Discover: Walk-Off Wednesday

Previously, Gregor Blanco shared the exciting news that he and his wife are expecting a third child. In his most recent post to his White Shark blog, the Giants outfielder reveals the gender — and answers questions submitted by readers on subjects ranging from the DH to the toughest pitcher for him to face.

As Cody Mitchell will tell you, the series between the Nationals and Cubs at Wrigley Field is hard to ignore, with two of the game’s most exciting young talents, childhood teammates Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant, both going deep in Tuesday’s thrilling win for the home side. The Canuck Cubbie liked what he saw from the Cubs and Born on Third enjoyed Bryant’s mammoth game-tying blast off the ballpark’s new video board.

Speaking of young talents, toughlovesports has a list of the next three prospects who could get the call up the big leagues, while Most Passionate Braves Fans takes a look aroud Atlanta’s farm system.

MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby writes that Royalmania’s grip on the Kansas City area clearly is evident in the first AL All-Star Game ballot update, featuring no fewer than four Royals leading the voting at their respective positions, and a fifth in position to start in the outfield.

Throw Like A Girl discusses her favorite baseball movie of all time, Field of Dreams. She urges everyone to sit down with some loved ones and watch the classic film.

The Cutoff Man, Jack O’Connell, says the Yankees’ homestand took a positive “shift” when starter Adam Warren didn’t get rattled by a bad break with his defense shifted behind him. Bottom of the Ninth saw Warren’s strong start against the defending American League champions as further vindication for the young pitcher, who has put together three solid outings now after struggling in his first six starts of the season.

Could Josh Donaldson’s dramatic walk-off home run on Tuesday night be a turning point in the Blue Jays’ season? Hosehead’s Thoughts and Wisdom certainly hopes so.

Going Yard Boston wonders whether Joe Kelly might be the best option for the Red Sox in the closing role at this point.

Discover: Tuesday Roundup

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford says that it always somehow comes back to hair gel in his most recent post to the Brandon and Brandon blog he shares with teammate Brandon Belt. Meanwhile, seeing the defending world champs’ offense putting up crooked numbers is music to the ears of Giants Fan Carm.

The 2015 MLB Draft is just around the corner, so Going Yard Boston looks as one of the draft prospects the Red Sox might be picking with their Top 10 pick next month.

The Halo Way posted a great gallery of photos from the Angels’ thrilling 4-3 walk-off win on Memorial Day over the Padres.

College journalism major Ryan Decker examines the recent spate of pitcher ejections for foreign substances and what might be done about it in his Now on Deck blog.

Seatown Mariners writes about the tough decision looming for the team’s brass sooner or later.

The Phillies currently are playing the rival Mets, and wagnermlbblog explains why this series is so important to the Fightins.

 

 

Happy #JerseyDay – whatever your team

You have our permission to wear a Major League Baseball jersey to work or anywhere else today and next Friday. I’m going with my favorite team’s jersey at the MLB Advanced Media HQ in New York’s Chelsea Market, even though I’m a little ahead of the gun with the Cardinals look. Do you really need an excuse anyway?

Happy Jersey Day

This week I wrote an MLB.com story about #JerseyDay, which is happening today and next Friday. The occasion will be celebrated at 15 MLB ballparks today and then the other 15 ballparks next Friday.

I hope to see a lot of blog posts around here showing you in your baseball jersey. Please leave a comment here with your Permalink so we can track you down and naturally give it a little fashion-police love.

Special thanks to my awesome MLB.com colleague Josh Brown for the hookup. I’ve been collecting a lot more running gear than baseball jerseys lately, and sadly I was down to a Cardinals Albert Pujols BP Jersey (which still means a lot) and a badly mustard-stained White Sox No. 35 authentic home jersey. I’m happy to say that these were waiting on my desk when I got to the office this morning, so major shoutout to Josh:

Happy Jersey Day

Both of these are from the new Majestic Athletic Cool Base collection that has been all the rage in 2015 at the MLB.com Shop, starting at only $89.95. Click just about anywhere on our MLB.com homepage today and you’ll find them. The one on the left is an ivory-colored Cool Base Alternate Jersey with the old-school “St. Louis” on front, and the other is the Cool Base Home Jersey. They are lightweight and breathable so they are perfect for this summer, and new this year is the authentic MLB Silhouetted Batter logo on the center back neck area.

