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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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BBA RECOMMENDS ALOMAR, BLYLEVEN FOR HALL OF FAME


Today MLB will announce the newest Hall of Fame class. As apart of the BBA (Baseball Bloggers Alliance), I wanted to share with you who we chose to be inducted.

BBA RECOMMENDS ALOMAR, BLYLEVEN FOR HALL OF FAME

Second baseman Roberto Alomar and starting pitcher Bert Blyleven were named today as the recommended 2011 Hall of Fame class by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

Alomar, who is on the ballot for his second year, and Blyleven, looking at his fourteenth time, both finished just shy of the BBA’s recommendation in 2010 at just a fraction under the 75% threshold.  As was the case last year, both Alomar and Blyleven received the same amount of votes from the BBA membership in 2010, but this time it was enough to push them into the recommended status.

Both players received 117 votes out of the 154 ballots cast, resulting in a 75.97% approval rate.  Again echoing the vote taken at the end of 2009, shortstop Barry Larkin was the third man in the balloting, missing selection by being named on just 70.78% of the ballots.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s vote has no impact on the official vote taken by the Baseball Writers of America and the members of the Hall of Fame.  However, the BBA has been often a predictor of awards granted by the writers, matching their selection in fourteen of the sixteen major awards in the last two postseasons combined.

The final voting results are as follows:

Roberto Alomar, 75.97%
Bert Blyleven, 75.97%
Barry Larkin, 70.78%
Jeff Bagwell, 62.34%
Edgar Martinez, 59.09%
Tim Raines, 54.55%
Mark McGwire, 44.16%
Lee Smith, 38.96%
Alan Trammel, 35.71%
Don Mattingly, 33.12%
Larry Walker, 31.17%
Fred McGriff, 27.27%
Jack Morris, 25.97%
Rafael Palmerio, 20.78%
Dale Murphy, 16.23%
Dave Parker, 12.34%
Harold Baines, 10.39%
Kevin Brown, 9.09%
John Franco, 7.14%
Tino Martinez, 5.19%
John Olerud, 5.19%
Al Leiter, 4.55%
Bret Boone, 3.90%
Juan Gonzalez, 3.90%
Marquis Grissom, 2.60%
Benito Santiago, 1.30%
Bobby Higginson, 0.65%
Charles Johnson, 0.65%
Kirk Rueter, 0.65%
Carlos Baerga, 0.00%
Raul Mondesi, 0.00%
BJ Surhoff, 0.00%

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was established in the fall of 2009 for the purpose of fostering collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  The BBA has quickly grown to its current membership of 256 blogs, including some of the most prominent blogs on the internet, spanning all major league teams and various other general aspects of the game.

More information about the BBA can be found at their website, www.baseballbloggersalliance.com, or by contacting the founder and administrator of the organization, Daniel Shoptaw, at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

This is an official press release from the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

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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.

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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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BBA – Goose Gossage Award


With the regular season over, and the playoffs heating up, its time to start with the yearly awards. The Baseball Bloggers Alliance votes for several awards. Here is a list of the awards that I will be voting on. As part of the Miscellaneous Chapter of the BBA, I will only be voting on the NL.

Connie Mack – Manager of the year
Willie Mays – Rookie of the Year
Goose Gossage – Reliever
Walter Johnson – Cy Young
Stan Musial – MVP

Today I would like to announce my votes for both the Goose Gossage Award for 2010.

Goose Gossage – Reliever of the Year for the National League
1. Brian Wilson – There were a lot of great closers this year, but Wilson had a phenomenal year as the closer for the San Francisco Giants.  With 48 saves he led the National League and added to that with a 1.81 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and 93 strikeouts in only 74.2 innings pitched. Wilson was simply unhittable and looks to continue his success this postseason.

2. Heath Bell – Bell came up short with a trip to the postseason, but he was amazing this year out of the pen for the San Diego Padres.  Bell’s stats are very comparable to our #1 pick Brian Wilson.  Bell finished the year 2nd in saves with 47, a 1.93 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and 86 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched.

3. Billy Wagner – Wagner’s last season was a great one for this all-time great.  Wagner finished the year with 37 saves, a miniscule 1.43 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and an astonishing 104 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched.  Wagner has announced his retirement from baseball and finishes his career 5th on the all-time saves list with 422.


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WASHINGTON, BLACK WIN CONNIE MACK AWARD


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WASHINGTON, BLACK WIN CONNIE MACK AWARD

Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and Bud Black of the San Diego Padres were named winners of the Connie Mack Award by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, noting them as the best managers in their respective leagues for 2010.

Washington, who weathered a drug controversy in spring training, led Texas to their fifth divisional title since 1994 and their first since 1999.  While the voting was based on his regular season accomplishments, Washington also guided his team to their first ever postseason series victory when they eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays in five games in the American League Divisional Series.

Washington received ten first place votes in route to accumulating 74 total points.  He edged out Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who received 67 points.

In the National League, Black’s guidance of a Padres team almost universally expected to finish last to first place most of the summer helped him edge Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds by the slimmest of margins. The fact that the Padres fell just short of the playoffs while the Reds won the NL Central helped lead to the tight race.  Black garnered nine first place selections and 53 total points to Baker’s seven first place nods and 51 total points.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League
Ron Washington, Texas (10) 74
Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota (7) 67
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay (4) 35
Terry Francona, Boston (3) 20
Cito Gaston, Toronto 9
Buck Showalter, Baltimore 9
Joe Girardi, New York 2

National League
Bud Black, San Diego (9) 53
Dusty Baker, Cincinnati (7) 51
Bobby Cox, Atlanta (2) 33
Bruce Bochy, San Francisco (3) 29
Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia (1) 27
Brad Mills, Houston 3
Mike Quade, Chicago 2

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 224 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.

Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their votes.

Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and tabulated on a 5-3-1 point scale for first, second and third. In the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.

American League
Camden Crazies (Baltimore)*
Boston Red Thoughts (Boston)*
Toeing The Rubber (Boston)*
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
Motor City Bengals (Detroit)
Switch Hitting Pitchers (Detroit)
One Royal Way (Kansas City)
Seth Speaks (Minnesota)
Bronx Baseball Daily (New York)*
Contract Year (Oakland)
Jeff’s Mariners Fan Blog (Seattle)
Rise of the Rays (Tampa Bay)
Baseball Is My Boyfriend (Texas)*
The Blue Jay Hunter (Toronto)
500 Level Fan (Toronto)
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*

National League
Prose and Ivy (Chicago)*
Cincinnati Reds Blog (Cincinnati)
Astros County (Houston)
Feeling Dodger Blue (Los Angeles)
Bernie’s Crew (Milwaukee)*
Brewers Bar (Milwaukee)*
The Eddie Kranepool Society (New York)*
Dugger’s Corner (Philadelphia
Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? (Pittsburgh)*
i70 Baseball (St. Louis)
The Outfield Ivy (St. Louis)
Friar Forecast (San Diego)*
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*
Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf (Miscellaneous)*

Prior Winners
2009: Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles of Anaheim; Jim Tracy, Colorado

The official website of the BBA is located at www.baseballbloggersalliance.com.  The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  Members of the BBA may be heard at Blog Talk Radio every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

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Baseball Bloggers Alliance Awards Announcement


With the regular season over, and the playoffs heating up, its time to start with the yearly awards. The Baseball Bloggers Alliance votes for several awards. Here is a list of the awards that I will be voting on. As part of the Miscellaneous Chapter of the BBA, I will only be voting on the NL.

Connie Mack – Manager of the year
Willie Mays – Rookie of the Year
Goose Gossage – Reliever
Walter Johnson – Cy Young
Stan Musial – MVP

Today I would like to announce my votes for both the Connie Mack and Willie Mays Awards for 2010.

Connie Mack – Manager of the Year for the National League
1. Dusty Baker – Bringing together the Cincinnati Reds this year was a tough task for Baker. He did an amazing job leading the underdog reds to a NL Central title winning 91 games and dethroning the St. Louis Cardinals. Baker did a fine job with a young pitching staff and some of the finest young hitters in the game. He was able to mesh the veterans with the young players and lead the team to the playoffs.

2. Bruce Bochy – Bochy did a great job leading the Giants to a NL West division title. Having trailed the Padres most of the season, his team never quit and continued to charge hard toward the title. Bochy did a great job utilizing his great young pitchers and hitters meshed with an array of “has been” hitters who were discards from other teams.

3. Charlie Manuel – Manuel led the Phillies to the best record in baseball, but it didn’t look that way for most of the season. Having to deal with injuries all year long, Manuel keep his team in the hunt for a title.

Willie Mays Award – NL Rookie of the Year
1. Buster Posey – Posey burst onto the scene in the National League this year with a great performance for the Giants. Hitting .305, with 18 home runs, and 67 RBI in 108 games, Posey clearly showed he is one of the elite catchers in the game. Add to it his ability behind the plate, and Posey is the clear choice for ROY.

2. Jason Heyward – Heyward was the early pick for ROY, but stumbled through some rookie problems. He will be a fantastic player, and had Posey not burst onto the scene he would be my choice for winner. Heyward anchored a Braves lineup that lacked power, but he provided 18 home runs, 72 RBI, and hit .277 which is very respectable for a rookie.

3. Steven Strasburg – Despite only making 12 starts and going on the DL, Strasburg showed what he can do and its dominate. His era of 2.91 and whip of 1.07 is great for a rookie. Where he really showed his dominance was his 92 strikeouts in 68 innings. Now it only remains to be seen how quick he can recover and return to the mound.

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Baseball Bloggers Alliance Announces New Award Names


Baseball Bloggers Alliance Announces New Award Names

Changes reflect appreciation for history of the game

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) recently announced the renaming of their annual postseason awards to comply with the wishes of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), thereby avoiding confusion between the two organizations.  This allowed the BBA an opportunity to recognize some of the legendary greats of the game, naming their highest honors after them.

“Earlier in the year, the BBA reached an agreement with former Yankee reliever Goose Gossage to name our newest award, recognizing the best relief pitcher in each league, after him,” said Daniel Shoptaw, founder and president of the Alliance.  “It only seemed fitting, then, that we rename the rest of our awards after other legends of the game.”

The five awards are given to a player in each league: The Connie Mack Award, given to the top manager; the Willie Mays Award, for the top rookie; the Goose Gossage award, mentioned above; the Walter Johnson Award, which would be analogous to the BBWAA’s Cy Young Award; and the Stan Musial Award, awarded to the most valuable player in each league.

According to Shoptaw, “These names are synonymous with quality, achievement, and dedication.  These names have not only stood the test of time, but have been strengthened by it.”

The schedule for the announcement of these awards is as follows:

Connie Mack Award: October 14
Willie Mays Award: October 18
Goose Gossage Award: October 21
Walter Johnson Award: October 25
Stan Musial Award: October 28

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was founded in 2009 and numbers 222 blogs covering all major league teams and various other aspects of baseball, as well as blogs and sites that are affiliated as Friends of the BBA.  The official website of the BBA is located at www.baseballbloggersalliance.com.  The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  Members of the BBA may be heard at Blog Talk Radio every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.

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