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Latest Leaders – October 2012

Latest Leaders logoIt was an eventful October, with the Giants claiming their second World Series title in three years to cap off another memorable Postseason. Your October 2012 Latest Leaders came up big in the clutch as well. It was fitting that SF Giants Photos topped the Pro Blogs, while Tigers beat writer Jason Beck claimed bragging rights in the MLB.com Beat Writer Division. MLB.com Blogs mainstay Red State Blue State bowed out in style with yet another strong showing, while the next generation of blogs like Giants Fan Carm and Punky G. made their debuts.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from Oct. 1-31:

1. SF Giants Photos
2. Baseball Nerd
3. Better Off Red
4. Curly W Live
5. Brandon and Brandon
6. MLB.com Fantasy 411
7. John & Cait…Plus Nine
8. Ben’s Biz Blog
9. Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162
10. So I Married A Baseball Player…
11. 45 Miles From Fenway
12. Dodgers Photog Blog
13. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
14. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
15. White Shark
16. Cubs Vine Line Blog
18. TribeVibe
19. Phillies Insider
20. Cooperstown Chatter
21. Our Game
22. Around the Horn in KC
23. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
24. Newberg Report
25. Justice4U
26. MLB Urban Youth Academy
27. The Dash Board
28. CastroTurf
29. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
30. Comerica Park, 48201
31. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife
32. Desde el Desierto
33. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
34. Rattler Radio
35. The Sprouting News
36. Clubhouse Confidential
37. Wild Things
38. Diamond Dollar$
39. BTF Today
40. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
41. ‘Riders Insider Blog
42. ‘Cats Corner
43. It’s All Relative
44. Bloomberg Sports
45. Padres hispanos
46. Baseball Books
47. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
48. From the Nest
49. Yard Work
50. Ozzie Speaks

1. The Baseball Collector
2. Red State Blue State
3. The AustralianBaseballDigest
4. Beisbol 007
5. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
6. The Baseball Haven
7. Rockpile Rant
8. mlbblogger
9. Pinstripe Birthdays
10. The Brewer Nation
11. A’s Farm
12. Three Up, Three Down
13. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
14. Phillies Phollowers
15. 9 Inning Know It All
16. Observing Baseball
17. The Ballpark Guide
18. The Unbiased MLB Fan
19. Rockin’ Redlegs
20. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
21. More Splash Hits
22. Born on Third
23. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
24. TheCutoffMan
25. Bleacher Boy
26. Ballparks on a Budget
27. Where Everyone’s a Giant
28. The Yankee Dinosaur
29. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
30. 7000 Coliseum Way
31. Minoring In Baseball
32. This is a very simple game…
33. Collection of Baseball
34. The Rays Rant
35. Reds Country
36. Cream City Cables
37. For Love of the Braves
38. The ‘Stros Bros
39. Los bigleaguers
40. gojays
41. eltubeyero22
42. Battling Bucs
43. Fish Fry
44. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
45. Rox Addict
46. One Strike Away…Twice!
47. All Things Pirates: Breaking down the Buccos
48. BrokeMets
49. Giants Fan Carm
50. Punky G. (G stands for Giants!)

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

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 – August 2009

Latest Leaders in the MLBlogs Network by pageview, for the month of August 2009.

Baseball season is in its stretch run, and like the teams, MLBloggers are looking to raise their games. The four MLBlogs “division leaders” from last month were able to hold on to their leads, though there are challengers looking to unseat them.

Matt Holliday is now hot on the heels of Reed Johnson and Rick Ankiel for top honors among Major Leaguers, while PRO BLOGS Inside the Dodgers and The Baseball Collector blog are right there in the mix with the ever-popular SNY and YES blogs. T.R. Sullivan’s Postcards from Elysian Fields jumped up two spots to second among the beat writer blogs, just behind Bowman’s Blog.

For the fans, Jane Heller’s Confessions of a She-Fan remained in the top spot, with Red State Blue State right there. The big movers were Rockpile Rant and Latest Leaders newcomer Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees.

Congratulations to everyone on the list!

