Here’s some help for your Franchise Four ballots

Franchise Four - Vote NowDonald Tincher of the Shoestring Catches blog is here to help as we wind down balloting for Major League Baseball’s Franchise Four campaign. Here are the 19 franchises he has blogged about so far, and keep an eye out for more: Angels | Athletics | Astros | Blue Jays | Braves | Indians | Mariners | Marlins | MetsOrioles | Phillies | Rangers | Rays | Red Sox | Royals | Tigers | Twins | White Sox | Yankees

Larry Shenk, vice president of alumni relations for the Phillies and the club’s longtime director of public relations, kicked in his own expert thoughts at Phillies Insider about the tough choices on that particular ballot. When The Baron speaks, you gotta listen. Leave your Permalink here after you make your picks…and same with the main 2015 Esurance All-Star Game Ballot.

Player Post: Gregor Blanco

Gregor BlancoJust in from the White Shark…

As you know, we’re not strangers to having to fight our way out of a bad stretch. That’s why no one in here panicked last month. We know how to come out of it, and it looks like we have. Or least we’re in the process. And we still don’t have Cain or Hunter back.

Even in our World Series years, we never had the best team in baseball. We know we are always going to have to fight to win. We go into every game with the mentality that we fight for as long as it takes — whether we win by one run or ten runs, or get the ugliest win you can imagine. We don’t care. As long as it’s a W, we’re good. Read more >

Discover: Monday Around the Horn

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Happy Star Wars Day! (May the 4th be with you.) See Better Off Red and Cait Covers the Bases for special Jedi posts for the occasion. Onto your posts…

  • Trivia question: Who is the only manager yet to repeat a lineup construction for consecutive games, excluding the pitcher’s spot? Read this blog post to find out.
  • Gamer Babes from Half Moon Bay has been one of our favorite Fan blogs since it joined our community a year ago. Written by lifelong baseball fan Toni Cecchetti, the blog is dedicated to “all fans, whether gamer, gamer dude or gamer babe” of the Giants, and is about to celebrate its first anniversary.
  • See our community blog and find out who let the dogs out.
  • Pinstripe State of Mind recaps the Yankees’ sweep at Boston. And here’s a Yankee fan blogging mainly about Dutch baseball.
  • Astros Mission Control has photos and the story behind All-Star Jose Altuve’s recent invitation to the prom by a fan.
  • How are you voting for your team’s Franchise Four? Here’s how Shoestring Catches votes for the Rangers.
  • Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com says Yadier Molina forgot how to frame a pitch. Them’s fightin’ words in St. Louis. stlsportssection certainly disagrees. What do you think?
  • It’s easy enough to know who is on the disabled list. But what about who may be headed to the DL in the near future? The Crystal Baseball provides injury soothsaying services by predicting who could be next.
  • Clarence Council III is the author of INSANE SPORTS. He’s the host and executive producer at Insane Sports in Chicago, hitting all major North American sports, with a Chicago twist.
  • Young MLB Pro Blog Baseball with Matt takes a look back at the “Jackie Robinson of the American League,” Hall of Famer Larry Doby.
  • Division-focused NL Central Hub looks at the tough hand former Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke was handed going into the season.
  • Chuck Booth currently is on the ultimate baseball road trip, seeing at least one game for 183 straight days to raise money for concussion awareness. You can follow along at MLB Reports.
  • Former Brave Brian Jordan recently paid a visit to the RBI program in Dekalb County as part of #BestDayEver, and Braves Give was there to chronicle the event.
  • With the Yankees sitting atop the AL East 25 games into the season, LP Sports takes a look at the bats that have been powering the New York lineup to this point.
  • Sandy’s Spiel puts on a bow on a massive weekend in sports with an Atlanta-centric recap of the main events.

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. (more…)

Discover: Weekend Warriors

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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. (more…)

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!

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