A new era for MLB.com/blogs

Now that we are well into the Hot Stove season, another key player in Major League Baseball has just made a big change of scenery: Us.

We are excited to announce that MLB.com/blogs, approaching its 11th season as the leading baseball blogging community, has moved its popular PRO blogs to a terrific new blogging platform at Medium.com. Soon the overall move from WordPress.com will impact our existing fan blogs as well, so this is an update for everyone involved.

Background

First, a bit about Medium. Launched in 2012, it was developed by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams to provide a platform for longer-form writing. It features a full visual editor user interface, can handle multiple forms of embedded multimedia content, and uses a system of tagging, sharing, and recommendations to group and promote articles within its network.

Some of the biggest benefits of the move to Medium are:

royalrundownSame community. MLB.com/blogs dates back to the very first post by Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda with an ode to his friend and former teammate Jackie Robinson — and the community is going to be stronger than ever around that hub. We’ve included a roster of all of the PRO blogs that moved over, and just some of the examples there already include the Our Game blog from MLB Official Historian John Thorn, Tigers beat reporter Jason Beck, Dodger Insider, the official MLB.com Books Blog with a new review from Hall of Fame writer Paul Hagen, From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, Cardinals Insider, MLB.com columnist Richard Justice, Twins Pics and many, many more. There will be some new looks, led by Kansas City’s relaunch of Royal Rundown.

You’ll recognize the familiar MLB.com logo and our familiar slogan we’ve always featured for baseball blogs: “Official Affiliate / Unofficial Opinions.”

Networking. The odds of your blog surfacing to a fresh set of eyes will be higher than ever before with Medium’s expansive reach. The new platform excels at placing links to your articles on related articles within the network, where it’s likelier to find greater exposure. As a result, Medium expects to provide nearly a 40-percent traffic bump to content on the network.

A culture of reading. Other platforms are geared more to publishing than being read. Medium’s audience skews younger and is engaged and well informed. Readers come to Medium to consume meaningful, quality content. And their growing audience is “sticky,” meaning readers spend a considerable amount of time on the site, consuming a series of related articles.

The neighborhood. The new Bill Simmons venture, The Ringer, launched earlier this year on Medium, joining SI’s The Cauldron and the NBA. The Italian football club AS Roma is on board as well. We will be positioned alongside these high-profile sports entities as Medium continues its push to become a hub of sports content.

What it means to you

We invite you to move your own blog over to Medium as soon as possible and continue to be part of our new MLB.com/blogs community. Just create one using your Twitter account, the easiest way to get started. If you do, please by all means leave a comment on our hub blog at MLB.com/blogs simply listing your URL. Then we will continue to help promote your blog as we always did, surfacing PRO and fan blogs regularly. That page is promoted across MLB.com.

Only the pre-existing PRO blogs will keep their familiar “mlblogs.com” domains from this point forward. Between now and the end of 2016, any fan blogs with those domains will revert to a “wordpress.com” domain. WordPress is directly messaging bloggers who will be affected. The old addresses will continue to work for some time after the switchover there.

In addition, the four MLB themes used in recent years at WordPress (PRO, Fan, Modern and Retro) will be retired. Bloggers who stay with WordPress will need to choose new themes from them.

You’ll immediately notice some slightly different lingo when you blog at Medium. Your WordPress blog becomes a “publication” on Medium, and your blog posts now are “articles.” The visual editor ultimately is very similar to what you’re used to, but some things do operate slightly differently and you’ll notice some unique functionalities the first time you write on Medium. We’ll make sure you have a guide to writing on Medium to make your transition as seamless as possible.

Even if you aren’t planning to blog at Medium, it’s a good idea to start an account there just so you can continue to follow certain PRO blogs so that you are notified immediately when a new entry is saved. While the URL for that blog will not change, you will need to start a Medium account in order to continue receiving such notifications. To do so, visit Medium.com, click on the “Sign In / Sign Up” button in the upper right corner, and sign up using Twitter, Facebook, Google or by using your email address. After creating your Medium account, please visit that blog at the familiar URL, click “FOLLOW” and make sure to check the box next to “Receive Letters in your inbox.”

We’re excited about moving MLB.com/blogs to a new platform, and we think you’ll enjoy using Medium. If you have any questions at all about this process or Medium in general, please don’t hesitate to ask us right here.

– Mark

Introducing a major MLB award – for YOU

MLB.com Blogs Central

MLB Fans of the Year presented by Esurance

Major League Baseball has just introduced a major new award, and this one’s for you. In fact, there’s even at least one father-son duo from this MLB.com/blogs family among the 120 nominees.

See my story just posted at MLB.com introducing MLB Fans of the Year presented by Esurance.

You can start voting right now at MLB.com/awards. Take a good look at the 120 nominees — four per club. Each team will have a winner. You probably will recognize many of them, and I know many bloggers here will be familiar with Baker Boys & Baseball, one of the Angels nominees.

MLB and the 30 clubs worked tirelessly to identify the sport’s top supporters, and four nominees per club have been presented for your vote.