1. Reed Between the Lines
2. Ank’s Blog
3. Matt’s Blog
4. Behind the Mask
5. Torii’s Storiis
6. Disco Hayes
7. Big Papi’s Blog
8. Prince’s Blog
9. Rick’s Blog
10. Derek’s Blog
11. Dining with ‘Dre
12. Beau knows diddly
13. Future in Pinstripes
14. Moskie Madness
15. Hanley’s Blog
16. Wagner’s Compositions
17. Carlos Zambrano
18. Laying Down the Lawrie
19. Plouffe!
20. Deep Thoughts By Gordon Beckham
21. Perk’s Place
22. Life in Grey Pants
23. The Young and the Braves
24. Rantin’ and Raben
25. Q-Tip

1. MetsBlog.com
2. Bronx Banter
3. Mets Minor League Blog
4. Pinstriped Bible
5. The Kimberly Jones Blog
6. Was Watching
7. Inside the Dodgers
8. YES Blog
9. The Baseball Collector
10. Alyson’s Footnotes
11. Baseball Nerd
12. Reds Internal Affairs
13. MLB.com Fantasy 411
14. Inside the White Sox
15. *touch* ’em all
16. The USA Baseball 16U Blog
17. Phillies Insider
18. Beat the Streak Report
19. Newberg Report
20. Trade Talk
21. Inside the Giants Clubhouse
22. MLBlogosphere (lol) 
23. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
24. The Blob
25. Around the Horn in KC
26. Red Sox Insider Blog
27. The Pulse
28. Deep in the Red
29. Mrs. Singy
30. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
31. Tommy Lasorda’s World
32. Heard It From Hoard
33. Ben’s Biz Blog
34. Notes from NatsTown
35. Off The Wall with Chris Shearn
36. Kaat’s Korner
37. Twins Ballpark Update
38. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
39. Is this thing on?
40. The LumberBlog
41. A Voice From Twins Territory
42. Friar John’s Blog
43. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
44. Inside the Chiefs
45. MLB Urban Youth Academy
48. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
49. The Max
50. Comerica Park, 48201

1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Red State Blue State
3. Julia’s Rants
4. I Live for This
5. Rockpile Rant
6. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
7. Yankees Chick
8. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk
9. Phillies Phollowers
10. Rays Renegade
11. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
12. Counting Baseballs
13. FutureAngels.com
14. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
15. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
17. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
18. More Cowbell
19. Hook, Line Drive, & Sinker
21. The 1 Constant
22. Unfinished Business
23. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
24. Passion & Pride Collide
25. Perennial Pinstriper
26. Crzblue’s World
27. Cambios y Curvas
28. A Diatribe from a Journalism Student: Baseball Edition
29. The Watercooler
30. Everything Baseball
31. cat loves the dodgers
32. The Pittsburgh Peas
33. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
34. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
35. Tribe Talk With Ted
36. My thoughts on the Cubs
37. RyanDePaul Blog
38. A Misplaced Astros Fan
39. sittingstill
40. The Squad
41. Living the Baseball Life
42. Outside the Phillies Looking In
43. Statistician Magician
44. Baseballs 4 MADD! – MLBallhawk
45. It Was The Best Of Ballgames And It Was The Worst Of Ballgames
46. El Casillero de los Medias Rojas
47. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
48. The Few, The Proud, The Braves
49. Rays Baby Rays
50. King of Cali

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

Latest Leaders – July 2009

Latest Leaders in the MLBlogs Network by pageview, for the month of July 2009.

How did MLBloggers stack up in readership last month? Reed Johnson beat out Rick Ankiel amongst the players, while Trade Talk drew plenty of sets of eyes thanks to the Trade Deadline.

Confessions of a She-Fan continues to lead the Fan blogs, with Red State Blue State right behind, and The 1 Constant making a strong showing as well.

In the Beat Writer category, Bowman’s Blog has developed a very lively community of Braves fans commenting on it.

