Latest Leaders – January 2016

latestleaders_logoThe great Yogi Berra once said: “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” This one’s for all of our bloggers who love baseball. You’re the ones who are endlessly committed to your blogs, building large followings and keeping them coming back. And you’re the ones who made the list in our first MLB.com/blogs Latest Leaders of the new year, including a lot of new faces making your debuts. We’re counting down to pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training camps, preparing you for fantasy drafts and tracking the latest Hot Stove happenings, so if you’re considering starting a blog, there’s no better time than right now to join us. If you’ve recently taken the plunge here at MLB.com/blogs, make sure to introduce yourself and your URL here in the comments! And if you made our MLB.com/blogs Top 100 for 2015, make sure you not only get the badge but also link it to the Top 100.

Here are your Latest Leaders from January 1-31:

MLB PRO
1. Dodger Insider
2. Cait Covers the Bases
3. On Cloud Conine
4. TribeVibe
5. MLB.com Fantasy 411
6. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
7. Curly W Live
8. Dodgers Photog Blog
9. Cubs Vine Line Blog
10. Our Game
11. The Halo Way
12. Better Off Red
13. Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
14. Reds Urban Youth Academy
15. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
16. Friar Wire
17. Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp
18. Cardinals Insider
19. Baseball with Matt
20. Comerica Park, 48201
21. Inside the White Sox
22. Phillies Insider
23. Reds Fantasy Camp
24. Newberg Report
25. MLB.com Blogs Central
26. Desde el Desierto
27. Justice4U
28. BERNIE’S BASEBALL WORLD
29. Braves Give
30. Rays Radio
31. Matt’s Bats
32. Beyond the Ballpark
33. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
33. Astros Mission Control
34. Step up to B.A.T.
35. BTF Today
36. The First Week of Summer
37. A Twinternal Perspective
38. Twins Pics
39. A Bucs Life
40. Medias Blancas con Orgullo

FANS
1. The Baseball Collector
2. Cove Chatter
3. The Brewer Nation
4. Universo Béisbol
5. Minor League Madhouse
6. Around the Horn Talk
7. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
8. mlbblogger
9. Dazzy Vance Chronicles
10. Bleacher Boy
11. Dodger Blue World
12. Mets Plus
13. Blue Jays Musings
14. Cardinal Red Baseball
15. 1970s Baseball
16. Sons of ’84
17. Dedicado al Baseball
18. The Baseball Sociologist
19. The Unbiased MLB Fan
20. Minoring In Baseball
21. Plouffe’s New Hairdo
22. Phillies Phollowers
23. A View From The Bench
24. Gregg’s Baseball Bookcase
25. The Winning Run
26. stlcardinalsminimo
27. Los bigleaguers
28. Pinstripe Birthdays
29. Chatter From the Cheap Seats
30. eltubeyero22
31. The Baseball Haven
32. theoriginalinsidesports
33. ZX Sports
34. The Angels’ Ace
35. Metsin’ Around
36. Bumgarner Snotrockets
37. Women Who Love Cardinals Baseball
38. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
39. Baseball’s Relatives
40. Beisbol 007
41. Coco Crisp’s Afro
42. cat loves the dodgers
43. Echoes From 527
44. Clubhouse Chatter
45. The Diamond Diplomat Blog
46. Big Apple Baseball Blog
47. Fish Fry
48. It’s Always A Good Dre in L.A.
49. Béisbol con Berraquera
50. Balls and Strikes

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Beck’s Blog
3. Mark My Word
4. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
5. Britt’s Bird Watch
6. Mariners Musings
7. Postcards From Elysian Fields
8. Major League Bastian
9. Change for a Nickel
10. Tag’s Lines

MiLB PRO
1. Ben’s Biz Blog
2. Inside the San Jose Giants
3. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
4. Rollin’ with Rick PawSox
5. Rattler Radio
6. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
7. Crawdads Beat
8. ‘Cats Corner
9. Beachbound & Down
10. Holding Down the Fort
11. The Shuck Dynasty
12. 45 Miles From Fenway
13. The 2-2 Pitch
14. Unlocking the Keys
15. From the Nest
16. Minor Details
17. New Hampshire Fisher Cats: Fun. Family. Baseball.
18. Playing In Peoria
19. Delmarva Shorebirds Blog
20. Doubledays ‘N’ Nights
21. The Futurists
22. Cardinals Chirps
23. Knight Fever
24. Nine Lives
25. Hit Bull Win Blog

Reminder: These rankings are based on Unique Visits measured by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, and we may change the metrics from time to time at our discretion. As always, keeping mind that our data is unrelated to the traffic stats you see in your WordPress.com dashboard that measure traffic differently. 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. 

Discover: Monday Around the Horn

kluber-tribefest

Discover: Weekend Warriors

Giancarlo Stanton

Discover: Three for Thursday

Ian Desmond

1. Free agents still available. We’ve seen some very high-profile signings so far, but there still are big names unsigned for 2016. Roman report looks at possible destinations for Ian Desmond, while I’m Not A Headline Guy… highlights some moves the Yankees might still make. In his Justice4U blog, MLB.com’s Richard Justice says this is where smart teams can do themselves a big favor with savvy shopping. If that’s not enough, Diamond Talk gazes into the crystal ball at next winter’s crop of free agents.

