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.
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:
Same 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.
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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It’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:
1. Dodger Insider
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
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
1. The Baseball Collector
2. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
3. The Ballpark Guide
4. Universo Béisbol
5. The Brewer Nation
7. Bleacher Boy
8. The Canuck Cubbie
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
18. The Baseball Sociologist
19. Fish Fry
20. The Cartoon Bird
21. Echoes From 527
22. Dazzy Vance Chronicles
23. Above The Mendoza
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
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
50. Snagging Baseballs
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.
- Dodger Insider recaps Monday’s homer outburst against a former teammate.
- Zack Greinke’s return to LA definitely didn’t go as he’d planned, explains cat.
- Drei is counting down the Dodgers’ magic number, currently sitting at 22.
- The Mets and Bartolo Colon overcame fatigue to win, says Hot Sauce Committee.
- The Cutoff Man notes the logjam in the AL East with the Yankees lurking.
- Jerad Eickhoff found his groove and ground out a win, writes Phillies Insider.
- The Canuck Cubbie hails Kyle Hendricks as a rock star after latest outing.
- The Rockies won and One Time Zone, One Team shares notes on the victory.
- Birds of Eutaw St. offers up some thoughts Ubaldo Jimenez’s complete game.
- Here’s today’s Pitch or Ditch from the fantasy gurus at MLB.com Fantasy 411.
- The Brewer Nation looks at the final piece in the Jonathan Lucroy trade.
- These AL postseason predictions are courtesy of The Major League Blog.
- Peplums and Pitches reviews an eventful month of August for the Rangers.
- Which players are most underrated? Here are The Unbiased MLB Fan‘s picks.
- The Wayniac Nation believes Indians prospect Yandy Diaz is ready to shine.
- Revisit the birth of the American League with John Thorn’s Our Game blog.
- The Pastime bids a fond farewell to “The Voice of Summer,” Vin Scully.
- Was Phil Rizzuto’s induction speech the funniest? Dennis Corcoran explores.
- Gamer Babes congratulates Matt Moore on coming agonizingly close to history.
- Carlos Ruiz was traded to the Dodgers, and Phillies Insider bids him farewell.
- Cat loves the dodgers says goodbye to fan favorite A.J. Ellis as he departs.
- The Dodgers’ interest in pursuing Ruiz is explained over at Dodger Insider.
- Thrivenationblog points out Ryan Howard is the last 2008 Phillie remaining.
- The trade inspired Newberg Report to check on some former Ranger prospects.
- Alejandro De Aza had himself a game, much to the delight of The Metssiah.
- The lineup nearly was perfect in the eyes of Women Who Love Cardinals Baseball.
- Inside the White Sox previews a sensational pitching matchup on Friday night.
- Playing by different September rules makes no sense, argues BB Baseball Talk.
- O’Zone gazes ahead at the outlook for teams in the hunt for October baseball.
- Meet The Electric Slugger, courtesy of this post from The Baseball Sociologist.
- Cardinals Insider Asked a Cardinal what baseball memory they’d like to re-live.
- Go back 50 years with Drei to when The Beatles played Dodger Stadium.
- Welcome the Rockies’ brand-new MLB Pro Blog One Time Zone, One Team.
- Dodger Insider points out Julio Urias has been pitching well for a while.
- The Rays took a weekend series from the Rangers and Rays Radio recaps.
- TribeVibe, The Halo Way and SF Giants Photos shared game photo galleries.
- The Yankees couldn’t finish off a series sweep again, laments The Cutoff Man.
- I’m Not a Headline Guy… feels vindicated by the Bombers’ improved play.
- View some #SoxCellfieSunday images, courtesy of Inside the White Sox.
- The Unbiased MLB Fan writes about the Mariners trying to end a dry spell.
- The rest of the season is all about prospect evaluation for the A’s, says BBST.
- Daniel Satter Sports Talk runs the rule over Blake Snell’s rookie campaign.
- The Braves have found a true gem in Mauricio Cabrera, argues Breslanta.