Here’s the full list of your July 2009 Latest Leaders:

1. Reed Between the Lines
2. Ank’s Blog
3. Torii’s Storiis
4. Big Papi’s Blog
5. Disco Hayes
6. Behind the Mask
7. Derek’s Blog
8. Matt’s Blog
9. Hanley’s Blog
10. Carlos Zambrano
11. Rick’s Blog
12. Beau knows diddly
13. Dining with ‘Dre
14. Moskie Madness
15. Future in Pinstripes
16. Laying Down the Lawrie
17. 30 is the new 20
18. Plouffe!
19. Deep Thoughts By Gordon Beckham
20. Wagner’s Compositions

1. MetsBlog.com
2. Trade Talk
3. Mets Minor League Blog
4. Bronx Banter
5. The Kimberly Jones Blog
6. Pinstriped Bible
7. Inside the Dodgers
8. Was Watching
9. YES Blog
10. Baseball Nerd
11. The Baseball Collector
12. Alyson’s Footnotes
13. MLB.com Fantasy 411
14. *touch* ’em all
15. Inside the White Sox
16. Phillies Insider
17. Reds Internal Affairs
18. Newberg Report
19. Around the Horn in KC
20. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
21. MLBlogosphere
22. The Pulse
23. Beat the Streak Report
24. Inside the Giants Clubhouse
25. Deep in the Red
26. The Blob
27. Red Sox Insider Blog
28. Tommy Lasorda’s World
29. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
30. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
31. Ben’s Biz Blog
32. Is this thing on?
33. The USA Baseball 16U Blog
34. Heard It From Hoard
35. Kaat’s Korner
36. MLB Urban Youth Academy
37. Twins Ballpark Update
38. Notes from NatsTown
39. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
40. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs

1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Red State Blue State
3. The 1 Constant
4. Julia’s Rants
5. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk
6. I Live for This
7. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
8. Phillies Phollowers
9. Rockpile Rant
10. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
11. Counting Baseballs
12. FutureAngels.com
13. Rays Renegade
14. The Diamond Diva
15. More Cowbell
17. The Watercooler
18. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
19. Unfinished Business
20. This is what the girl thinks….
21. Passion & Pride Collide
22. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
23. The ‘Burgh Blues
24. A Diatribe from a Journalism Student: Baseball Edition
25. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
26. Pittsburgh Pirates – Bucco Blog
27. Living the Baseball Life
28. Crzblue’s World
29. Hook, Line Drive, & Sinker
30. Outside the Phillies Looking In
32. The Pittsburgh Peas
33. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
34. Yankees Chick
35. The NYC Autograph Collector
36. Statistician Magician
37. Linea de Primera
38. Moneyball
39. Flair For The Dramatic
40. Everything Baseball
41. M.T.’s Blogger
42. sittingstill
43. A Misplaced Astros Fan
44. Braves By the Bay
45. Art of the Pale Hose
46. King of Cali
47. Cambios y Curvas
48. How ‘Bout Those Phils?
49. Yankees Reality Check
50. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog

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

Latest Leaders update

For those of you eagerly awaiting the next installment of the MLBlogs Latest Leaders, it’s coming very soon. We’re switching things up so the rankings will be based on calendar months, so The Happy Youngster and Red State Blue State have a week to try to catch Confessions of a She-Fan

On the subject of blog traffic, we’re noticing that the new ratings and related entries feature has helped introduce readers to new blogs around our online community.

Also, we’re always looking for new blogs to spotlight as the Featured MLBlogger on our front page. If you want to be featured in that space, you’ll want to make sure you have a profile picture up in your blog. That (along with quality blogging, of course) is a prerequisite for consideration for that spot.

And speaking of new blogs, we’ve got some new additions to MLBlogosphere who wear spikes, with new player blogs by Rick Ankiel, Matt Holliday and Derek Lowe joining Torii Hunter, all sponsored by Sharp.

And last but not least, make sure you’re voting for your All-Star Game picks!

Latest Leaders 2009


Here are the Latest Leaders by page views across the MLBlogs Network, for 2009 to date. Will add more links shortly. Please be sure to comment on as many of these as you can, leaving your own blog’s full URL, as a great way to drive traffic to your own page.