Oh, in case you’re wondering who’s on  my back, I still have to customize these two. Suggestions welcomed. Considering what happened to my Cardinals/Pujols jersey, I’m probably going with an up-and-comer this time.  :)

Teams celebrating #JerseyDay with club-centric celebrations at the parks today include the Blue Jays, Braves, D-backs, Dodgers, Indians, Marlins, Nationals, Pirates, Rays, Red Sox, Rockies, Royals, Tigers, White Sox and Yankees. Next Friday features the Angels, Astros, Athletics, Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Mariners, Mets, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Rangers, Reds and Twins. But hey, everyone can wear one now, and definitely get a Cool Base. Buy one that’s in-stock now, and you’ll get a mini-cap set free for ordering.

Show us your jersey!

– Mark

Discover: Thursday Rundown

belt-childIn his previous blog post, Giants first baseman and MLB Pro Blogger Brandon Belt asked his readers to submit questions. They did, and he answered those reader questions in his most recent post in his Brandon and Brandon blog. Find out what he typically talks to baserunners about at first base and which teammates he pals around with. Definitely follow their blog if you aren’t already doing so!

In a fascinating and comprehensive stat-based piece, Primed delves into the numbers to look at how replay reviews are occurring and how they tend to be turning out.

It’s been an up-and-down season so far for the Blue Jays, and Low n’ Away takes the pulse of the team with the Memorial Day milepost rapidly approaching.

It seems unfathomable after his dominant 2014 Cy Young campaign, but Dodger Insider looks at how Clayton Kershaw actually may have become underrated this season.

It might only be May, but that doesn’t stop Most Passionate Braves Fans from taking stock of the early standouts in the NL Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award races.

Third base tends to be underrepresented in the Hall of Fame, so MLB.com’s Barry Bloom examines whether the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre merits induction in Cooperstown over at Boomskie on Baseball.

Bumgarner Snotrockets has a by-the-numbers look at Madison Bumgarner’s latest outing, a victory over the Reds in Cincinnati.

Have a post you’d like to see featured here? Leave the URL in the comments below!

Discover: Walk-Off Wednesday

The Miami Marlins new manager Dan Jennings stands in the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Miami, Monday, May 18, 2015.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

New Marlins manager Dan Jennings looks on during his first game in charge on Tuesday.

With another early season managerial change taking place this week, veteran baseball scribe and MLB.com columnist Tracy Ringolsby looks at how similar moves have worked out in previous seasons in his Write ’em Cowboy Pro Blog. Spoiler alert: It’s pretty rare for a team to catch fire and advance to the postseason after playing poorly enough to start the season to cost their manager his job. If you’re not already following Tracy’s blog, make certain you’re doing so. It’s a must-read for all baseball fans. (more…)

Discover: Meet the Rookies

Fan: Tigers Forever

tigersforeverFannie (pictured on the left, with friends at Comerica Park) is a Detroit native who has turned her love of the Tigers into her brand-new MLB.com/blog, Tigers Forever. Her first post is an introductory note that takes a turn down Memory Lane with tales of visits to the old Tiger Stadium and a clear memory of Detroit’s World Series win in 1984. Her favorite Tiger may have changed over time from Chet Lemon to Magglio Ordoñez, but her fandom has remained constant through the years. Join us in welcoming Fannie to our blogging community! (more…)

Discover: Monday Around the Horn

The Nationals have overcome a head-scratchingly slow start to pull within touching distance of first place in the NL East after a successful West Coast swing, as revisited by DC Sports and Stuff. Prior to that, Natalie of Natalies Nutritious Life took in a game at Nationals Park on Mother’s Day and posted about the experience in her blog. (more…)

Discover: Weekend Warriors

MLB.com’s Richard Justice has been busy with his Justice4U blog. In a pair of posts today, the veteran scribe makes a case for the Rays as the most interesting team in baseball and wonders whether we’re asking the right question about Troy Tulowitzki. (more…)

Discover: Three-Pack Thursday

Want more traffic to your baseball blog? Leave your post’s URL in the comments below. Please feel free to follow this new MLB.com blog to see new posts from fellow fans and pros within Major League Baseball.

1. So this just happened: The Dazzy Vancy Chronicles blogged about a big MLB story that actually involved Dazzy Vance! That blog was especially inspired by The Klubot’s 18-strikeout gem against the team with baseball’s best record, especially because Corey Kluber just broke a record that had been set by Vance way back in the day. The Unbiased MLB Fan also weighed in on Kluber’s victory for Cleveland over St. Louis. (more…)

Discover: Walk-Off Wednesday

Red Sox fan and Bill James disciple Bryan O’Connor lives in Maine, where he writes his excellent Replacement Level Baseball Blog. His latest post uses a formula to answer the question: “Who is the greatest active player at each position?” (more…)

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