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Latest Leaders – May 2012

Latest Leaders logoWe’re past the Memorial Day checkpoint of the season and the standings are becoming increasingly important to Major League Baseball fans. Fantasy owners are doing everything they can to put their teams in first place, as MLB.com Fantasy 411 was the top-ranked MLB Pro Blog for May. Zack Hample‘s milestone 50th stadium visit helped him claim the honors in the Fan division, while Carrie’s Muskat Ramblings topped the MLB.com Beat Writers en route to overall bragging rights with more traffic than any other MLB.com Blog. Congratulations to everyone who made the list!

There are many thousands of blogs in the MLB.com community, from players to Hall of Famers to groundskeepers to mascots to ballgirls to broadcasters to season-ticket holders and more. Want to see which ones are most popular? Here are your Latest Leaders ranked by page views from May 1-31:

1. MLB.com Fantasy 411
2. Alyson’s Footnotes
3. Better Off Red
4. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
5. Ben’s Biz Blog
6. John & Cait…Plus Nine
7. SF Giants Photos
8. Baseball Nerd
9. Dodgers Photog Blog
10. Curly W Live
11. 45 Miles From Fenway
12. The Dash Board
13. Around the Horn in KC
14. Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162
15. So I Married A Baseball Player…
16. Phillies Insider
18. Rattler Radio
19. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
20. Brandon and Brandon
21. Inside the White Sox
22. Cubs Vine Line Blog
23. Inside the Jackson Generals
24. CastroTurf
25. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
26. Our Game
27. Above the Plate
28. TribeVibe
29. Tommy Lasorda’s World
30. Bloomberg Sports
31. The G-Blog
32. Comerica Park, 48201
33. Cooperstown Chatter
34. Newberg Report
35. ‘Riders Insider Blog
36. MLB Urban Youth Academy
37. A Twinternal Perspective
38. Salem Sox Talk
39. It’s All Relative
40. The Futurists
41. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
42. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
43. Heard It From Hoard
44. Inside the Chiefs
45. Justice4U
47. The Sprouting News
48. Yard Work
49. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
50. Roof Report

1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. Red State Blue State
4. The AustralianBaseballDigest
5. TexasRangers_HQ
6. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
7. Counting Baseballs
8. A’s Farm
9. Rockpile Rant
10. mlbblogger
11. The Ballpark Guide
12. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
13. BlueBattingHelmet
14. Beisbol 007
15. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
16. Born on Third
17. Pinstripe Birthdays
18. Phillies Phollowers
19. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
20. The Unbiased MLB Fan
21. Observing Baseball
22. swingingbuntz
23. The Brewer Nation
24. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
25. Brewers Rumors
26. Rockin’ Redlegs
27. 3 Up, 3 Down
28. Collection of Baseball
29. This is a very simple game…
30. nybisons
31. Minoring In Baseball
32. If You Write It, They Will Come
33. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
34. Throwin’ Heat
35. The Yankee Dinosaur
36. Fish Fry
37. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
38. gojays
39. Cream City Cables
40. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
41. Unfinished Business
42. The Baseball Haven
43. Wrigley Regular
44. baseballqueen
45. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
46. More Splash Hits
47. Royal Blues
48. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
50. Phillies Red Pinstripes

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

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. Get yourself on this list by posting frequently and especially by commenting on a lot of these Latest Leaders blogs, always being sure to leave your full URL as a very clickable calling card. And don’t forget to embed MLB.com videos in your posts and make it more fun! You’re part of MLB.com as a blogger here, after all.

Latest Leaders – April 2012

Latest Leaders logoTigers beat writer Jason Beck’s blog was the overall top-ranked MLB.com Blog for the month of April, while Alyson’s Footnotes (MLB Pro) and Zack Hample’s The Baseball Collector (Fans) finished atop their respective divisions. And readers of The Byrd’s Nest will be thrilled to hear Marlon Byrd is planning on continuing his blog after his recent trade to the Red Sox.