1. Red State Blue State
2. Confessions of a She-Fan
3. The ‘Burgh Blues
4. Julia’s Rants
5. All Baseball All The Time
6. FutureAngels.com
7. Prince of New York
8. Rockpile Rant
9. Rays Renegade
10. Cambios y Curvas
11. King of Cali
12. Yogi Brewer
13. Yawkey Way Yaker
14. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB
16. King Yankees
17. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
18. Baseball’s Hottest Wives
19. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
20. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
21. The Rumor Mill – MLB Rumors
22. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
23. Unfinished Business
24. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
25. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
27. Phillies Phollowers
28. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
29. Yankees Chick
30. Hardball
31. Love of The Game: Through 2 Different Pairs of Eyes
32. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
33. Diamondhacks
34. Cardinal Girl
35. The Brewer Nation
36. The 1 Constant…Baseball
37. Phillies Red Pinstripes
38. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
39. Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog
40. Statistician Magician


1. Hot Stove Blog
2. Bombers Beat
3. Inside the Dodgers
4. CastroTurf
5. *touch* ’em all
6. Brownie Points
7. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
8. Postcards from Elysian Fields
9. MLB.com’s Fantasy 411
10. Around the Horn in KC
11. The Baseball Collector
12. The Pulse
13. kevin slowey’s (offseason) blog
14. Beck’s Blog
15. Newberg Report
16. MLBlogosphere lol
17. Inside the Giants Clubhouse
18. Phillies Insider
19. Tommy Lasorda’s World
20. MLB Urban Youth Academy
21. Red Sox Insider Blog
22. Major League Bastian
23. Ben’s Biz Blog
24. Inside the White Sox
25. MLB.com Organizational Report
26. got milb?
27. Dining with ‘Dre
28. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
29. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
30. Bally’s Blog
31. Twins Ballpark Update
32. Behind the Mask
33. Trade Talk
34. Yankee Stadium Memories
35. Siguiendo a los Mets
36. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
37. A ‘Braves’ New World
39. A’s Thru Z
40. Shane Victorino’s Postseason Blog


Screech just took off again after posting. Thanks, Screech!

Thanks to everyone who has joined our Official MLBlogs Twitter so far!
We’re up to around 40 followers, and it’s a great new place to promote
your MLBlog and meet other MLBloggers. Go to
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are on Twitter. Leave your tweets and I encourage you to use
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Twitter. Tell your friends: It is Major League Baseball’s first Twitter

Congrats to my friend and our baseball blogging colleague Alyssa Milano. I wanted to get it straight from the horse’s mouth after reading about it in Perez Hilton’s blog, and yes, she is engaged and “the happiest girl on the planet.” We are happy for her here.

Offseason welcome to MLB Throwdown, Nasty Nats Live Here, Girly Baseball Chick, I’m Not A Headline Guy, LC Braves Blog, The Best Sox Blog, A Diatribe from a Law Student, Dodger Talk, Confessions Of A Baseball Fan
and all of you who have joined the largest baseball blogging network.
Feel free to leave a comment here anytime briefly summarizing your
latest post with a full URL to bring more folks to your blog. If you
just started, introduce yourself here!

Mark DeRosa actually finished No. 12 overall in the above Latest Leaders, but since we’ve had to help pretty much disconnect that wildly popular MLBlog due to the small matter of him no longer being a Cub/blogger, we’ll just mention it here instead. Hopefully he will want to blog as an Indian.

Speaking of the Indians, pretty impressive showing by our MLB.com colleague Anthony Castrovince — fourth overall, and the team he covers for us is the Indians. Something tells me the DeRosa deal had something to do with the spike…but keep it up, AC.

Hope you have had a chance to check out Inside the Giants Clubhouse. It is written by Joan Ryan, generally regarded as one of the best writers in the Bay Area. I had the pleasure of working with her when I covered the Giants for the San Jose Mercury News and it’s cool to see her blogging regularly right here. That’s destined to be a high-traffic blog this season.

