Tagged: Pick Me Up Some Mets!

Latest Leaders – April 2010

The first month of the season saw MLBloggers hit the ground running. MetsBlog.com retains its spot atop the Pro Blogs, with Keith Olbermann’s Baseball Nerd rising in the rankings. Confessions of a She-Fan once again drew the most traffic amongst Fan Blogs, with Pick Me Up Some Mets! and Red State Blue State on her heels. In the MLB.com Beat Writer division, Todd Zolecki’s The Zo Zone edged out Muskat Ramblings.

Here are your full Latest Leaders for April:

1. MetsBlog.com  
2. Mets Minor League Blog  
3. Bronx Banter  
4. Baseball Nerd  
5. MLB.com Fantasy 411  
6. Better Off Red  
7. Inside the Dodgers  
8. The Baseball Collector  
9. Beat the Streak Report  
10. Alyson’s Footnotes  
11. The Byrd’s Nest  
12. Bloomberg Sports  
13. Fan Interference  
14. Around the Horn in KC  
15. *touch* ’em all  
16. Ben’s Biz Blog  
17. Inside the White Sox  
18. Phillies Insider  
19. The Kimberly Jones Blog  
20. Behind the Mask  
21. Inside the Giants Clubhouse  
22. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls  
23. Heard It From Hoard  
24. Welcome to Third and King  
25. Twins Ballpark Update  
26. Newberg Report  
27. Notes from NatsTown  
28. Torii’s Storiis  
29. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful  
30. MLBlogosphere (lol)
31. Big Papi’s Blog  
32. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog  
33. MLB Urban Youth Academy  
34. Tommy Lasorda’s World  
36. The Schlact Stories  
37. Triple Play with Megan Robinson  
38. Official Rockies Fan Guestbook  
39. MLB.com Mobile Blog  
40. Above the Plate  
41. Friar John’s Blog  
42. View From the Booth  
43. Red Sox Insider Blog  
44. Gameday  
45. A Voice From Twins Territory  
46. The LumberBlog  
47. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs  
48. Is this thing on?  
50. Kara’s Hot Corner    

1. Confessions of a She-Fan  
2. Pick Me Up Some Mets!  
3. Red State Blue State  
4. The Future Blog of the Red Sox  
5. Rockpile Rant   
6. Rays Renegade  
7. Julia’s Rants  
8. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog  
9. Phillies Phollowers  
10. I Live for This  
11. Unfinished Business  
12. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk  
13. The Infield Dirt  
14. Yankees Chick  
15. The Three Bs  
16. Confessions Of A Baseball Fan  
17. Counting Baseballs  
18. Pretty In Pinstripes  
19. Passion & Pride Collide  
20. Yankee Yapping  
21. I’m Not A Headline Guy…  
22. Phillies Outside  
23. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World  
24. FutureAngels.com  
25. The Pittsburgh Peas  
26. The Closer(s)  
28. Baseball Canadiana  
30. Love of The Game: Through 2 Different Pairs of Eyes  
31. This is what the girl thinks….  
32. The 1 Constant  
33. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees  
34. A Girl’s View of the Brewers, and Other Related Baseball Things  
35. METrospection & More  
36. A Diatribe from a Journalism Student  
37. Baseball And Red Sox All The Way From Ireland!  
38. More Cowbell  
39. The Friar Faithful  
40. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts  
41. Indians, Cardinals, and Tigers! Oh my!  
42. The Watercooler  
43. A Misplaced Astros Fan  
44. Cardinal Girl  
45. Amazine  
46. Art of the Pale Hose  
47. Underneath the Halo  
48. Ted’s Take  
49. Perpetual Padres Saga  
50. Baseball Cleats & Shoes  


1. The Zo Zone  
2. Muskat Ramblings  
3. Major League Bastian  
4. Bombers Beat  
5. Bowman’s Blog  
6. Beck’s Blog  
7. Mark My Word  
8. Brew Beat  
9. CastroTurf  
10. Brownie Points  
11. Postcards from Elysian Fields  
12. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer  
13. Britt’s Bird Watch  
14. Noble Thoughts  
15. By Gosh, It’s Langosch  
16. Haft-Baked Ideas  
17. The Fish Pond  
18. Kelly’s Corner  
19. All Nats All the Time  
20. Tag’s Lines 

Latest Leaders – Mar. 28-Apr. 14

The MLB.TV Blog proved to be very popular as masses of fans around the world followed its development with the latest news on product updates and helped with beta testing. Making her debut in the Latest Leaders is blogging debutante Kim Jones. Also rising in the Pro Blog rankings is the New Era Call-Up Blog.

