Discover: The Final Vote Campaigns Begin

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As you’re undoubtedly aware, the Esurance All-Star Game 2015 Final Vote is under way, as fans have until Friday, July 10, at 4 p.m. ET to decide the 34th and final roster spots for both leagues at this summer’s Midsummer Classic. One of our own, Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez, is on the ballot! Elsewhere, Dodger Insider is leading the charge to get reigning NL MVP Clayton Kershaw to Cincinnati, while Better Off Red urges fans to #VoteCueto. In the AL, Sons of ’84 wants you to vote “Yo,” and Drinking the Royals Blue Aid is counting on another big voting performance from Kansas City fans to help out Mike Moustakas.

One NL All-Star could be on the move soon, as The Zo Zone discusses Jonathan Papelbon’s desire to be traded to a contender.

The O.Co Show wants to see top 2015 All-Star vote-getter Josh Donaldson’s exploits recognized by A’s fans, rather than resented.

The Phillies and Dodgers played a back-and-forth game at Dodger Stadium on Monday night, and Phillies Insider Larry Shenk wasn’t at all surprised to see former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins come through in the clutch for his new club.

In Chicago, Jon Lester finally notched his first Major League hit (in his 67th career at-bat), and The Canuck Cubbie writes about the Cubs’ ace showing what he can do on the mound and even at the plate on Monday night.

With Tim Lincecum on the disabled list, Sweetness Sports asks what the Giants should do with “The Freak” when he returns.

TribeVibe explains how The Deal Guy will able to make his $20 go very far at Friday’s Indians game at Progressive Field.

Should the Braves be buyers or sellers as the trade deadline approaches? Sandy’s Spiel looks to answer that question.

Giants Fan Carm has a pledge: she won’t be requesting any wins from her boys to keep the pressure off them.

Dingers Every Swing laid out a vision for a new blog in an impressive debut yesterday.

Tell the world about your Final Vote picks and leave the permalink in a comment below!

Latest Leaders – June 2015

latestleaders_logoWelcome back the MLB.com/blogs Latest Leaders, which we’ll resume posting on a monthly basis here. These 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. (Note that our data is unrelated to the traffic stats you see in your WordPress.com dashboard, which measures traffic differently.) The proven way to get on this list, besides killin’ it on your blog, is to leave your URL in comments right here regularly after you post.

Here are your Leaders from June 1-30:

MLB PRO
1. Dodger Insider
2. Just Mets
3. TribeVibe – Indians front office
4. Cait Covers the Bases – Brewers front office
5. MLB.com Fantasy 411
6. Dodgers Photog Blog
7. Our Game – MLB Official Historian John Thorn
8. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave – Mariners front office
9. The Halo Way – Angels photo crew
10. Better Off Red
11. Curly W Live – Nationals front office
12. Brandon and Brandon – Two Giants infielders
13. On Cloud Conine – Marlins front office
14. SF Giants Photos
15. Friar Wire – Padres front office
16. Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
17. Cubs Vine Line Blog
18. MLB.com Blogs Central – community blog
19. Inside the White Sox
20. @Cafe Blog – Giants front office
21. Around the Horn in KC – Royals front office
22. Twins Pics
23. Cardinals Insider
24. Roof Report – Astros
25. Reds Urban Youth Academy
26. White Shark – Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco
27. Astros Mission Control
28. Phillies Insider
29. Desde el Desierto
30. Newberg Report
31. Rays Radio
32. Braves Give
33. Justice4U – MLB.com columnist Richard Justice
34. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
35. Step up to B.A.T.
36. Matt’s Bats
37. Comerica Park, 48201 – Tigers front office
38. BERNIE’S BASEBALL WORLD
39. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
40. TVA Jacques
41. Beyond the Ballpark
42. BTF Today
43. Speaking Baseball
44. The Cutoff Man
45. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
46. Baseball with Matt
47. Baseball Books
48. Sweet Spot in Baseball
49. MLBPAA Intern Insider
50. A Twinternal Perspective

FANS
1. The Baseball Collector
2. Universo Béisbol
3. The Ballpark Guide
4. The Brewer Nation
5. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
6. The AustralianBaseballDigest
7. Crawdads Beat
8. mlbblogger
9. Shoestring Catches
10. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
11. Dodger Blue World
12. Minor League Madhouse
13. The HÅlos Network
14. The Unbiased MLB Fan
15. Minoring In Baseball
16. Fish Fry
17. Phillies Phollowers
18. Dedicado al Baseball
19. Mets Plus
20. Born on Third
21. Dazzy Vance Chronicles
22. Beisbol 007
23. Plouffe’s New Hairdo
24. The Canuck Cubbie
25. The Baseball Haven
26. Béisbol con Berraquera
27. Gregg’s Baseball Bookcase
28. Pinstripe Birthdays
29. eltubeyero22
30. The Angels’ Ace
31. Yankees42
32. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
33. Metsin’ Around
34. The Baseball Sociologist
35. Cardinal Red Baseball
36. Big Apple Baseball Blog
37. Flashin’ Leather
38. Coco Crisp’s Afro
39. The Winning Run
40. theoriginalinsidesports
41. Baseball’s Relatives
42. Women Who Love Cardinals Baseball
43. The O.Co Show
44. Bumgarner Snotrockets
45. Fish On The Farm
46. Balls and Strikes
47. One Strike Away…Twice!
48. Giants Fan Carm
49. steel city ballhawk
50. Go Go Cards!

