The 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:
1. Dodger Insider
2. Cait Covers the Bases
3. On Cloud Conine
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
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
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
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
27. Los bigleaguers
28. Pinstripe Birthdays
29. Chatter From the Cheap Seats
31. The Baseball Haven
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
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.
- Cory Kluber and his teammates met fans at Tribe Fest, and TribeVibe was there.
- Cat loves the dodgers posted a great recap of her Dodger FanFest experience.
- A lip sync battle broke out at Brewers On Deck and Cait Covers the Bases has video.
- Inside the White Sox puts a bow on SoxFest 2016 with a final day wrap-up.
- What will 2016 hold in store for the Halos? The Angels Ace can’t wait to find out.
- ChristianBondBlog‘s first impressions of the 2016 Mariners seem to be positive.
- Who will follow Nori Aoki in the Mariners’ new lineup, asks Balls and Strikes.
- Big Time Atlanta Sports believes Matt Wisler is primed for a breakout campaign.
- MLB.com’s William Boor explains why the Cubs just might win it all this season.
- MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects is out and The Unbiased MLB Fan reacts to it.
- Newberg Report examines the Rangers’ highly regarded Minor League system.
- A Top 100-best seven Phillies give reason for optimism, according to 41phillysports.
- The Baseball Sociologist is excited for some baseball with the Caribbean Series.
- Super Bowl Week means Spring Training nearly is here, writes Dodger Drei.
- Our Game has the latest installment of David Voigt’s History of Baseball series.
- Meet Danielle, a spring 2016 intern, over at the MLBPAA Intern Insider blog.
- Wrestling Sports put together a list of his top five favorite MLB players to watch.
- Here’s a reaction to the Rockies-Rays trade from Daniel Satter Sport Talk.
- Better Off Red shares Marty Brennaman’s recap of Day One of Reds Caravan.
- SoxFest is happening this weekend and Inside the White Sox has all the details.
- TribeVibe posted a photo gallery from a recent player-organized mini-camp.
- How will the AL East shake out this season? Fustor for the People has an idea.
- Stlcardinalsminimo‘s Organizational Review series continues with the Pirates.
- Is it World Series or bust for the Mets in 2016? After the Buzzer Sports says yes.
- Beat writer Alden Gonzalez made an early prediction for the Angels’ depth chart.
- Get ready with “Brewers by the (Jersey) Numbers” from The Brewer Nation.
- Dodger Insider talks about a possible tribute to Vin Scully at Dodger Stadium.
- The Brewers’ new Spring Training look gets a reveal from Cait Covers the Bases.
- The Baseball Sociologist revisits the very first Hall of Fame election 80 years ago.
- Part 9 of David Voigt’s “History of Baseball” series is up now over at Our Game.
- Dazzy Vance Chronicles says goodbye to former player Walt “No Neck” Williams.
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!
- How does The First Week of Summer view the Nationals signing Bronson Arroyo?
- The Unbiased MLB Fan thinks changing the strike zone would be mistake. Agree?
- Is the NL better off without the DH? Sideline Warning Sports believes it is.
- The Metssiah asks what happened to Major League Baseball banning takeout slides.
- What will the White Sox do for their next move? Most Valuable Podcasts explores.
- How does the state of the Mariners look to FanUprising? Not bad at all, it seems.
- Sons of ’84 likes Topps’ new baseball card design for 2016? What’s your take?
- Just how bright is the future of the Rangers? Pretty bright, argues Newberg Report.
- Blue Jays Musings writes that the team’s new promo video might be the best one yet.
- Sometimes you find baseball in unexpected places, says The Baseball Sociologist.
- Stlcardinalsminimo reacts to a ranking of all 30 MLB rotations. Do you concur?
- How much do you know about Ken Griffey, Sr.? Baseball’s Relatives has five facts.
- On Cloud Conine lists the seven position players to pitch for the Marlins. Get them all?
- Looking for photos from Dodgers Love L.A. Week? Dodgers Photog Blog has those!
- Cait Covers the Bases unveils the Brewers new alternate logo and uniforms? Like ’em?
- Ready for this year’s Reds Caravan? Better Off Red explains how to follow along!
- Looking for Part 7 of David Voigt’s History of Baseball? Head over to Our Game!
- The Astros Ballhawk posted a great recap of Astros FanFest, complete with photos!
- This A-to-Z guide to the upcoming Brewers On Deck is from Cait Covers the Bases.
- TribeVibe shared the main stage itinerary for this weekend’s Tribe Fest.
- Justin Turner surprised fans, and Dodger Insider collected the social media posts.
- The Baseball Collector blogged about catching two home run balls in a game.
- Which remaining free agents will sign next? Around the Horn Talk has some ideas.
- The Winning Run looks at the increasing popular player opt-out in contracts.
- Where do the Nationals go after a disappointing 2015, asks stlcardinalsminimo.
- Big Time Atlanta Sports wonders what if the Braves hadn’t opted to rebuild.
- The rebuilding process also is in full swing in Cincinnati, as ampedi01 will tell you.
- Bay Area Blog of Sports Shenanigans looks at the Giants’ offseason preparation.
- Mike Scioscia and Fernando Valenzuela held court and The Halo Way was there.
- Metsin’ Around is very excited to see Mike Piazza get his due from the Mets.
- The schedule for Mike Piazza Weekend is out and ZX Sports has the highlights.
- The Baseball Sociologist loved an infographic that the Orioles put together.
- The latest installment of David Voigt’s History of Baseball is up at Our Game.
- Yoenis Cespedes is returning to the Mets, and Metsin’ Around reacted to the news.
- A Gal For All Seasons sees the three-year, $75 million deal as a win for all parties.
- Here’s one Mets fan’s perspective on Cespedes re-signing from Sushi on Sports.
- Metropolitanboomin evaluates a busy and productive offseason for the Mets.
- With Cespedes off the market, stcardinalsminimo takes a look at Hot Stove signings.
- Daniel Satter Sport Talk picks out the top free agents still unsigned for 2016.
- Small winter moves could pay off in a big way for the Cardinals, according to tvteddy.
- Jason Beck reports Kirk Gibson has only good things to say about Justin Upton.
- The Braves should look to sign Rymer Liriano, writes Big Time Atlanta Sports.
- The Baseball Sociologist has an appropriate photo after this past weekend’s weather.
- Taking the polar opposite approach to the snow is Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch.
- Mistake at the Jake pays tribute to Corey Kluber with “Ballad of the Klubot.”
- Re-live TigerFest with these highlights picked out by Comerica Park, 48201.
- Newberg Report is ready for the 2016 season after this weekend’s Rangers Fan Fest.
- Max Sherzer’s historic first season in Washington is on the mind of Roman report.
- Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp puts a bow on the latest edition with this wrap-up.
- Which Giants expectorated the most in 2015? Giants Fan Carm has the numbers.
- Baseball with Matt looks back at a memorable moment from the 2002 World Series.
- Part 5 of David Voigt’s History of Baseball series is up now over at Our Game.
- 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.
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?