Here are your Latest Leaders ranked by page views from Apr. 1-30:

1. Alyson’s Footnotes
2. MLB.com Fantasy 411
3. Better Off Red
4. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
5. SF Giants Photos
6. John & Cait…Plus Nine
7. Baseball Nerd
8. Dodgers Photog Blog
9. Ben’s Biz Blog
10. The Byrd’s Nest
11. Curly W Live
12. So I Married A Baseball Player…
13. The Dash Board
14. Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162
15. Around the Horn in KC
16. 45 Miles From Fenway
17. Inside the White Sox
18. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
19. Phillies Insider
21. Rattler Radio
22. TribeVibe
23. Brandon and Brandon
24. The Opening Day Blog
25. Our Game
26. Summer of ’41 Forever
27. The Futurists
28. Tommy Lasorda’s World
29. Cubs Vine Line Blog
30. CastroTurf
31. Inside the Jackson Generals
32. Bloomberg Sports
33. Cooperstown Chatter
34. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
35. Above the Plate
36. Newberg Report
37. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
38. Comerica Park, 48201
39. It’s All Relative
40. MLB Urban Youth Academy
42. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
43. Noble Thoughts
44. Salem Sox Talk
45. TVA Jacques
46. The Inside Pitch
47. ‘Cats Corner
48. Justice4U
49. ‘Riders Insider Blog
50. From the Nest

1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. Red State Blue State
4. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
5. Counting Baseballs
6. The AustralianBaseballDigest
7. Beisbol 007
8. nybisons
9. Rockpile Rant
10. A’s Farm
11. mlbblogger
12. BlueBattingHelmet
13. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
14. The Unbiased MLB Fan
15. The Ballpark Guide
16. The Brewer Nation
17. Phillies Phollowers
18. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
19. Observing Baseball
20. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
21. Pinstripe Birthdays
22. The Pittsburgh Peas
23. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
24. Collection of Baseball
25. Fish Fry
26. Rockin’ Redlegs
27. Born on Third
28. Minoring In Baseball
29. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
30. The Rays Rant
31. Brewers Rumors
32. This is a very simple game…
33. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
34. Cream City Cables
35. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
36. swingingbuntz
37. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
38. The Yankee Dinosaur
39. gojays
40. The Baseball Haven
41. 3 Up, 3 Down
42. Unfinished Business
43. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
44. Bleacher Boy
45. Plushdamentals
46. More Splash Hits
47. Phillies Red Pinstripes
48. The Sprouting News
49. The Optimist Tiger
50. Royal Blues

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

Around the MLB.com Blogs

The 2011 Cardinals followed the 2010 Giants as back-to-back NL champs. Can the NL threepeat?

Are you an NL or AL blogger? I just wrote this MLB.com story about the National League’s first World Series winning streak since 1979-82, and the prospects for a threepeat. Let me know in comments if you blog about the subject, and say why you like the NL or the AL, complete with thoughts about DH-or-no-DH.

This one’s for the dogs: Fenway the Dog is a dog’s eye view of the Red Sox. Written from the perspective of Fenway, the team’s official service dog in training, the blog aims to raise awareness of the amazing work done by these invaluable canine companions. And Dallas Latos, wife of Reds pitcher Mat Latos, posted about their dog, Balls. Leaving it at that.

One of my favorite posts of the year is when Spring becomes official and our good friend Murray Cook shares lawn-care tips with the rest of us. Murray, who has been a groundskeeping consultant to the Commissioner’s Office since 1989 and most recently has been ensuring that the Tokyo Dome is ready for MLB’s openers, is one of our original MLBloggers, as his forever-capitalized MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG was created just moments after Tommy Lasorda’s World got us started on April 18, 2005. Feel free to ask Murray questions and you also can follow him on Twitter @cookmurray.

Mitch Williams blogs about Matt Wieters and the Orioles' plan for the future.

Mitch Williams writes on his MLB.com Blog Wild Things that the Orioles should follow the Rays’ model. See what the MLB Network studio analyst and MLB.com columnist has to say about Matt Wieters in this post, leave comments and share.