Also let me know if there is any further difficulty with getting into dashboards, leaving comments, etc. Have had a hiccup or two along the way over the holidays, it looks like. Special thanks to Hardball for showing patience while yours truly was on vacation.

Just added “p*s*ed off” to our profanity filter. We rarely ever deal with that filter given to us by our Six Apart partners, but will make changes as needed, and feel free to email if you see anything that seems obviously in need of attention there. All you need to know is that an 11-year-old made the Latest Leaders. We’ll keep it family-suited here without being overbearing about that. Apologies to the Cub fan who now has a title full of asterisks as a result, but we understand (I covered each of the last two NLDS sweeps, trust me) and we get the message without it being in the title.

So maybe you noticed that today we posted our annual report on how MLB.com’s resident Hall of Fame voters cast their ballots. I voted for three: Rickey, Big Mac and Lee Smith. I see that I have less and less company on the second of those votes, which surprised me quite a bit. I have to be honest with you. I read that article and each BBWAA voter’s reasoning, and I give big ups to my colleague and friend Marty Noble, who voted for just one guy. That is usually my modus operandi — it’s the elite of the elite — and I feel like he nailed it. Just Rickey. I still don’t believe Jim Rice’s plaque belongs on a wall near that of Ted Williams, and I think it’s disgusting if the Year 15 Sympathy Vote was the reason (it was).

Special request: If you know of any baseball hits that are mentioned in music lyrics or poetry verse or in non-baseball-book literature, can you please email the info to me at mlblogosphere@yahoo.com? Thanks. Also, always feel free to use that email account with questions/comments you would rather pose without public view.

I think the Reds are going to be a running machine and that Dusty’s guys will surprise some people in 2009. No, they have not replaced Adam Dunn’s offensive numbers. But at least five guys in the lineup are base-stealers. I look for the Runnin’ Reds to make noise this summer.

Glad to be back from vacation and looking forward to a huge 2009 for MLBlogs and Major League Baseball in general. Gearing up for the World Baseball Classic.

Latest Leaders Identity Contest

OK, here we go again. Your latest opportunity to try to out-hunt Rays Renegade to reveal the identity of all 12 MLBlogs featured in our latest 480 panel now promoted on MLBlogs.com and presented right here again:

In comments below, be the first to correctly list all 12 URLs, and be sure to state which direction the rows and columns are listed so we can follow you. The winner gets some extra publicity here at MLBlogs.


The MLBlogs Top 100

mlblogs_100_icon (2).gifANNOUNCEMENT (12/14/08): If you made the MLBlogs Top 100 and want the 116×38 badge here for your page, please email us here and we will reply with the embed code that you can place in your header Description text or wherever works. Be sure to include MLBlog title and URL in email.

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By popular request, we have compiled the first-ever MLBlogs Top 100
to show our 2008 traffic leaders in this community by page view. The
range is from our relaunch on Opening Day to date.
These are
separated as usual by templates, one for MLB PRO BLOGS (members of the
Major League Baseball family) and FAN MLBlogs. Congratulations to the
Top 100!


It’s no surprise
the top two MLBlogs are collaborative efforts, pooling the talents of
30 MLB.com writers for up-to-the-minute breaking news and rumors during
the two biggest periods of roster moves: the mid-season Trade Deadline and the offseason Hot Stove. Josh Rawitch’s Inside the Dodgers and Bryan Hoch’s Bombers Beat
were near the top on the strength of extremely active communities of
commenters, while Mark DeRosa takes the prize as the top-ranked player
blogger with his blog, The Pulse. As for October Gonzo, he finished 17th — respectably high for a newcomer who didn’t get much publicity. 🙂

