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The older I get, the faster time seems to move. That’s certainly been the case with this blog, as time has truly flown by over its history. With today being January 20, 2016, I’ve officially been blogging for five full years, which equates to roughly a fourth of my life. Never in a million years did I think I would be blogging for this long.
With this being such a landmark date, I figured I would use it to recap some of the highlights of the history of this blog (a walk down blogging memory lane, if you will). I’ll cover every year of existence, but focus primarily on just the past year of writing.
Year one of this blog was fairly rough, if I may be so blunt. My writing was subpar to say the least, and I was merely writing about random things that had little to do with what was going on around the baseball world at the time. But I feel that year was simply a launching pad for what would become a true outlet for my baseball opinions.
In 2012, the first major experience to come out of this blog occured. In July of that year, I received an all-expense paid trip from State Farm to the 2012 MLB Home Run Derby in Kansas City with my grandpa. It was a fantastic time, and will likely be the best thing to ever come out of my time blogging.
The following year, I feel my writing took off in terms of quality. That was the first year I began to focus on conducting thought out interviews with various players from around baseball, as well as the year that my writing as a whole truly improved. While things still aren’t perfect, I feel that my writing has grown tremendously over the course of this blog.
2014 saw me attending the Triple-A Home Run Derby and All-Star game as the highlights of the year, but it was also a good year as a whole. There were a tons of amazing things that occurred around the baseball world, making it a terrific year of blogging — and the one in which I received the most total views. But this past year was a great year as well, and is the time frame that I’ll focus on more specifically.
Back in April, I was lucky enough to be able to attend an exhibition game in Greensboro, NC, between the Grasshoppers and the Miami Marlins. While things didn’t go as planned autograph wise, I was still able to see Giancarlo Stanton hit some absolute bombs during batting practice in person as well as Ichiro Suzuki for what may wind up being the last time. So it was an enjoyable experience, nonetheless.
Once again this past season, I spent dozens of hours out at local minor league ballparks racking up autographs from some of the game’s best up and coming stars. As I’ve done for the past three years, I recapped it all in a post where I discussed each game in detail. That’s always one of the posts that I have the most fun putting together.
Other posts that stand out in my mind from the 2015 baseball and blogging season were the posts I wrote on David Ortiz hitting his 500th homer, Bryce Harper breaking out into a true superstar, and the posts I wrote on the Cubs finally making a playoff push. All signs point towards me having a lot more to write about them all in 2016.
It remains to be seen whether or not I’ll still be blogging long enough to post a six year blogging anniversary post a year from today, but I’m not completely ruling it out. As I’ve stated, I wasn’t even planning on keeping my blog into the new year, but I changed my mind about that. Who knows where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing a full year from now. All I know is that I’m here for this season and I’m going to try to make it a fantastic year of blogging. I hope you all will continue to come along for the ride as you have for the past 1,286 days.
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We still have a few days over a month until pitchers and catchers are set to report to Spring Training on February 18th, but baseball fever is slowly beginning to take hold. While it seems like just yesterday that the Royals shocked the Mets to win the World Series in game five, the fact is that baseball is truly just around the corner.
For that reason, I felt it would be a good time to go over the things that I’ll be blogging about between now and Spring Training.
For starters, on January 20th I’ll be publishing a five-year anniversary post recapping some of the high points of this blog since I began writing it. There will certainly be a lot to go over, as a lot has happened even over just the past year. Then, at some point during the final week of the month, I’m planning to post an interview with Giants’ flame-throwing prospect, Ray Black, as well as a post on the top 100 prospects heading into 2016 when that list is officially produced on MLB.com towards the end of the month.
When February rolls around, there isn’t really anything other than an interview or two and a post on general Spring Training news that I’m planning to blog about. Other than that, everything is up in the air. It’ll all depend on what happens and how significant of baseball news it is.
But while my blogging schedule begins to become uncertain as Spring Training approaches, there’s one thing that’s absolutely certain: Pitchers and Catchers report in just over 30 days. That’s plenty to be excited about.