So, did you see where Ozzie Guillen has been living during Spring Training? He blogged some pics.

Want your blog promoted on MLB.com Blogs? Just say so with a blog post, use the “Jumbo MLBlogs” tag, and include a (good) 480×270 graphic in your post that we might be able to snatch for use as a Jumbo panel to feature it.

Contest alert from Erik at Counting Baseballs. And by the way, he is on a torrid page-view run and closing fast on Rays Renegade and Baseball Collector atop the FANS category of Latest Leaders. Can they hold him off? Will post the next Latest Leaders around April 1.

Speaking of Latest Leaders, one MLB.com beat writer is running away with the overall crown for most page views by any MLB.com blogger in March. Will see if you can guess what team she covers and then check back to see if she stayed in front.

Members of the 2011 Omaha Storm Chasers got their rings, and Around the Horn in KC blogged about it. Is MLB glory next?

Will it be the Year of Kansas City? The All-Star Game is headed there in July, and a rising young team could surprise a lot of people, especially with Jonathan Sanchez on the hill. For a reminder of their young talent, take a look at the post on Around the Horn in KC. It’s a nice look at the Omaha ring ceremony for the 2011 Pacific Coast League title. Will winning rise up through the ranks? Anything can happen in today’s Major League Baseball.

If you ever need a hand around here, remember that our good friends at WordPress.com (capably) handle all blog Support, so use their contact page as needed. You also can post comments here whenever you wish and I see them immediately and follow up if I can help. Do not contact MLB.com subscription product customer service people for blogs needs, as they have nothing to do with that since last June.

Do you know what Giants World is? Pretty cool. Find out on the club’s photo blog.

Nationals fans have to follow Curly W Live — took another step forward in Spring Training and will be even more must-follow starting Opening Day.

Welcome back to the Tigers. When you see what we mean, you will growl.

Want to see what a Japan Opening Series ticket looks like? Check it out.

New look on the MLB.com Fantasy 411 blog, check it out. Oh, and make sure to follow my colleagues Mike & Cory so you can dominate your league.

If you have FB, TW & Pinterest pages, then you have to have an MLB.com Blog as well. Your brain is big enough, and you can have your FB and TW streams on the side panel to encourage Likes and follows. Every time you post, set it so it becomes a blurb on your social pages. A blog is a key part of the overall arsenal…more than ever, in fact. That’s why so many Major League clubs start blogs year-round.

Seen a great MLB.com Blog post? Let us know in the comments with full URL please, and tell everyone to blog at http://MLB.com/blogs

2011 Top 100 MLB.com Blogs

Latest Leaders logoCongratulations to everyone who made the annual Top 100 MLB.com Blogs list in 2011, measured in page views for the full year. It was a year in which the Phillies topped the regular season in wins, and also a year in which MLB.com Phillies beat reporter Todd Zolecki topped all bloggers as the overall king of MLBlogs. The MLB.com Hot Stove Blog led the way in the PRO 100 division, ahead of Jamie Ramsey’s Better Off Red, Alyson Footer of the Astros, and Keith Olbermann. Baseball snagger and author Zack Hample edged Rays Renegade to top the FAN 100 list. See if you can make our 2012 list!

Here are your 2011 Latest Leaders, based on page views from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31:

1. MLB.com Hot Stove Blog
2. Better Off Red
3. Alyson’s Footnotes
4. Baseball Nerd
5. MLB.com Fantasy 411
6. Bloomberg Sports
7. John & Cait…Plus Nine
8. Inside the Dodgers
9. Comerica Park, 48201
10. Beat the Streak Report
11. Ben’s Biz Blog
12. The Byrd’s Nest
13. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
14. Around the Horn in KC
15. The USA Baseball 16U Blog
16. Tommy Lasorda’s World
17. Guestbook for fans supporting Gary Carter
Update 2/16/12: We in MLB are saddened by Gary’s passing and have created a new guestbook for fans to leave condolences and share memories of the Hall of Famer.
18. The Veteran and the Rook *
19. CastroTurf
20. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
21. Inside the White Sox
22. Phillies Insider
23. Heard It From Hoard
24. rallymonkeys
25. Newberg Report
26. SFGiantScoop
27. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
28. The USA Baseball 14U Blog
30. Curly W Live
31. Ozzie Speaks
33. Great Scot!
34. Cubs Vine Line Blog
35. Rattler Radio
36. MLB Urban Youth Academy
37. The LumberBlog
38. Dodgers Photog Blog
39. The D-blog
40. ‘Riders Insider Blog
41. @MLB Twitter Blog
42. ‘Cats Corner
43. Above the Plate
44. Padre Knows Best
45. Clubhouse Confidential
46. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
47. Kara’s Hot Corner
48. Official Twins Fan Guestbook
49. Our Game
50. Torii’s Storiis
51. Cooperstown Chatter
52. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
53. The Watson Files
54. AFL Prospects
55. Padres hispanos
56. Fantasy Freddie
57. Baltimore Orioles Fan Guestbook
58. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
60. Is this thing on?
61. Chirp Chatter
62. Yard Work
63. Red Sox DestiNATIONs
64. The Dish
65. Inside the Chiefs
66. Official Cardinals Fan Guestbook
67. Desde el Desierto
68. Delmarva Shorebirds Blog
69. Ozzie Habla
70. The Cutoff Man
71. The Schlact Stories
72. Bird Droppings
73. Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp
74. Royals Then, Now & Forever
75. Salem Sox Talk
76. Unlocking the Keys
77. Marlins New Ballpark
78. From the Nest
79. The Mitchell Report & Livin’ La Vida Leo
80. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
81. Docking With the Ports
82. Rollin’ with Rick
83. MiLB Snap Shots
84. BTF Today
85. Tony Schiavone Blog
86. Indians Off the Field
87. Colorado Springs Sky Sox Official Team Blog
88. Medias Blancas con Orgullo
89. The Sprouting News
90. Extra Innings with the KCrew
91. An Astros Minute
92. A’s Ticket Services
93. Diamond Digs with Daniel Descalso
94. Wings Things-official blog of the Rochester Red Wings
95. Catching Z’s
96. Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis
97. Bees Wax
98. Disco Hayes
99. Kaat’s Korner
100. Boomskie on Baseball

* Mark Derosa (“The Veteran”) has since signed with the Nationals.

1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. Red State Blue State
4. Rockpile Rant
5. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
6. Unfinished Business
7. The Three Bs
8. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
9. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
10. Phillies Phollowers
11. Counting Baseballs
12. Hands off my Pirates Booty
13. Beisbol 007
14. The Pittsburgh Peas
15. Pinstripe Birthdays
16. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
17. The Closer
18. Dodgerfilms
19. The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
20. Rockin’ Redlegs
21. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
22. FutureAngels.com
23. Well Played Mauer
24. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
25. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
26. Rowland’s Office
27. This is a very simple game…
28. The Yankee Dinosaur
29. Observing Baseball
30. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
31. BlueBattingHelmet
32. The Phanatic Addict
33. 2131 and Beyond
34. The Ballpark Guide
35. The Unbiased MLB Fan
36. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
37. The 1 Constant
38. The Baseball Haven
39. Art of the Pale Hose
40. Strictly Cubs Baseball
41. The Cartoon Bird
42. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
43. The Rays Rant
44. baseballqueen
45. Sarge’s Phillies Phantasy Camp Diary
46. A Misplaced Astros Fan
47. Plushdamentals
48. mlbblogger
49. Justine’s Baseball Journey
50. Amazine
51. Blue Jays Nest
52. Collection of Baseball
53. Minoring In Baseball
54. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
55. Reds Country
56. Phillies Red Pinstripes
57. Cambios y Curvas
58. Red Sox Nation Daily
59. King of Cali
60. The Cub Den
61. All Things Pirates: Breaking down the Buccos
62. Brewers Rumors
63. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
64. The Brewer Nation
65. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
66. Nyjer Morgan Fan Club
67. The Baseball Daily
68. Perfect Pitch
69. Perpetual Padres Saga
70. El Designado
71. Confessions Of A Baseball Fan
72. A Girl’s View of the Brewers and Other Related Baseball Things
73. Cardinal Girl
74. Major League Ballhawk
75. LEAVes of Dodger Blue
76. World Series 41, Rangers Fan 1
77. steel city ballhawk
78. Linea de Primera
79. The Wizard of Ozzie
80. Thomas’ Trolley
81. Pop Fly Boys
82. Stuck On Prospects
83. Rox Addict
84. The Best Sox Blog
85. Tale Of The Tigers
86. (:> Bird Brained
87. Wrigley Regular
88. The Brawn of Braun
89. Fish Fry
90. Prose and Ivy
91. Totally Tribe
92. eltubeyero22
93. San Francisco Giants Stuff
94. The Heirloom
95. Baseball Addict
96. The Hitless Wonders
97. Cream City Cables
98. fenway fruitgirl: BEHIND THE NET
99. Soxoholics
100. Ballpark Banter