1. Hot Stove Blog
2. Trade Talk
3. Inside the Dodgers
4. The Pulse
5. Bombers Beat
6. The Baseball Collector
7. Beck’s Blog
8. CastroTurf
9. MLB.com Organizational Report
10. Inside the White Sox
11. Shane Victorino’s Postseason Blog
12. *touch* ’em all
13. Brownie Points
14. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
15. Postcards from Elysian Fields
16. Major League Bastian
17. October Gonzo
18. Dining with ‘Dre
19. Frenchy’s Forum
20. MLB.com’s Fantasy 411
21. Jacoby Ellsbury’s Postseason Blog
22. Newberg Report
23. Beat the Streak Report
24. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
25. The USA Baseball 16U Blog
26. MLB.com Geeking on the Draft
27. Tommy Lasorda’s World
28. MLBlogosphere
29. Phillies Insider
30. Rangers Farm Report: The Future is Here
31. Red Sox Insider Blog
32. Behind the Mask
33. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
34. Gameday
35. Around the Horn in KC
36. Carlos Pena’s Postseason Blog
37. Scorpion Tales: C.J. Wilson’s trek across the blogosphere
38. Official Home Run Derby Blog
39. Yankees in the AFL
40. Twins Ballpark Update
41. Yooooouuuuukkkkk
42. Ryan Braun’s Postseason Blog
43. Friar John’s Blog
44. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
45. Siguiendo a los Mets
46. MLB Urban Youth Academy
47. Yankee Stadium Memories
48. Mets in the AFL
49. Ben’s Biz Blog
50. Torii Hunter’s Postseason Blog
52. Official All-Star Game Blog
53. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
54. Brian’s Baseball Blog from Beijing
55. Comerica Park, 48201
56. National Youth Baseball Championships
57. New York Minute
58. Brian Anderson’s Postseason Blog
59. Torre Stories
60. MLB.TV Mosaic Blog
61. A’s Thru Z
62. It’s a Kind of a Family. It’s a Kind of Insanity.
63. Liga Mexicana
64. The Kevin Slowey Blog
65. Official Final Vote Blog
66. Inside the Chiefs
67. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
68. Twins Confidential
69. 2008 Draft Prospect Blog
70. Wright Now
71. The Dog Ate Daron’s Homework
72. An Astros Minute
73. Red Sox in the AFL
74. The Dish
75. Mountain Dew Reds Crew Official Blog
76. Welcome to Third and King
77. Braves in the AFL
78. Ask Dave
79. Leading Off – Remembering John Marzano (1963-2008)
80. White Sox in the AFL
81. Rich Folkers is throwing up in the bullpen: Life on the beat
82. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
83. Take Me Out To The Blog Game
84. The Big Blue Blog
85. MLB.com/Entertainment
86. Dodgers in the AFL
87. A ‘Braves’ New World
88. Orioles in the AFL
89. Statues on Parade Marathon
90. got milb?
91. Royals in the AFL
92. Cardinals in the AFL
93. Giants in the AFL
94. Cubs in the AFL
95. Reds in the AFL
96. MLB Musings with Michael – Look Who I Just Interviewed!
97. YouthMajors.com
98. Academy Barons
99. Voices of The Game
100. Twins in the AFL


In an election year, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see a politically tinged blog like Red State Blue State draw major traffic. Prince of New York
Paul Lebowitz continued to enjoy a big following with his in-depth
analysis, while another New Yorker, novelist Zoë Rice, is getting
plenty of attention for her baseball writing in Pick Me Up Some Mets. Despite coming on the scene in August, All Baseball All the Time closed very strong to finish fifth, while Big Pupi gets special mention as the only canine on the list of active Fan MLBlogs. Props to author Jane Heller for cracking the Top 10 despite joining the season late. Comment on any and all of these below, and you will automatically grow your own following.