It seems like just yesterday that I posted my first blog post of 2015 way back in January, however, the month of December is truly only a few short days away. But just because the year is winding down doesn’t mean my blogging is.
While the month of December is never an exceedingly busy blogging month, there are some things I’m planning to write about.
The MLB Winter Meetings are quickly approaching, set to take place from December 6th to the 10th in Nashville, Tennessee. With some of the biggest offseason transactions usually taking place during those meetings, there is sure to be a ton to write about as teams begin reshaping their teams into what they hope will be 2016 contenders.
Following that, at some point (the date hasn’t been announced), the GIBBY Awards (Greatness In Baseball Yearly) are due to be announced, though I haven’t seen anything about that yet. That seems rather odd, with there usually being something about it written several weeks in advance. But as far as I know, the awards are still being handed out. If so, I’ll be sure to post something about it.
Most of December, I’ll just be writing about what seems relevant at the particular point in time, but the one thing I know I’ll be doing, other than what I previously mentioned, is interviews. I posted my first 2015 offseason interview last weekend, but there are two more already complete, with there to be more in the works, theoretically. Those two interviews will likely be posted this coming month.
Other than that, everything is up in the air. You’ll just have to check back to see what I decide to write about.
We’re less than a week removed from the 2015 World Series, but offseason moves are already taking place. On Thursday, news broke that the Rays and Mariners had completed a six-player trade that sent Nathan Karns, C.J. Riefenhauser and Boog Powell (not THAT Boog Powell) to Seattle in exchange for Brad Miller, Logan Morrison and Danny Farquhar. Overall, it appears to be a good trade for both sides.
But while there are sure to be dozens of deals made throughout the upcoming offseason, that’s not what this blog post is for.
In this post, I’m going to give a very brief overview of the upcoming MLB awards schedule, which are going to begin being announced on Monday night with the 2015 Players’ Choice Awards at eight on MLB Network. I’m going to be covering the winners of those in a post following the announcement, with my thoughts on each winner.
The very next night, the BBWAA award finalists for Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and MVP are going to be announced (on MLB Network), in addition to the Gold Glove Award winners (on ESPN). Again, I’ll be sure to typed up a little something about those, as with every other award that gets announced.
Following the Silver Slugger Award winners on the 12th, the most important BBWAA award winners are set to be revealed on consecutive nights throughout the next week. Beginning with Rookies of the Year on Monday the 16th, followed by the Cy Young Awards on Tuesday, Managers of the Year on Wednesday (I won’t be writing about those), and ending with the coveted MVP awards on Thursday the 19th, it’s sure to be interesting to see if they all match up with my predictions I made for each winner.
So, there you have it — an overview of the upcoming MLB Awards. With so much talent this year in baseball, it’s sure to make for a good crop of winners from each and every category of awards throughout the coming two weeks.
Things are going to be picking up fairly soon, both around baseball and subsequently with this blog.
Although we’re a couple of weeks away from September, I wanted to go over a rough outline of what I’m planning to write about next month.
On the first day of the month, I’ll be publishing an update of the latest MLB leaders like I have all season long. Following that, I’ll be posting a recap of the baseball games I attended in 2015, and the autographs I got at them. I have enjoyed writing about that the past two seasons, and it’s always interesting to look back at. It’s that post that signifies the end of my 2015 minor league baseball season.
But the MLB season will just be heating up. Towards the end of the month, when the playoff picture has become clear (assuming there are no tiebreaker scenarios), I’ll post my predictions for how teams will fare in the postseason. Usually, I’m extremely far off, but I’ll give it my best shot once again.
Other than that, I’ll just be writing about random news around baseball like always. It should make for an exciting month of writing.
Throughout the history of this blog, July has been one of my busiest writing months.
With the All-Star break and all the surrounding activities to blog about, as well as the other various news stories, the coming month will likely once again be one filled with entries. As always, I wanted to give a brief overview of what to expect.
