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.

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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.

One of the unique aspects of watching a game in person at the ballpark is observing how fans fare at fielding foul balls in the stands. In fact, in some cities it’s not uncommon for the crowd to weigh in with its evaluations of the foul-snagging performances of fellow spectators. Now there’s a foul ball-focused blog in our community: FoulBallz. From analyzing studies of foul balls to musings on who is at fault when distracted spectators are hit by foul balls, there’s some interesting content here that you’re not likely to find anywhere else.

Remember the Marlins fan who vowed not to shave his head or face until Jose Fernandez returned to action following Tommy John surgery last year? It’s been one year since The Jose Guy made his pledge, so On Cloud Conine checks in with him to see how he’s looking these days after 12 months of growth.

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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!

MLB Pro Blog: A Bobcat Life

D. Baxter the Bobcat is the D-backs’ mascot. And now he’s a blogging mascot, with the launch of his new MLB Pro Blog, A Bobcat Life. Baxter plans on using the blog to share stories, photos and videos from his wild life representing the team at the ballpark and at appearances in the community. Make sure you’re Following him, and drop by his blog to leave him a comment.

Know a new blog (or even a veteran one) just waiting to be discovered? Tell us about it in the comments!

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.

badcopworsecop looks back at a winning homestand for the Dodgers that very easily could’ve been a great one. That homestand featured Thursday’s rare rain delay at Dodger Stadium, documented by It’s Always A Good Dre in L.A.

Official MLB historian John Thorn profiles The Only Nolan in a post to his Our Game blog.

Chipalatta shares two random and completely unrelated Astros thoughts following Houston’s sweep of the Blue Jays.

Photog Jenn Zambri was there at Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies won their fifth straight on a weekend of several firsts. She posted some of her photos of the scenes from the game over at Phillies Phollowers.

#CardsInsider highlights last Friday’s Homers for Health Home Run Derby, hosted by Matt Holliday and teammates to raise money to help sick and injured children.

Ångels Fans Unite examines the importance of closer Huston Street to the Angels.

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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.

The Cubs finished off an impressive four-game sweep of the first-place Mets, and The Canuck Cubbie was as excited as you might imagine following Thursday’s thrilling come-from-behind victory in the series finale.

In his most recent post to his shared Brandon and Brandon blog, Brandon Belt told fans, “Ask some questions so I have something to write about!” So make sure you leave him a comment with your question for the Giants first baseman.

While we’re on the subject, tonight’s Cardinals starter, Carlos Martinez, published his first post to his new MLB Pro Blog. If you haven’t already done so, leave Tsunami a comment welcoming him to our community!

My Take on the Lake looks at the Indians’ quest to “reverse the curse” with their first World Series title since 1948.

The A’s surprisingly are struggling so far in 2015, and oaklandathleticstalk examines what has caused the slump and where the team might go from here.

With his fifth blogging anniversary approaching, Terry Nelson of Balls and Strikes talks about his first e-novel, Loonies in the Dugout.

We’re six weeks into the 2015 season now, and 9 Inning Know It All takes stock of where we stand.

Highways & High Hopes explains the trials and tribulations of life as a female sports fan.

We love a good writeup of a trip to the ballpark, and sabrineinthecity documents a recent visit to AT&T Park, while the ex-pat at Whole Other Country gives an account of an Astros game at Minute Maid Park from a UK perspective.

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Discover: Three-Pack Thursday

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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.

2. Was Detroit’s 13-1 shellacking of Minnesota today a reality check for the Twins, or is the Twins’ impressive 19-16 start a sign that everyone underrated them in the tough American League Central? Here’s one person who thinks the fast start is a fluke, so feel free to share your opinion. And while we’re on the subject of doubters, Level Whimsicality doesn’t see the Cubs as real contenders. We think a lot of people around Wrigleyville might differ.

3. Wishes do come true. See the latest post on Braves Give . . . . How to lose gracefully. . . .  This one’s for those who like the word “crick” . . . This Atlanta blogger has a SunTrust Park construction update. . . . Dave Till shares his view of corporate ownership in baseball, especially north of the border. . . . Joe Frisaro has the latest on the Marlins’ search for saves. . . . Tom Singer gives A.J. Burnett a chance to stand up for himself after a Philly roasting.

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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?”

If you can’t get enough of bobbleheads, Bobblehead Addicts is your kind of blog to catch up on the very latest in bobblehead news.

Here’s a blogging assignment for you:  Post about your bobblehead collection or your favorite one and leave a link to the post in the comments.

You might remember reading about Reggie Deal’s 30-ballparks-in-30-days baseball road trip a few years back. In a post to his Blind Baseball Perspective blog, Reggie discusses a number of things he feels would improve the game, like adding the designated hitter to the National League, realignment and returning to a 154-game regular season.

The Brewer Nation examines how communication between members of the Brewers bullpen is helping improve the unit’s performance.

After 33 games, beat writer Jason Beck tries to figure out what to make of a Tigers’ offense that is struggling to score runs this season, despite a healthy team average.

Going On Sabbatical features an uncle’s reflections on life while watching his 10-year old nephew’s baseball game.

Derek Byrd is a Florida attorney who wonders whether we might be looking at the next great hitter in Cubs rookie phenom Kris Bryant.

The first-place Yankees have been one of the more pleasant surprises so far in the 2015 season, and pinstripe news credits the bullpen — Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller in particular.

Discover: Tuesday Roundup

Players work out at Citi Field before the start of the MLB All-Star Futures baseball game between the U.S. Team and World Team on  Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York. The New York Mets

We’ll be changing the look here every now and then to keep it fresh. See what you think, and tell us about your themes in the comments. Now on to today’s uncovering of your cool posts…

For the college senior behind Seeing Ballparks Around the U.S.A., utopia is getting lost at a baseball game. Recently he had the chance to take in a Mets game at Citi Field, and he wrote about the experience in his blog.

Elsewhere in the Big Apple, the Yankees are 6-1 against the division rival Rays this season. BomberBanter.com thinks it knows the secret behind the pinstripe domination: Mustache Power.

Our two Hall of Fame writers with PRO blogs just saved new blog entries: Paul Hagen and Tracy Ringolsby. I recommend following both of them, and feel free to leave them comments and say Mark sent you.

The Dodgers are honoring the 1965 World Series championship team before Saturday’s home game against the Rockies. It’s Always A Good Dre in L.A. shares some good videos of Koufax & Co., including when they met Mr. Ed. (more…)

Discover: Monday Around the Horn

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From the Corner of Edgar & Dave tells how Felix Hernandez had a Mother’s Day to remember, becoming the fourth-youngest pitcher in MLB history to reach 2,000 strikeouts. Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to reading more from Clarissa, who wrote about a recent visit to Safeco Field in her Clarissa’s World blog. (more…)

Discover: Thinking Pink This Weekend

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In observance of Mother’s Day, you’ll be seeing a lot of pink this weekend in ballparks, as Major League Baseball looks to help the fight against breast cancer. One of the coolest things we’ve seen are the t-shirts the Mariners will be giving out to fans sitting in King’s Court for Felix Hernandez’s start on Sunday. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave has all the details. (more…)

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