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UWF Argo Baseball Player Blog

One of my favorite blogs is back. Phillip Ebert of the defending Div. 2 National Champion UWF Argos is back and blogging more and more. Last season Ebert, who pitches for the Argos, blogged during UWF’s run at their first baseball title, and this year he is back blogging about their attempt at a repeat.

Already UWF has climbed to #2 in the rankings. They aren’t going to surprise anyone this year and they have a target on their back which all makes for some interesting reading from Ebert.

Philip was kind enough to talk to me last season, and you can read his interview here.

So if you like baseball at the college level, head on over and check out his blog. It’s an interesting read from a player and students perspective which has been great. Phillip gives you insight on what it is like not only to play ball at one of the best programs going right now, but what it’s like to be a student doing it.

You can find his blog here at College Baseball Lineup.

I hope you’ll head on over and

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Blog Review: John’s Big League Baseball Blog

Today I am going to take a look at another blog I enjoy reading: John’s Big League Baseball Blog.

John Sharp is simply a huge baseball fan. He writes about his favorite players of each team, old school players/teams, and the history of the game. Hailing from Kalamazoo, MI, John tends to write a bit about the Detroit Tigers, and he does it well.

One of the recent posts that got my attention was John’s announcement that he will be awarding the Annual Bill Freehan Award given to the best catcher in each league. Freehan, if you do not know, was a catcher with the Detroit Tigers back in the 60’s and 70’s. He was also the first catcher to win 5 consecutive gold gloves in the AL from 1965-69. But the best part of the award is its not just 1 man’s opinion. John is going to ask readers on a weekly basis to vote for the best catcher. These votes will then be used, along with his own pick, to determine the catcher of the week. I look forward to this next season.

Another thing that I love about John’s blog is his radio show. John’s Big League Radio Show airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon on BlogTalkRadio.com. John talks a lot about all the Detroit sports teams and Michigan football. He will be integrating on Monday his “Game Balls” that he does during football season,  so drop by and check out his show. You won’t be disappointed.

John is also a contributer to Detroit Tigers Scorecard. He does a lot from roster moves, to opinion pieces. On of my favorites John wrote recently after the Hall of Fame induction announcement. John talks about why Tigers like Jack Morris and Alan Trammel are not in the HOF.

John is a fellow member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA), and does a great job covering different aspects of the game. I enjoy the history of the game, and what better team to talk about the history of baseball with than one of the oldest franchises the Detroit Tigers. Recently I enjoyed learning a bit about one of the greatest Tigers of all-time, Al Kaline. John brings a great perspective

You can find John writing at John’s Big League Baseball Blog, on Twitter @freehan11, or talking baseball 3 days a week on Blog Talk Radio. And don’t forget to add his RSS feed to your reader to keep up to date with each post.

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Blog Review: The Bleacher GM

I read a lot of blogs online. A LOT. So I thought it would be good for me to introduce my readers with some of what I read.

The Bleacher GM is one of those sites. I am a longtime fantasy baseball player, and Jeff and Jeremy at Bleacher GM bring their readers a lot of great information dealing with fantasy baseball. But they bring you more than just fantasy talk. Some of the gold on their site are the draft tools in the form of spreadsheets (my favorite is the multiple category hitters) detailing hitters and pitchers who lead different categories as well as mock drafts.

But that’s not all. If you are a fantasy player, you love rankings, and Bleacher GM brings you rankings. The position by position rankings that they bring you are well worth the look, especially if you are looking for that starting catcher after yours just tore an ACL.

Another part of their site are the stories they tell. I am an avid baseball traveler, and I want to eventually see every stadium. A series that has started recently by Jeremy, or JTM, was a road trip with some fellow fantasy addicts and beer drinking baseball buddies. I love stuff like this.  JTM is on part 2 of the story so far, and I am looking forward to more. It’s an interesting tale of 4 guys on a trip to see baseball along the east coast. It’s a funny tale about how they did not want to trip to be a gay-cation Thelma and Louise style with just 2 guys, so they invited more. I also learned about the “The Rule of Rollercoaster” which I thought was not only interesting and true, but funny at the same time.  This series will definitely be and entertaining read. So check it out.