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

Note: We’ve omitted the WordPress.com blogs using MLB themes that have no baseball content, and MLBloggers are reminded that they will only be tracked for Latest Leaders traffic if they are using an MLB theme.

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


Zack Hample is one of our original MLBloggers, saving his first entry for The Baseball Collector on April 21, 2005. Along the way he has introduced the art of snagging baseballs to fans everywhere, resulting in book deals, countless media appearances and a long line of followers and inspired snaggers.

David Rhode is Executive Director of Pitch In For Baseball, an organization that also had its start in 2005. It is well-known as the collector and redistributor of new and
gently used youth baseball and softball equipment to underserved
communities both in the U.S. and around the world. PIFB has
distributed equipment and uniforms to more than 50 countries worldwide
and more than 100 communities around the United States impacting over
60,000 children in need.

It was only natural that these two parties join forces, and below is today’s press release announcing that they have done just that. I hope many MLBloggers and other baseball fans will help contribute to their excellent cause.

Zack Hample joins the Pitch In For Baseball team

New York — Just when the Hot Stove League appeared to be drying up, the dominant player at his position has found his team for 2009.  Zack Hample, the recognized leader of snagging baseballs at MLB ballparks, will be bringing his unique talents to the non profit organization Pitch In For Baseball® during the 2009 season.

Zack’s credentials place him at the pinnacle of baseball collectors.  Since 1990, he has grabbed more than 3,800 baseballs at 44 different MLB stadiums.  What makes this season of snagging so different, however, is that Zack will now be using his unparalleled skills to further the mission of youth baseball and softball non profit partner, Pitch In For Baseball.

Zack’s plan is simple.  He will visit various stadiums, snagging baseballs with his usual array of tricks and insights (he can ask for a ball in over 30 languages).  Historically, he has been able to accumulate 200-300 balls per season, including balls from batting practice and live play.  Individuals and corporate partners can pledge any amount of money for each ball he grabs during the 2009 season by visiting http://www.zackhample.com/charity.php.

Zack’s goal for the season is to raise at least $50,000.  That translates to 1,000 supporters donating 25 cents for a projected 200 balls snagged. Of course, Zack hopes more than 1,000 supporters join the “Sultan of Snag” and he also hopes to reel in more than 200 balls.

“I love baseball and I love kids,” says Zack.  “Getting to snag baseballs for a charity that combines both is a dream come true.  I can’t wait for Opening Day!”

Zack will be opening the season with a trip to Toronto April 6-9 in pursuit of Gary Sheffield’s 500th career home run ball and any other ball he can grab during that series.

Pitch In For Baseball collects and redistributes new and “gently used” youth baseball equipment to needy children both here in the U.S. and around the world.  “We are delighted to be able to bring Zack onto our team,” says David Rhode, Executive Director of Pitch In For Baseball.  “His passion and the passion of his many followers provide a unique and fun way for baseball fans to support our charitable mission.”