Blog the Ballot

Blog the BallotVoting is underway on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Ballot to decide starters for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 in Cincinnati. The largest All-Star balloting program in sports is now online only.

We’re looking for your blog posts about your picks after you vote, so please let us know if you Blog the Ballot by simply leaving your Permalink URL in the comments here. Use #ASGWorthy in hashtags. We’ll surface any ballot posts right here this week.

Flashin’ Leather: Crippy on the 2015 MLB All-Star Game

Angels Fans Unite: Halo Hunt, Franchise Four, All-Star Voting

Shoestring Catches: It’s not the All-Star ballot, but here’s a great Franchise Four ballot post worth seeing. Blog about those, too.

White Sox Insider: Here’s an early sighting of a VOTE badge…

Jack O’Connell’s Cutoff Man: With the Yankees off to a strong start, it is now up to fans to show their support.

Dodger Insider: All-Star voting begins today

Cait Covers the Bases: MLB and Cincinnati Reds Mark the Start of All-Star Balloting

Better Off Red: MLB & THE CINCINNATI REDS MARK THE START OF ALL-STAR BALLOTING

CBS Detroit: MLB All-Star Voting Goes Exclusively Online

Discover: Weekend Warriors

Addison Russell

The Cubs’ weekend got off to a great start with a 1-0 victory over the Brewers. The big news was that the lone run came on Addison Russell’s first career Major League home run — a milestone celebrated by Born on Third with a video of the blast. Meanwhile, The Canuck Cubbie is eyeing the weekend as an opportunity to make up some ground on the Cardinals.

Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine recently spoke about the importance of having successful teams in New York City, with both the Yankees and Mets in first place in their respective divisions. Speaking of the Mets, one of our favorite new fan blogs covering the Amazins is Metsin’ Around.

Following an excellent April, the Astros are the hottest team in baseball, taking a seven-game winning streak into the weekend. If you’re headed to Minute Maid Park, you always can check Roof Report to see whether the roof will be open or closed.

Madison Bumgarner led the Giants over the rival Dodgers in an NL West showdown on Tuesday night. Even more importantly, the San Francisco ace complied some important stats on the night, as documented by Bumgarner Snotrockets.

The Cardinals are celebrating Green Week at Busch Stadium during their current homestand, with the Pirates in town this weekend. #CardsInsider has all the details.

When setting up your fantasy team for the coming week, make sure to consult MLB.com Fantasy 411 for Zach Steinhorn’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes.

Looking to discover more baseball blogs? Keep an eye on the RSS widgets in this blog’s sidebar, as they show recent posts grouped by category. Make sure you leave a comment here with your own blog’s URL, and don’t forget to share your ballot for this summer’s MLB All-Star Game with a post to your blog tagged #ASGWorthy! 

Discover: Three for Thursday

Matt Harvey

  1. The wagnermlbblog author is from Philadelphia, so you have to appreciate these words at the end of today’s post about the first-place Mets: “A team that entered the season on the playoff bubble seems to be proving to the world why they are better than just a bubble team.  And, let’s be honest, us Philadelphians do have some compassion.  Every once in a while you have to let a New York City team have some fun.”
  2. Our friends at the incredible Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City have their official blog right here: Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords. Please be sure to follow it so you see all the posts as they hit your inbox, like these thoughts on what’s missing in the game and the need for more involvement. (By the way, did you know Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 is still being retired?)
  3. Because cat loves the dodgers, we’re going to show you what cat is posting. Like this great photo recap of a rivalry. And cat really loved matt kemp, because that gravatar is still going strong. On an unrelated note, I wonder if cat or anyone else can guess why Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes Meat Loaf. Or which MLB mascot is about to start a blog…

Mention your baseball blog’s URL in the comments here so we can surface it and other cool posts.

– Mark Newman

Discover: Tuesday Roundup

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Here’s a look at what grabbed our attention today in our blogging community:

Winners of three straight, the North Siders are building some momentum, and The Canuck Cubbie credits that to the good vibes from a clubhouse full of guys who seem to respect one another. (more…)

Discover: Monday Around the Horn

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Welcome to the working week! Following another great weekend of baseball, we wanted to showcase some of the best posts we’ve read so far today:

The Angels dropped the series finale with the Rangers by a 5-4 score, but The Halo Way posted an outstanding gallery of photos from the game, including some shots of youngsters having a ball. (more…)

Discover: Weekend Warriors

If you love black-and-white photography, take a look at these pics from Jon Soohoo.

Tim Reilly’s Big Apple Baseball Blog is in baseball bliss, with two first-place teams heading into the Subway Series. Give a warm welcome to Metsin’ Around, which celebrates our 10th blogaversary with a brand-new blog. Love those green 4 express train icons for the Subway Series! Who else has cool graphics? This is one place where we don’t mind if anyone jumps on the bandwagon, whether your team swept its first homestand or not. (more…)

Discover: Three for Thursday

Bernie Williams

Here are three MLB.com/blogs posts that caught our eye today:

1. Jack O’Connell writes about Bernie Williams finally making his retirement official, over in his The Cutoff Man MLB Pro Blog.

2. Mariners Fan Blog 7th Inning Stretch Time checks in with a post chronicling a recent visit to Safeco Field.

3. Cait Covers the Bases recaps an impressive 7th Annual Weather Day at Miller Park, attended by over 11,000 school-age children on Thursday.

As we told you in the 10th blogaversary post, we’ve relaunched this community as MLB.com/blogs and will be doing a lot more to surface cool new and existing fan and PRO blogs. Check the RSS feeds on the right side of this gateway blog regularly to discover updated posts, and make sure you leave your URL here in comments!

10th blogaversary! Join the party at MLB.com/blogs

Tommy LasordaAt 9:47 a.m. ET on April 18, 2005, Hall of Fame manager and (occasional rapper) Tommy Lasorda opened up with these words: “I’ve been with the Dodgers for 56 years now, and have seen a lot of talented, driven and special players in my day.” He was telling a story, as Tommy loves to do, but it was not just any knd of story. He was telling it on a blog.

It was Major League Baseball’s first blog post. Ever. As we celebrate the 10th birthday of that first post — right after another big Jackie Robinson Day — we wanted to bring some cool things to your attention:

We’ve relaunched this community as MLB.com/blogs. This social gateway is a blog itself, which we felt was the best way to welcome you to the whole experience. MLB Advanced Media partners with WordPress.com to provide themes and official marks and logos for all 30 clubs plus MLB, and the most state-of-the-art blogging software. All of your important links to manage your blog are listed in the blogger shortcuts here. (more…)

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