1. Red State Blue State
2. Prince of New York
3. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
4. FutureAngels.com
5. All Baseball All The Time
6. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
7. Big Pupi- Baseball Dog Blogger
8. The Rumor Mill – MLB Rumors
10. Confessions of a She-Fan
11. The Brewer Nation
12. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
13. The ‘Burgh Blues
14. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
15. Yogi Brewer
16. Phillies Phollowers
17. Yankees Chick
18. Bleeding Pinstripes
20. Cambios y Curvas
21. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
22. Statistician Magician
23. Rays Renegade
24. Phillies Red Pinstripes
25. Angry Fan’s Baseball Fix
26. sittingstill
27. My Brewers
28. Red Sox Nation Daily
29. Red Sox Hen
30. Baseball Bats
31. Cardinal Girl
32. Hook, Line Drive, & Sinker
33. The Bullpen Baker
34. The Green and Gold Gal
35. Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
36. Who’s in Right Field? — My Brewers Blog
37. Crawly’s Cub Kingdom
38. Rachel’s Redbird Ramblings
39. 1060 West Addison: A Chicago Cubs Blog
40. District Boy
41. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
42. The 1 Constant…Baseball
43. Sports Propaganda
44. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
46. Wrightoholics
47. Flair For The Dramatic
48. Rockpile Rant
49. Hardball
50. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB
51. The Closer
52. 4thebirds
53. Let’s Go Tribe: Looking to end the 60 year curse
54. For everything else, there’s Yankees Baseball.
56. The Hot Corner
57. The Heirloom
58. Prose and Ivy
59. Chicago White Sox Fan Message Board… The White Sox Guy
60. (Transplanted) Nation – A Boston Red Sox Blog
61. 161 and River: Yankee News and Analysis From a Fan’s Perspective
62. Thurman Munson Should Be In The Hall Of Fame
63. Perfect Pitch
64. Ranger Trade Talk
65. Rising From the Ashes
66. The Good of the Game
67. Love of The Game: Through 2 Different Pairs of Eyes
68. The BILF Report
69. Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog
70. Down the Left Field Line: Life, Baseball & Eric Byrnes
71. Dodgers Blog
72. Barrel Man’s Brewings
73. Girls Don’t Know Anything About Baseball
74. Unfinished Business
75. Phightin’ Phils Phorum
76. Big League Hair
77. The Baseball Nut
78. Joe Fuller Red Sox Fantasy 08
79. Fantasy Lineups
80. Atlanta Bred
81. The 6-4-3
82. Johnny Archive in J.A.I.L.
83. Mo In The 9th
84. Cubs Nation- wasn’t our time.
85. Out of the (Field) Box
86. Ballpark Frank
87. 1961 Yankee Stadium Replica
88. Rays from across the Pond
89. Rays Archive
90. Dodger lyrics
91. Mets’ Main Man
92. Cubs Chatter
93. The Squad
94. The Season Experience
95. Julia’s Rants
96. Heading Around First
97. New Mexican Yankee Fan
98. Dispatches from Red Sox Teen Nation
99. San Diego Wannabes
100. Hitless Wanderings in Texas

Note: Among Fan MLBlogs, “active” accounts were considered.

As we’ve done often with the weekly Latest Leaders, here is a little trivia contest. The first person (other than Rays Renegade lol) to post a comment here listing all 12 EXACT URLs in this illustration will get some extra promo love right here at the Msphere. Have at it:


Latest Leaders 9/17-24

UPDATED 3:09 PM ET FRIDAY: Did you guys catch the starring attraction by our own Vanessa of Flair For The Dramatic in my Yanks-eliminated story on MLB.com? There were so many Yankee stories on our site fighting for eyeballs, I don’t know how many people saw it and how many clicked the link in it to her MLBlog. THANK YOU, Vanessa … Check out Baby Paul clapping … If anyone is interested in Photoshopping a nice 480×270-pixel graphic like the one above, representing a cool sampling of the MLBlogs community by using people’s profile pics, then email it to us and you might get some special love for your MLBlog. It could be a panel in coming days on MLBogs.com….Will have maybe 15 minutes of intermittent service interruption starting around 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday for some routine maintenance. Just a quickie heads-up….Greg at Red Sox Ramblings just added a statcounter to his MLBlog’s header. Go there and make it spin, and see if you can get him into next week’s Latest Leaders. Got a statcounter? Tell us.

Want more visitors on your MLBlog? Below are the Page View leaders at MLBlogs for the week of Sept. 17-24. Leave a comment below with your FULL URL whether you are on one of these lists or not. It’s the best way to be on one, unless you’re playing second for the Cubs or have a national TV commercial running constantly. PROVEN STRATEGY!!! MLBloggers are here. Tell them in comments why to come and say hi on your blog, then build your community! Be a regular here, and be a regular commenter on other MLBlogs!