Pick Me Up Some Mets made the big leap among the fan blogs, jumping up to the second spot, just behind Confessions of a She-Fan, who finished in the top spot..

1. Reed Between the Lines
2. Torii’s Storiis
3. Behind the Mask
4. Deep Thoughts By Gordon Beckham
5. Dining with ‘Dre
6. Laying Down the Lawrie
7. Plouffe!
8. Disco Hayes
9. Perk’s Place
10. Moskie Madness
11. kevin slowey’s (offseason) blog
12. Wagner’s Compositions
13. Bally’s Blog
14. The Doctor (Doolittle) Is In
15. Life in Grey Pants
16. Rantin’ and Raben
17. Kopper’s Kaos
18. A lesson in Suttle-ty
19. Looking Through the Mask
20. Dorn’s Dish

1. MetsBlog.com
2. Bronx Banter
3. MLB.TV Blog
4. MLB.com Fantasy 411
5. Mets Minor League Blog
6. WasWatching.com
7. Pinstriped Bible
8. Inside the Dodgers
9. YES Blog
10. The Kimberly Jones Blog
11. Around the Horn in KC
12. The Baseball Collector
13. Baseball Nerd
14. *touch* ’em all
15. Ben’s Biz Blog
16. Phillies Insider
17. Inside the White Sox
18. New Era Presents the Call-Up
19. Remembering Harry Kalas
20. Newberg Report
21. Red Sox Insider Blog
22. MLBlogosphere lol
23. The Blob
24. Beat the Streak Report
25. Inside the Giants Clubhouse
26. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
27. Welcome to Third and King
28. Kaat’s Korner
29. The Max
30. Reds Internal Affairs
31. Tommy Lasorda’s World
32. View From the Booth
33. Twins Ballpark Update
34. Gameday
35. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
36. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
37. Friar John’s Blog
38. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
39. Is this thing on?
40. Colorado Springs Sky Sox Official Team Blog
41. Comerica Park, 48201
42. MLB.com Organizational Report
43. Inside the Chiefs
45. MLB Urban Youth Academy
46. Off The Wall with Chris Shearn
47. MLB.TV Mosaic Blog
48. got milb?
49. Struck Out Looking
50. Welcome To The Show

1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
3. Red State Blue State
4. Julia’s Rants
5. The 1 Constant…Baseball
6. FutureAngels.com
7. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
8. Rockpile Rant
9. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
10. A Diatribe from a Law Student: Baseball Edition
11. Phillies Phollowers
12. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
13. Rays Renegade
14. The ‘Burgh Blues
15. Unfinished Business
16. Plunking Gomez
17. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk
19. The Closer
20. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
21. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
22. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
23. Chirp Chatter
24. King of Cali
25. Mets Go
26. Flair For The Dramatic
27. Yankees Chick
28. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
29. The Blogger in the Gloamin’
30. The Season Experience
31. Short Porch in Right
32. King Yankees
33. Baseball Canadiana
34. Peace, Love, and Baseball
35. Phillies Red Pinstripes
36. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
37. Statistician Magician
39. Baseball Bats
40. The Watercooler
41. Cambios y Curvas
42. A Misplaced Astros Fan
43. Cubs Gal Who Loves Baseball
44. Fantasy Hardball: a bloop and a blast
45. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
46. Counting Baseballs
47. All Baseball All The Time
48. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
49. Yogi Brewer
50. I Live for This


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

Latest MLBlog Rankings

Congrats to our friend Zoë Rice, the most-visited fan MLBlogger so far this season.

Here’s the tough news to swallow: Almost all of you have been outblogged by a dog.

Since we relaunched this community on Opening Day, here is the ranking:


  1. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
  2. FutureAngels.com
  3. Big Pupi – Baseball Dog Blogger
  4. The Brewer Nation
  5. Red State Blue State
  6. Prince of New York
  7. Bleeding Pinstripes
  8. Yankees Chick
  9. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
  10. It’s a Kind of a Family. It’s a Kind of Insanity.