- The Wayniac Nation tells how Delvin Perez is putting the past behind him.
- Ballparks need more netting to protect fans, according to Baseball Betsy.
- Our Game reprinted a personal favorite article on old days in baseball.
- Go behind the scenes at Safeco Field with young Pro Blogger Matt’s Bats.
- Bumgarner Snotrockets got to enjoy another home run by the blog’s namesake.
- The Mets pitching couldn’t match their bats, to the chagrin of The Metssiah.
- Stlcardinalsminimo says it’s time to get excited as things are looking up.
- Maikel Franco came through in a big way, as Phillies Insider will tell you.
- Dodger Insider laments a loss in Philly that snapped the team’s momentum.
- Kris Bryant homered his way to history, as The Canuck Cubbie explains.
- Inside the White Sox is eager for home cooking with a nine-game homestand.
- GM John Mozeliak talked strategy down the stretch with Cardinals Insider.
- BBST argues the A’s Khris Davis is climbing the ranks of elite power hitters.
- Recent trades and better performances have Pinstripe State of Mind hopeful.
- Dodger Drei wishes the late, great Roberto Clemente a happy 82nd birthday.
- See photos of Jerry Garcia Tribute Night at AT&T Park from SF Giants Photos.
- Callis’ Corner has some bonus prospects to add to his article on Team USA.
- Read about the Brewers’ #growGOLD Game over at Cait Covers the Bases.
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!
- The Red Sox completed a weekend sweep and Fenway Frames has the photos.
- The Loyal Bostonian reports that Rick Porcello is pitching with confidence.
- The Phillies enjoyed a successful Alumni Weekend, as Phillies Insider recaps.
- Gamer Babes is superstitious and beginning to think she is the problem.
- Steven Matz impressed at Citi Field on Sunday and The Metssiah approves.
- The Canuck Cubbie thinks it’s high time Dexter Fowler gets some MVP love.
- The future is bright for the Yankees, as I’m Not A Headline Guy… explains.
- The GOAT sports writes that Alex Rodriguez’s retirement is bittersweet.
- Despite innings talk, Michael Fulmer just keeps pitching, reports Beck’s Blog.
- Dodger Insider marvels at Brett Anderson’s incredibly tough injury luck.
- The Indians shut down Michael Brantley and Casey Drottar agrees with it.
- Underthought looks at the Hall of Fame chances for some current big names.
- Luis Severino should learn from Mariano Rivera, claims The Cutoff Man.
- Tracy Ringolsby breaks down how a Minor League shakeup affects the Rockies.
- A father took his son to his first MLB game and wrote about it at Bill’s Blog.
- Cardinal Girl posted more photos from her recent visit to Cooperstown.
- Yoga has been a hit with the Brewers, as Cait Covers the Bases documents.
- The Cutoff Man recaps another come-from-behind victory for the Yankees.
- Baseball is losing over 1,000 homers this week, notes The Unbiased MLB Fan.
- The Canuck Cubbie is elated to see his beloved Cubs on a long winning streak.
- The defending NL champions fell to .500 and it’s making The Metssiah sad.
- JUST A BOY & HIS BLOG asks whether Rick Porcello is the ace of the Red Sox.
- Should the A’s give Zach Neal a real shot at starting? BBST believes so.
- Coast to Coast Sports takes a mid-season look at the Twins’ up-and-down 2016.
- Justin Upton has had a tough first season in Detroit and ALDLAND checks in.
- The Chicago Chronicle writes about the Tommy La Stella situation with the Cubs.
- Things are all right in Toronto according to One Flew Over the Jays nest.
- 1st and Inches shares an all-MLB team from his time watching the game.
- Jason Grilli is paying immediate dividends for the Jays, says Echoes From 527.
- MLB.com Fantasy 411 has Pitch or Ditch fantasy advice for tonight’s games.
- The first-place Indians are back home this weekend and TribeVibe has details.
- Phillies Insider was there at the Thursday luncheon honoring Jim Thome.
- Brewers greats will be scouting great tailgates, reports Cait Covers the Bases.