2. Counting down to baseball. As Phillies Insider points out, we’re just three weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to camp in Arizona and Florida. Now’s the time to start thinking about tickets, like Cardinals Red Baseball. And if ballpark food is on your brain, The Baseball Sociologist writes about a Minor League club’s call for fan food suggestions.

3. Getting historical. Hopefully you’ve been enjoying David Voigt’s excellent History of Baseball series on Official MLB Historian John Thorn’s Our Game blog. Part 8 is up now, covering the post-war and expansion eras. Carrie Muskat discusses an upcoming MLB Network documentary on legendary Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, while Cardinals Insider introduces the new Redbird Relics artifacts for fans. For some more recent history, On Cloud Conine revisits the time the Marlins ran out of catchers in the second inning.

Tell us about your Three for Thursday in the comments below!

Discover: Wednesday Wonderings

Bronson Arroyo

Discover: Tuesday Takeaways

astrosfanfest

Discover: Monday Around the Horn

Yoenis Cespedes

Discover: Weekend Warriors

David Ortiz

  • The possibility of DH expansion to the NL has Now On Deck nodding in agreement.
  • A Perfect Game believes the National League doesn’t need the designated hitter.
  • Here’s a look at the nuts and bolts of the DH debate from Brian Williams Creative.
  • Bunts Are Free Outs has another creative suggestion for an MLB rule change.
  • The Orioles re-introduced Chris Davis and Britt Ghiroli reports from the presser.
  • BBST explains how Yovani Gallardo is a good fit in Houston, but at a high price.
  • Looking for details on the Reds Caravan finale? Better Off Red is here to help!
  • T.R. Sullivan posted full information on this weekend’s Rangers Fan Fest.
  • Tribe Fest is next weekend, and TribeVibe shares everything you need to know.
  • Dodger Insider has ticket info for FanFest VIP experiences and autograph vouchers.
  • Blue Jays Musings would love to see Toronto add a Fan Fest next offseason.
  • Gary Vanden Berg received a huge honor, as Cait Covers the Bases happily reports.
  • The Baseball Sociologist is helping bobblehead enthusiasts plan for the 2016 season.
  • Take a trip back in time with On Cloud Conine to the Marlins’ website circa 1996!
  • Our Game has the fourth installment of David Voigt’s History of Baseball.
  • Ready for fantasy baseball? Don’t miss this mock draft from MLB.com Fantasy 411.

Discover: Three for Thursday

Joe Maddon

1. Winter fan events. This is the time of year when clubs are holding events for their fans to interact with members of the organization. The Cardinals’ recent Winter Warm-Up event attracted huge numbers, while their traveling Cardinals Caravan takes the show on the road. Braves Give will be at the upcoming Braves Fan Fest, while Cait Covers the Bases has the list of Brewers On Deck attendees.

2. Hot Stove still burning. Rays Radio has christened this The Year of the Opt Out after opt-out clauses made their way into a number of high-profile contracts. Some big names remaining unsigned far into the winter, and The Baseball Haven argues that this is the work of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Tigers Forever says days like Wednesday are the kind sports fans live for, while Beck’s Blog highlights Torii Hunter’s influence on the Tigers signing Justin Upton.

3. Fantasy camping. With fans donning the uniforms of their favorite teams at fantasy camps in warmer climates, Dodger Insider profiles a fantasy camp veteran’s rebirth at Camelback Ranch. Every picture tells a story, so here are a number of stories from Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp.

Plus a bonus one: Happy fifth anniversary to The Unbiased MLB Fan!

What’s in your Three for Thursday?

Discover: Wednesday Wonderings

APTOPIX World Series Mets Royals Baseball

  • Does Yoenis Cespedes make sense for the Braves? Big Time Atlanta Sports says yes.
  • Cespedes or Justin Upton? Sons of ’84 looks at the current debate among Tigers fans.
  • Blue Jays Musings explores whether John Gibbons is on a short leash in Toronto.
  • Who is the Angels’ ace? BBST has looked into this and still isn’t quite certain.
  • On Cloud Conine has 13 things you should know about new signing Wei-Yin Chen.
  • If Spring Training tickets are on your mind, The Baseball Sociologist is here to help.
  • Where will 2016 take Plouffe’s New Hairdo? There’s only one way to find out…
  • Guess which club topped a recent MLB ranking. Hint: Cubs Vine Line Blog is happy.
  • The Winning Run highlights why Monte Irvin was more than just a ballplayer.
  • Hoping to hang out with Indians players at Tribe Fest? TribeVibe tells how you can.
  • Better Off Red has the full details for Pete Rose’s induction into the Reds Hall of Fame.
  • Who are the Cardinals Hall of Fame nominees? Diane from WWLCB has the list.
  • Dodger Insider explains how the team is bringing back a different Joe Blanton.
  • Curious who Tampa Bay invited to Spring Training? Rays Radio shares that info.
  • Want to read Beachbound & Down‘s interview with Carrie Muskat at Cubs Con?
  • What has former Ranger Gerald Smiley been up to? Bleacher Boy interviewed him!
  • The nosebleed section predicts breakout players for all 30 clubs. Do you agree?
  • Looking for Part Two of David Voigt’s History of Baseball? Head over to Our Game.
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