  1. Inside the Dodgers
  2. Trade Talk
  3. Bombers Beat
  4. Beck’s Blog
  5. The Pulse (Mark Derosa)
  6. The Baseball Collector
  7. CastroTurf
  8. Frenchy’s Forum (Jeff Francoeur)
  9. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
  10. Inside the White Sox

The phenom on the list is Trade Talk. We launched it a little over a week ago and it is about to overtake Josh’s popular “Inside the Dodgers” for most traffic in the entire season. Maintained on a constant basis by our 30 MLB.com beat writers, it is showing up on blogrolls all over as the most legit source for trade discussion leading up to the July 31 deadline.

Why is The Baseball Collector included in the latter group? Zack was working for us at MLBAM when he started blogging. Because his was one of the “founding blogs” whose pages were launched in that 24-hour span that MLBlogs was born in April 2005 — in order, Tommy, Mayo, Murray, Sterno, Sutton and Zack — he is keeping the ceremonial MLB PRO BLOGS template reserved for MLBlogs belonging to members of the Major League Baseball family. Through his baseball collecting and widespread publicity, he also has brought to the MLBlogs community a lot of visitors who have found other MLBloggers.

Here’s another really good blog with a passion for collecting baseballs:

Rock Pile Rant…Colorado Rockies

If you want some easy traffic to your blog, leave comments here regularly and always include your full URL as a breadcrumb. We are scheduling our next MLBlogs Network upgrade soon and BY FAR at the top of the list of priorities is helping bloggers find each other. Stay tuned.

Network Updates

Hey, everyone. Thank you again for your patience during the transition. Everyone is getting used to this, myself included, and there are some rough edges. I keep finding my own things of various magnitude that I’m adding to an internal Google Doc we have going with items that either are receiving immediate attention or are being included in scheduled upgrading over the next month. It’s already a huge improvement over what we were using for MLBlogs the first three years, it’s free, and please know that anything we want to work better is being documented and pushed.

Small would be: “Hey, what happened to that cool text-color icon in the toolbar to make Spheroid subheads?” Large would be: “We need Asset Galleries very soon!” Actually, there are some things planned for the entire community at MLB.com that hopefully will happen quite soon this season, and handling of user generated content such as photos/videos are considered within that. I know a lot of people are freaking out about not having an old Photo Album right now, but there will be a solution. That was a really clunky way of managing the Photo Album in Typepad 1.0, by the way. “Assets”, as they are called in Movable Type, are basically a blog entry. We’ll have a better solution soon, bear with us. You can always create a Photobucket or Slide or Webshots photo gallery and link it from your blog in some way in the meantime as a stop-gap. We’ll keep continuing the dialogue and your input as always is very, very appreciated. You all are the proprietors here along with us.

On to your comments over the past 24 hours…

Amanda: Comments seem to be working fine now at letsgotribe.mlblogs.com. Good luck to your Tribe this year. Sixty years is about long enough (don’t tell Cub fans).

Jenn at Phillies Phollowers and Zach the snagmeister: Thanks for the profanity filter heads-up. OK, here’s the deal on that. Three years ago, Six Apart installed a profanity filter for the first MLBlogs. Over the course of those three years, I gradually deleted or common-sense-ified at least 100 of the terms. Nothing more fun than sitting there going through a list of everything you don’t want your kids to know. Anyway, your suggested changes have been made, as were many more. This should be like a ballpark.

The proprietor of Hook, Line Drive & Sinker commented: “I would really like to be able to add links to my link lists, but when
I click “add new link,” absolutely nothing happens… It has been going
on for days. The list titles are finally showing up, but I can’t add
actual links to them. I’ve read a few other complaints about this, but
still haven’t seen an answer.” I just went through another MLBlogger’s link list process. I was able to click “Create link”, and then I am given a field for the URL and also one for the link name. What I really like — a definite improvement over our past MLBlogs — is being able to add a description right there. After you create it, you just click Edit next to the link name and write descriptive text. For example, Alyssa Milano’s relaunched MLBlog now has pricing underneath the clothing line name in her TOUCH Links list. That’s pretty cool to be able to show that right there.

Also on the subject of links. Not that he has a lot more free time than me, but my colleague Mr. Matthew Leach, who covers the Cardinals for us at MLB.com, was our first beat writer to blog a few years ago and is very tech-savvy. He just put his new book in his side panel (memo to Paul at The Prince of New York or Zoe at Pick Me Up Some Mets!, check that out), so I know people are seeing images showing up in side panels now. Feel free to stop by and say hello to Matthew and ask him if he has any advice for you on that front. Our partners have been looking into link lists overall and this is a work in progress.

