2015 MLB.com/blogs Top 100

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Spring Training is just around the corner with the first pitchers and catchers set to report on Feb. 17, and everyone has big goals for 2016 in Major League Baseball. Here’s something you might want to set as a goal for yourself: making the annual MLB.com/blogs Top 100 list. Here are the blogs that had what it took to do that in 2015, by category. Congratulations to the MLB.com/blogs Top 100, based on Unique Visits measured by Major League Baseball Advanced Media from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2015. If you made the list, make sure you add your Top 100 badge to your sidebar, with the link to this post. That goes for everyone: active players, front offices, groundskeepers, fans, photogs and broadcasters! (more…)

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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!

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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

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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

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  • 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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Justin Upton

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