Just like his team, Mark DeRosa continues to be the top dog, as his blog has developed a very impressive following. The Dodger front office is once again keeping fans Thinking Blue and talking about the team’s run at the NL West title. Zack Hample snagged a Giambino HR and then snagged a third-place finish, while fans have stayed up to date on the latest Minor League news with the Org Report. Rounding out the Pro Top 5 is Bryan Hoch’s Yankee blog.

1. The Pulse – Mark DeRosa
2. Inside the Dodgers
3. The Baseball Collector – Zack Hample
4. MLB.com Organizational Report
5. Bombers Beat – Bryan Hoch
6. Beck’s Blog – Jason Beck
7. CastroTurf – Anthony Castrovince
8. Brownie Points – Ian Browne
9. Inside the White Sox
10. October Gonzo
11. The USA Baseball 16U Blog
12. Major League Bastian – Jordan Bastian
13. *touch* ’em all – Alyssa Milano
14. Dining with ‘Dre – Andre Ethier
15. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer – Matthew Leach
16. Postcards from Elysian Fields – T.R. Sullivan
17. Red Sox Insider Blog – mystery front office blogger
18. MLB.com’s Fantasy 411
19. Newberg Report
20. Torre Stories – Joe Torre
21. Yankee Stadium Memories
22. Tommy Lasorda’s World – the original MLBlogger
23. Inside Pitch – Jim Molony
24. Behind the Mask – Bengie Molina
25. MLBlogosphere
26. Ben’s Biz Blog
27. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful – Jonathan Mayo
28. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
29. Twins Ballpark Update
30. Gameday


Allen and Jeffery over at Red State Blue State continue their run atop the fan blogger leaderboard. The Prince of New York checks in with another strong showing, while All Baseball All The Time and Confessions of a She-Fan both jump one spot. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball rounds out the Fan Top 5.

1. Red State Blue State
2. Prince of New York
3. All Baseball All The Time
4. Confessions of a She-Fan
5. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
6. FutureAngels.com
7. Rock Pile Rant
8. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
9. Big Pupi- Baseball Dog Blogger
10. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
11. The Brewer Nation
13. Yogi Brewer
15. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
16. Stefan’s Yankee Blog
18. Cambios y Curvas
19. Rays Renegade
20. Bucco Blog
21. Angry Fan’s Baseball Fix
22. sittingstill
23. Yankees Chick
24. Red Sox Hen
25. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
26. Prose and Ivy
27. Barrel Man’s Brewings
28. Diamondhacks
29. 1060 West Addison: A Chicago Cubs Blog
30. (Transplanted) Nation – A Boston Red Sox Blog
31. Bleeding Pinstripes
32. Rangers Farm Report
33. Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
34. Phillies Red Pinstripes
35. The ‘Burgh Blues
36. The Bullpen Baker
37. Bronx Bombers Blog
38. 161 and River
39. Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog
40. Cardinal Girl
41. Baseball Bats
42. Hook, Line Drive, & Sinker
43. Ballpark Frank
44. Red Sox Nation Daily
45. Redbird Report
46. Joe Fuller Red Sox Fantasy 08
47. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
48. nickyformets
49. Statistician Magician
50. Who’s in Right Field? — My Brewers Blog

Just randomly click a bunch of these. Get some ideas for your own MLBlog. Cardinal Girl does haiku. Baseball Bats is from the same blogger who builds in Google Adsense code just in case there’s a buck to be made. The Bullpen Baker makes cookies for the A’s bullpen pitchers and blogs about her delicacies. Big Pupi and Baby Paul show that anyone can blog. Click these links, become a friend on those blogs, and they’ll be a friend on yours. Make sure you have a profile pic of yourself on your MLBlog so there’s an identity, and tell us something things about you in the bio. Add a Link List with your favorite MLBlogs, and tell those bloggers and ask if they will please link back to you. Have fun!