That same Marlins fan (and Zach) asked if we would be able to re-order side panel categories soon. You cannot do this currently. That is one thing we had in the past Typepad app that was taken away, and I’m not really happy about that and it is on the agenda for subsequent upgrade. For example, when players start blogs, I want you to be able to see links at the top of their side panel to their particular team. So it’s the same for all of us, and I’ll push on your behalf to that to happen soon in the MT world. As I said, some things are just different, and overall things are incredibly better. Also, I noticed that link lists are upside down in the migration, not good, I just had to delete and re-enter a bunch for another MLBlogger.

Many have asked about the Browse by Team index disappearing in the relaunch. I have reiterated that we went from a pay site to a free site, which people love, and that means we are getting a lot more blogs created around the clock. It has been far more than I even expected. This even further reinforces my desire to have nothing to do with trying to keep up with manually indexing them as I and an assistant did before. We will automate it so that your template choice is recognized and that groups you into a team category on a browse page of some kind. That is scheduled in the next upgrade, hopefully in the next month.

In the meantime, here is a link to the old MLBlogs Active Roster index page on MLB.com. It still has all (or most) of the MLBlogs at the end of our first iteration last week. I do not intend to update this, so do not ask me to add you to this page. You should be tagging like crazy, because tags will be an important way for users to find each other going forward. Look for continued prominence with use of tag search features. We have requested a timer be placed on the tag cloud code on the mlblogs.com homepage, because Categories migrated as tags and thus all of those old Categories (ballgames, equipment, road trip, whatever) dominated the tag cloud. That’s because there are three years worth of them, and your new tags would have no chance of outranking those in search results anytime soon. So if we can have the timer specify to start the tag cloud search last week, then it will make sense to you and you will see words like “yankees”, “santana”, “opening day”, “fukudome”, etc.

Zack, I see that I can change time zone preference in my sys admin role, and if you aren’t seeing a capability, then we’ll have to get that fixed, obviously. We don’t want everyone to have Central time zone set, and we sure don’t want me being the one to change everyone’s time zone setting. I’m not sure that’s missing, someone else let me know. I will also check this status with our relaunch partners.

One of our club publicists who blogs asked me where the spellchecker went in the toolbar. I didn’t remember it in the last one, since I don’t use one, but she did, so I if it’s important to people I am asking that we return it. It’s that little a-b-c icon, not there now.

Soxangst: First of all, please always remember to include your URL when you comment here! That’s a cardinal rule for self-promotion as a blogger. If you don’t leave that breadcrumb for people to find you, then you’ve just lost a chance at audience. That should be at the top of everyone’s strategy checklist here for self-promotion and building a following. Comment everywhere on other MLBlogs, be a great neighbor, and always leave your full URL under your name. Now to your point, which was a great one: “Can we have a link to sign in on the top banner of our blog instead of having to tune into mlblogs main page every single time?” We give you a Register/Login link at the top of every MLB.com article page, so I’m not sure why we would not replicate that approach with the new MLBlogs Network. I will push for that unless, as Zack suggested, someone here internally shows me a good reason why not.

We also are planning to add a Next/Previous link at the top of all blogs so that you can explore the community randomly a la Blogger.

Adam at Sox Pride: Great to have you back! (He’s a Spheroid if you want to scroll through that list of featured MLBloggers from the past few years.) By the way, Spheroid is actually a great example of how tagging worked through the migration. I had created a customized Category in the old Typepad app starting in late 2005, so each time I did that 9 Questions for “Spheroids”, I would choose that Category. Now it has migrated over and is humongous in my tag cloud here, so you can just click it and see how tagging can work great for you.

Matt at Diamondhacks: Yes, nextpub just means the next time you publish, it should push an item like that to production. I see this happening sometimes and sometimes not. Sometimes for the better. I was doctoring someone’s link list for them and I clicked Edit next to one item, filled in a description, clicked Done, then I hit the Save Changes blue button on that page. I thought I would have to go re-save a most recent entry to make it “nextpub”, but I saw that it showed up fine when I reloaded the site.

Dave at Rockapril: Not sure what errors on blog pages you were referring to. If you still are seeing any glitches, please let me know. Your page looks fine, anyway. And welcome to MLBlogs! Enjoyed myself at Coors Field there late last October, my first trip to that yard, although I wasn’t happy to spend six innings of Game 3 on a stretcher in the first aid office due to altitude sickness. I wound up on the DL for the Sox clincher, not a good memory.

Oh, and we really need a darker color for the previously-clicked links. That light gray is almost impossible to notice.

To be continued. Thank you again for your feedback, keep the constructive comments coming.