Winners whose clubs reach the League Championship Series or Fall Classic will receive tickets to root for their home team on a late-October night. For…

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Latest Leaders – August 2016

latestleaders_logoIt’s crunch time as the dog days of summer give way to the thrill of fall baseball and the high stakes that accompany the postseason push. The best rise to the challenge, and that’s true in our community as well. Congratulations to everyone who made the list, particularly our rookies like One Time Zone, One Team, The Sox Sweetheart and DodgersFYI. See which blogs drew the most traffic last month and discover a new blog — or five.

Here are your Latest Leaders from August 1-31:

MLB PRO
1. Dodger Insider
2. TribeVibe
3. Brandon and Brandon
4. Muskat Ramblings
5. MLB.com Fantasy 411
6. Friar Wire
7. Beck’s Blog
8. Cait Covers the Bases
9. Dodgers Photog Blog
10. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
11. The Halo Way
12. Cardinals Insider
13. Cubs Vine Line Blog
14. Inside the White Sox
15. Our Game
16. SF Giants Photos
17. Curly W Live
18. Better Off Red
19. Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
20. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
21. Reds Urban Youth Academy
22. Major League Bastian
23. Justice4U
24. Phillies Insider
25. Newberg Report
26. White Shark
27. On Cloud Conine
28. Rays Radio
29. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
30. Roof and Gate Report
31. All Nats All the Time
32. TVA Jacques
33. Braves Give
34. Rockies Photo Blog
35. Fenway Frames
36. One Time Zone, One Team
37. Desde el Desierto
38. A Bucs Life
39. Step up to B.A.T.
40. Write ’em Cowboy
41. BTF Today
42. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
43. Twins Pics
44. The Cutoff Man
45. Beyond the Ballpark
46. Baseball with Matt
47. Bollinger Beat
48. Matt’s Bats
49. MLBPAA Intern Insider
50. Medias Blancas con Orgullo

FANS
1. The Baseball Collector
2. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
3. The Ballpark Guide
4. Universo Béisbol
5. The Brewer Nation
6. stlcardinalsminimo
7. Bleacher Boy
8. The Canuck Cubbie
9. mlbblogger
10. Born on Third
11. The Unbiased MLB Fan
12. cat loves the dodgers
13. Phillies Phollowers
14. Plouffe’s New Hairdo
15. Fish On The Farm
16. Gregg’s Baseball Bookcase
17. eltubeyero22
18. The Baseball Sociologist
19. Fish Fry
20. The Cartoon Bird
21. Echoes From 527
22. Dazzy Vance Chronicles
23. Above The Mendoza
24. BMETSboosters
25. Bumgarner Snotrockets
26. More Splash Hits
27. Cardinal Red Baseball
28. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
29. Women Who Love Cardinals Baseball
30. Baseball’s Relatives
31. The Winning Run
32. A Season with the Chicago  White Sox
33. Coco Crisp’s Afro
34. Cardinal Girl
35. Mets Plus
36. All Things Ed
37. 7th Inning Stretch Time
38. The Curveblog
39. steel city ballhawk
40. INSANE SPORTS
41. Yankees42
42. Clubhouse Chatter
43. Beisbol 007
44. A View From The Bench
45. The Sox Sweetheart
46. Gamer Babes from Half Moon Bay
47. Giants Fan Carm
48. The Astros Ballhawk
49. DodgersFYI
50. Snagging Baseballs

MiLB PRO
1. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
2. Ben’s Biz Blog
3. Riders Insider Blog
4. Rattler Radio
5. Rollin’ with Rick PawSox
6. The Dash Board
7. Inside the San Jose Giants
8. Minor Details
9. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
10. The Shuck Dynasty
11. ‘Cats Corner
12. Salem Sox Talk
13. 45 Miles From Fenway
14. Beachbound & Down
15. Unlocking the Keys
16. Intimidating Insight
17. The 2-2 Pitch
18. Hook, Line and Sinker
19. Bill On Baseball
20. Barons Beat
21. Sound Bytes Blog
22. From the Nest
23. Inside the Chiefs
24. Callis’ Corner
25. Docking With the Ports
26. Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis
27. Generally Speaking
28. Crawdads Beat
29. MiLB Snap Shots
30. ‘Tuga Power
31. The Island Chronicles
32. The Hop Stove – Official Blog of the Hillsboro Hops
33. Indy Baseball Chatter
34. Hit Bull Win Blog
35. All Aboard

Reminder: These rankings 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. As always, keeping mind that our data is unrelated to the traffic stats you see in your WordPress.com dashboard that measure traffic differently. 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. 

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Discover: Monday Around the Horn

Los Angeles Dodgers' Corey Seager watches his three-run home run, along with Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke, center, and catcher Welington Castillo during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Matt Moore, Corey Seager

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Belt shares reviews of summer movies

Brandon Belt

Looking for a good summer blockbuster? Brandon Belt has weighed in with his latest round of movie reviews in his Brandon and Brandon MLB Pro Blog. See what film the Giants first basemen loved and which one he walked out of. If you aren’t already following the blog he shares with teammate Brandon Crawford, make sure you subscribe today, so you don’t miss a thing!

Discover: Monday Around the Horn

Boston Red Sox's Rick Porcello delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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