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Beck’s Blog
3. The Zo Zone
4. Mark My Word
5. Tag’s Lines
6. Postcards From Elysian Fields
7. Britt’s Bird Watch
8. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
9. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
10. The Fish Pond
11. Mariners Musings
12. Bombers Beat
13. Bowman’s Blog
14. Change for a Nickel
15. Major League Bastian
16. Mets Cetera
17. North of the Border
18. Brownie Points
19. Brew Beat
20. All Nats All the Time

MiLB PRO
1. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
2. Ben’s Biz Blog
3. Rattler Radio
4. The Dash Board
5. The Shuck Dynasty
6. 45 Miles From Fenway
7. Inside the San Jose Giants
8. Rollin’ with Rick PawSox
9. Rolling Thunder
10. Porcupines in Pinstripes
11. Riders Insider Blog
12. Unlocking the Keys
13. The Inside Pitch
14. Hook, Line and Sinker
15. Minor Details
16. ‘Cats Corner
17. The G-Blog
18. Barons Beat
19. Inside the Chiefs
20. Holding Down the Fort
21. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
22. Salem Sox Talk
23. Yard Work
24. Intimidating Insight
25. From the Nest
26. Playing In Peoria
27. Rich Burk’s Short Hops
28. Bill On Baseball
29. Tampa Yankees
30. Burlington Royals
31. The 2-2 Pitch
32. On the Mike
33. Doubledays ‘N’ Nights
34. Docking With the Ports
35. Delmarva Shorebirds Blog
36. Gnats Gnation
37. MiLB Snap Shots
38. Sound Bytes Blog
39. Knight Fever
40. Express Tracks
41. The Futurists
42. From The Press Box
43. The Hop Stove – Official Blog of the Hillsboro Hops
44. ‘Tuga Power
45. Get Hooked
46. B-Mets Buzz with Tim Heiman
47. The Spin on the Spinners
48. Hawk’s Eye: View From The Booth
49. Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis
50. Nine Lives

Reminder: 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.

Discover: Wednesday Wonderings

Chris Sale

Like there was any chance Chris Sale’s historic streak would go unnoticed by Inside the White Sox? (more…)

Discover: Tape Measure Tuesday

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson has received more All-Star votes than any other player, and Tailgate Talk wants to know whether his Blue Jays are legitimate contenders in the competitive AL East thanks to a successful June. (more…)

Discover: Monday Around the Horn

Steven Matz

Following a very memorable Major League debut on Sunday at Citi Field, where he allowed just two runs in 7.2 innings pitched and went 3-for-3 with four RBI at the plate, New York Sports Hub invites fans to meet the Amazin’ Steven Matz. (more…)

Belt, Blanco check in with fans on their blogs

Brandon Belt, Gregor Blanco

The defending World Series champs are well represented in our blogging community, with first baseman Brandon Belt, shortstop Brandon Crawford and outfielder Gregor Blanco all finding time away from the ballpark to post to their blogs. In his shared Brandon and Brandon blog, Belt has an update on his son, Grayson, talks about Blanco’s recent concussion and reviews a couple of new releases he has seen in theaters. For his part, Blanco discusses his recovery from the concussion and answers questions from fans on subjects like adjustments at the plate, his family and team travel in his White Shark blog.

Leave them a comment and start your own blog today to blog with the pros!

Discover: Three for Thursday

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1. There’s just one week left for fans to cast their Esurance 2015 All-Star Game Ballots. We know Miguel Cabrera has Tigers Forever‘s vote — and now probably the vote of at least one young fan, too. Sconnie Sports Talk looks ahead to what the NL All-Star roster might look like, while Better Off Red, From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, and Dodger Insider all stump for their guys down the stretch. So cast your votes and blog about your #ASGWorthy picks like The Unbiased MLB Fan did! (more…)

How Jon SooHoo got the best action shot of 2015

Mark Newman:

MLB.com/blogs veteran and longtime Dodgers photog Jon SooHoo got one of the best baseball pics of his career on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Our community blog has the first-person account of how it happened…

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs Central:

Jon Soo photo of Adrian Gonzalez and Keith Hartley with Baby Isaac Jon SooHoo captures The Catch and says, “Everything happens for a reason.” Click photo for high-rez version.

Jon SooHoo is in his 30th year as a photographer covering the Dodgers, and he just celebrated the anniversary with one of the greatest shots of his career. SooHoo, whose LA Photog Blog has been one of the most popular spaces at MLB.com/blogs over the past five years, captured the widely seen photo Tuesday at Wrigley Field of Cub fan Keith Hartley interfering with Adrian Gonzalez and catching a baseball while holding his baby. The umps got it right, the fan got the ball, baby Isaac got fed, and SooHoo got the remarkable shot. I traded emails with SooHoo today for a first-hand account of the photo, plus some of the follow-up photos he took at the bottom of this Q&A. Take a look:

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Discover: Wednesday Wonderings

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs

You’ve seen his famous photo. But did you know photographer Jon SooHoo has an MLB Pro Blog, Dodgers Photog Blog? (more…)

Discover: Let’s Play Two-sday

Todd Frazier

Cats In The Bleacher disagrees with those upset at the Royals’ All-Star voting dominance this season, while miraclesports lists the blogger’s “real, unbiased” picks (such as the Reds’ Todd Frazier, pictured above) for the Midsummer Classic. Make your voice heard by voting for the players you feel are #ASGWorthy with the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot before the July 2 deadline! (more…)

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