The newest aspect of the site are the podcasts. I think this is a great idea. They are just getting started, but doing a great job so far. I caught the 2nd podcast they did to hear what they thought of some of the baseball moves this off-season. I enjoyed it and will definitely be back for more.

Both Jeremy and Jeff bring a lot to the table, and with their years of fantasy experience, they can help you field a winning team. They are always open to talking fantasy baseball, and are more than willing to answer any questions you might have. Whether you are a newbie that just started your first season or an experienced vet, their knowledge can always help. Besides, who doesn’t like to toss around trade ideas with fellow fantasy owners.

You can find them at BleacherGM.com or if you have questions shoot them an email. They are always looking to talk fantasy baseball. JTM can be found at jeremy.manning@bleachergm.com while Jeff, or Furtah as he is referred to at times, can be reached at jeff.furtah@bleachergm.com. Or find them on Facebook or Twitter and if you are like me and can’t live without something like Google reader you can get their RSS feed here.

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Blog Review: I-70 Baseball

As the hot stove season heats up, I want to bring you more of my favorites from the world of baseball blogging. One of my favorites happens to be written about two teams that, while I am not particularly enthusiastic about, I have a great respect for and find myself rooting for quite often.

I-70 Baseball covers the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals. I don’t have a big affiliation with either club, but they bring back one of my earliest memories of baseball with the 1985 World Series. I have always had a great respect for the Cardinals and their fans who I think are some of, if not, the best in the majors. They are passionate and very knowledgeable which is, sadly, a unique combination in today’s environment. I am always rooting for the Royals as well, except when they play the Rangers. The Royals have a long history of winning, but recent years they have been the doormat of the American League since they are one of the small market teams. These teams that go head to head with the Yankees $200+ million payroll, I will always be rooting for.

I-70 Baseball is an affiliate site of Baseball Digest providing regional coverage of the Cardinals and Royals. And they do a great job. Despite not being a huge fan of either team, I enjoy reading the articles at I-70 Baseball as they give a good insight to both teams.

I-70 Baseball is led by Founder and Executive Editor Bill Ivie. A longtime Cardinal fan, Bill is a baseball historian who spends countless hours digging through the history of the game. This allows him to bring great knowledge of the game to go along with his passion. Bill is also a contributer to BaseballDigest.com and shortly after joining the team there he became the Assignment Editor. You can find him on twitter @poisonwilliam.

Mr. Ivie has a great staff as well helping out over at I-70 Baseball. As a long time Royals fan, Matt Kelsey serves as associate editor and senior writer. Matt has a background in the newspaper industry and is a published fiction writer which brings a great style to the site. You can find him on twitter @matt_kelsey.

Angela Weinhold was the first writer that joined I-70 when it was still just a concept.  Her work on the series “Cardinals In Time” has been almost novel worthy.  She has recently accepted an Associate Editor position with the site and frequently handles duties as a Chat Host during the radio show on Monday nights.  If you ask Bill, Angela has become his right hand in most of his projects and has quickly become someone he can depend on when he needs to get things done. You can find her on twitter @CardsChic

This is only the tip of the iceberg as well. I-70 Baseball has a bevy of contributers for both Royals and Cardinals coverage which is why they are the premier site for coverage of either team.

There are so many things to like about the site since they bring so much to the table. All too often blogs tend to forget the minors, but not here. One of my favorite things about the site is the farm reports. Whether it’s the Arizona Fall League or the Rule 5 Draft, these guys have it covered. They cover the old, the new, the future, fantasy, and so much more.

One of my favorite posts was just done a few days ago. The Balboni Line deals with the lack of power the Royals have shown over the years. I was amazed at the lack of power they have shown with not having a single player in their history to hit 40 home runs. With all the sluggers they have had over the years (Steve Balboni, Dean Palmer, Danny Tartabull, George Brett, Jermainie Dye, and so many more) I would have thought that 1 player in their long history would have gotten to 40.

This year was also the 25th Anniversary of the I-70 World Series. For the past few months, I-70 has brought updates from games and moments from that historic series. That has brought back a lot of great memories for me as this is the 1st World Series I remember watching as as kid. The articles ran on the anniversary days of the series, and you can find the game recaps along with commentary. It’s a great series.

