phillies Phollowers
17. The Baseball Haven
18. Observing Baseball
19. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
20. Three Up, Three Down
21. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
22. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
23. The Unbiased MLB Fan
24. Cream City Cables
25. Rockin’ Redlegs
26. TheCutoffMan
27. Minoring In Baseball
28. Fish Fry
29. baseballqueen
30. This is a very simple game…
31. The Rays Rant
32. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
33. Royal Blues
34. All Things Pirates: Breaking down the Buccos
35. The Yankee Dinosaur
36. More Splash Hits
37. 9 Inning Know It All
38. Rox Addict
39. Ballparks on a Budget
40. Grab Some Bench!
41. If You Write It, They Will Come
42. 1992 And Counting
43. Dyna Mets
44. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
45. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
46. Battling Bucs
47. eltubeyero22
48. Phillies Red Pinstripes
49. Wrigley Regular
50. swingingbuntz

Discover more great Fan blogs like:
The Fix MLB Report
The ‘Stros Bros
Everything Pro Ball

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

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.

New: Embed MLB.com video in your blog

Good news for everyone who maintains an MLB.com Blog: You can easily embed and share MLB.com and MLB Network videos in your posts now, as Jamie Ramsey and Marty Noble have done. Look for clips that say “EMBED” among the Share icons under the video, and then copy the code. In your WordPress dashboard text field, click the HTML tab and simply paste the code where you want.

Let’s say you want to post a Barry Larkin HOF video. Search our video for Barry Larkin and find http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20052845&c_id=mlb – then you see the grey “EMBED” button under the video, and just copy that html code. If you don’t see the “EMBED” button on one of our clips, it is not available for sharing yet.

I just went to our Video home on MLB.com and searched for “MLB Network.” Freddie Freeman is talking about his time with the Braves so far. Sounds like a good blog post for someone on MLB.com Blogs, sharing your own view on what it has been like watching him as a Brave so far. I’m embedding the video…easy stuff…here you go.

Text, videos, pics, polls, comments, awesome dashboard — lots of reasons why you need a blog in 2012 besides that Twitter and FB account. Use Twitter and FB to get people to your blog so they can see a nice-sized video player with MLB.com video, and add TW and FB widgets to your blog. It all works together…now with video.

RSVP for Bloomberg Fantasy Event

As you may have read below, Bloomberg and MLB.com have entered into a partnership to launch two new state of the art analytic products, one for the professional teams, and one for fantasy sports and general interest.  We delivered the professional product to the teams at the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis for a six-month trial, and the response was very strong.  The consumer product designed for fantasy players and avid fans will launch in mid February.

Bloomberg will be hosting an invitation-only event in New York on Sunday, January 31, to give a sneak peek at the consumer product to key baseball media, to get feedback before it goes to market.

The meeting will take place on Sunday so that those interested in coming from out of town would be able to join, with enough time to take everyone through the product step by step.  Food and drink will be served.

We would like you to join us for the event and get a preview of this fun, innovative, state-of-the art tool that will grow both the fantasy baseball market and overall interest in baseball.  An outline of the product, as well as preliminary press reaction, can be seen at www.bloombergsports.com.

Seating for the event is limited, so if you would like to join us please respond for further details and credentialing.

Thanks for your time and interest, and we hope to see you on January 31.

Please RSVP to Joe Favorito at bbsports@bloomberg.net.

An exciting new fantasy product

We hope you are enjoying the off-season and all the Hot Stove talk that is starting to build during the winter meetings and beyond.

You may have heard recently about a new product for Fantasy Baseball that Bloomberg and MLB.com are readying for the 2010 baseball season…a product that takes player analysis to a new level, and will be a lot of fun for fantasy players. Here is the link to a story about the product in the New York Times.

The BLOOMBERG SPORTS(TM) team wants to be sure that you are aware of the product, as someone who is passionately involved in the coverage of baseball.  We will be reaching out to you to sample the service and get your input before it is available to consumers.  The feedback of those who follow the sport so closely is invaluable to Bloomberg in building the best tool ever for baseball fans.

We are organizing an invitation-only event in New York City in late January for a group of the most influential baseball writers who would like to learn about the development of the product and the technology behind it.  We hope you will be able to join us for this event, where you will get a complete walk-through of the new service and a free subscription to these analytical tools.

We hope to see you in January, and we know you will be impressed by this one-of-a-kind product.

Add the Trade Talk blog

Make sure you put the brand-new Trade Talk blog on your browser toolbar strip or save the RSS feed to your blogreader — whatever it takes to make this an around-the-clock fixture in your life between now and the July 31 trading deadline. It is constantly updated by our 30 Major League Baseball team correspondents here at MLB.com. We’re the only media outlet that staffs every MLB press box with two dedicated beat writers on a traveling basis, and they are at the source of discussions with the general managers and player personnel folks. They are also routinely talking to each other and asking the right questions of those execs, knowing each club’s up-to-date needs and stances on the issues. Jump into this blog with your comments, ask your questions, tell them and others what you are hearing in the rumor mill as well, and make Trade Talk a staple in your trading season life.

Welcome to Phillies Red Pinstripes, who started an MLBlog this month. We also want to thank that blog’s author for providing the link back to our All-Star coverage index area from the reposting of my colleague Ken Mandel’s article about Chase Utley’s All-Star voting update. With that AP settlement case involving The Drudge Retort in the news recently, it’s worth pointing out that common courtesy here. The MLBlogs Network has an “official affiliate/unofficial opinions” relationship to MLB.com, but please just credit and put a link back if you do reproduce one of our writers’ articles from MLB.com and the 30 club sites.

Welcome also to our newest MLB PRO BLOG: Redlegs in the Community. The fact that so many clubs want to create blogs and audiences that way only further demonstrates the growing trend that everybody in baseball has to be blogging.

Personal note Part I: It’s time to start another New York City Marathon training program, now that it’s coming upon 16 weeks out from the November 2 event. Base is around 23-25 miles/wk right now. Updated the running blog, too. Any runners out there, please feel free to hit me up with great suggestions and network.

Personal note Part II: Every now and then I just want to replay some of my favorite baseball video clips I have uploaded to youtube. Here are a handful for kicks. You can place them in your own MLBlog by taking the embed code and clicking the last icon on the right of the toolbar above your text field. Here are some examples:

Great batting practice catch. I was hanging around the third base area as Tigers BP was starting and took this with my Canon A540 during the 2006 World Series in Detroit. Jeremy Bonderman basically saves some of his teammates, including Todd Jones, Joel Zumaya, manager Jim Leyland…and I don’t remember if that’s Andy Van Slyke or maybe Kenny Rogers standing next to Leyland. Here you go:

Post some of your own videos and comment with examples here.