But I-70 Baseball is more than reading blog entries. One of my favorite parts is the weekly hour long internet radio broadcast on Blog Talk Radio. Every Monday night at 10 pm CST Bill and Matt bring you interviews, insights, and so much more. I love baseball documentaries, and I was hooked on the internet radio broadcast when I found out they were talking to movie maker Tony Okun, the director of “Time in the Minors”. It was a great interview and highlighted some interesting information regarding minor league baseball.  I recommend checking it out here. After hearing the interview, I can’t wait to see the documentary.

So do yourself a favor and head on over to I-70 Baseball. There are some great writers bringing some great baseball coverage to their readers. If you are on Twitter, you can follow and chat with the staff @i70baseball or you can follow them on Facebook too.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed so you don’t miss another post.  That is my way of reading their articles every day.

Stay tuned for more of my favorite blogs.

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Baseball Bloggers Alliance

I am always searching for people to talk baseball with, and early this year I came across the group I had been looking for – Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

For me it was like finding home after being lost all my life. The Baseball Bloggers Alliance is just what it sounds like – a group of people who blog about baseball. There are over 200 blogs ranging from blogs about teams, to books, to fantasy, to just anything baseball. You can find it all here, and that was just what I was looking for.

I have had the chance to speak with some of its members, and its been great. I have had the chance to talk baseball, share ideas, and learn new things I wasn’t aware of. But its more than just of bunch of guys, and yes gals, talking baseball. We take the time to vote on league awards each year. Right now we are voting on our thoughts for the Hall of Fame inductions which will be released soon.

So if you are interested in reading, writing, talking, or listening (yep the BBA does a podcast too) head on over and check out the BBA. There are a lot of great blogs there with something for any fan. You can also check out this interview with founder and president (and Cardinals blogger) Daniel Shoptaw over at fellow BBA blog Misc. Baseball.

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Blog Review: BaseballReflections.com

One of the blogs I read on a daily basis is BaseballReflections.com.  Peter Schiller, and his wife Mishael who also contributes, brings a unique perspective to the world of baseball.

What initially drew me to BaseballReflections.com is the coverage of baseball everywhere. They do a great job of covering your normal MLB happenings through Fantasy reviews, Hot Stove issues, along with all the happenings in each division, but they also do some international baseball as well. One of my favorite recent posts was on baseball in Japan.

They also cover a wide range of topics.  There are a lot of helpful reviews of books, movies/documentaries, and even stadiums. I wasn’t aware of the documentary on University of Texas head coach Augie Garrido until I saw a post on BaseballReflections.com.  They did a great job reviewing the documentary as well.

Like interviews? I do, and they have some good ones at BaseballReflections.com.  Whether it is an interview with Steve Garvey (my brother’s favorite player as a kid) or some great interviews from people around baseball. One of my favorites was the interview with a female umpire from professional, international, amateur, and Div I games. Peter and his crew always do a great job bringing you not only big names from baseball (Tommy John anyone?) but people who bring a different perspective and passion to the game.

This is all in addition to the great coverage they provide year round of what is happening in MLB. So get on over and check out BaseballReflections.com and check out some of the great stories, interviews, and insights.  Peter provides some great writing, but so do his other contributers. His wife Mishael writes under the name Pete’s Rose providing a great woman’s perspective.  Bill Jordan also contributes some great articles.  Bill is also a contributer to BleacherReport.com.

Peter is also  affiliated with a great cause, a children’s book with a great message called, “A Glove of Their Own”. For every purchase of this great book using the promotional code WBO, a $3.00 donation will be made when purchased through the Franklin Mason Press website for World Baseball Outreach at checkout. You can purchase a copy by following the link at their website www.agloveoftheirown.com. So go on over and contribute to a great cuase.

You can find BaseballReflections.com on Twitter @BbalReflections on Facebook and be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed so you never miss another post.  You won’t be sorry you did.

BaseballReflections.com

I plan to bring you some reviews of some of my favorite blogs over the next few months. These are all blogs that I read on a regular basis and suggest you do as well. You can find all of these sites linked on my blog directory as well.  I will continue to update my directory as I review sites.

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