Like I have for the past few years, on July 1st I’m going to post a blog entry on the latest leaders in various categories around Major League Baseball. Then, following a blogging break of around 12 days due to a mission trip I’m going on to Montana, during which I won’t be blogging at all, I’ll be back at blogging full force.
Following my return, my first post will be either on my thoughts on who made the All-Star teams or which players were selected to participate in the home run derby. It all depends on when both are announced. I’ll then publish an entry on the players I feel are the frontrunners for each major award at the All-Star break.
So, all in all, it should be a busy, but fun, month of blogging.
We’re already nearly half way through the baseball (and blogging) season, and therefore are getting into the final month or so leading up to the All-Star break. I already blogged about who I voted for in my last blog post, and in this post I’ll briefly go over what I plan to write about over the next few weeks.
Nothing is planned out for the rest of the month, but things pick up in June.
On the first day of the June, I’m going to type up a latest leaders post like I do on the first day of every month of the season. That’s always interesting, as a lot of players lead categories I never could’ve expected. I truly learn a lot when I go about forming those lists.
After that, the MLB draft is set to take place on June 8th, and I’m going to be giving my thoughts on the draft once again. I’m looking forward to seeing which players are taken in the first round, which is the round I’m going to be writing about. Odds are, those are the players that will make the biggest impact at the big league level.
Following the draft post, I’ll probably do a post about who I’d like to see in the home run derby, but I don’t have a whole lot planned for June. That will change, however, when July rolls around. With the home run derby and All-Star game taking place in July, I’ll have a lot to write about. I’m looking forward to that.
The offseason between the 2014 and 2015 Major League Baseball seasons truly flew by. Four months after the Giants won their third World Series title in five years, official Spring Training games leading up to the 2015 regular season are set to begin on Tuesday, March 3rd. I’m very ready for baseball to get going again.
With the coming Spring Training games comes a guarantee that there will be a lot of blogging topics to choose from, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t already predetermined certain things I plan to write about. That’s what I’ll be briefly covering in this blog post.
Sometime during the first week of the new month, I’ll be posting a blog entry with a poll for each of the six individual divisions around Major League Baseball asking you the reader to make your predictions for which teams you feel are most likely to win each division. Surprisingly, the fans have done a decent job picking the actual division winners in the polls from years past, so it should be interesting to see how they project the 2015 season playing out.
I’ll also be making my own predictions for the American League divisions as well as the National League divisions a week or two afterwards, trying my hand at placing each team exactly where they’ll rank at the end of 2015. Will I be exactly right? No, probably not even close. But that’s what makes it so fun.
After that, I’m going to publish my annual list of players who will likely reach major home run milestones (100,200, 300, etc.) during the 2015 season. This year the list is full of some great players going for some impressive numbers. It really shocked me, and I’m sure it will amaze some of you as well when I publish the list.
Towards the end of March, I’m hoping to publish a blog post recapping the autographs I’ve received back from Spring Training at that point. If you recall my previous blog post, I have sent — and have a few more I plan to send — through the mail autograph requests to various players at their given camp. Hopefully, I’ll have some great successes like I did last year.
Other than that, I’ll just be writing about things as they happen. There’s now just one full month left of blogging until the most exciting part of the baseball blogging year: The 2015 regular season.
The calendar may read January, but for baseball fans it basically stands as a reminder that Spring Training is right around the corner. The annual February event of pitchers and catchers reporting to camp is just over three weeks away, with the first official Spring Training games set to be played in around five weeks.
But, as mentioned, there are still a few weeks to go before the baseball workouts heading into the 2015 regular season begin. And thus, there is still a lot to get through before that happens — and that includes posts on this blog.
Although I’ve had some trouble coming up with things to write about over the past couple of weeks — something that regularly happens each MLB offseason — things should begin picking up fairly soon.
Beginning with my very next post coming this weekend, I’m going to be publishing my annual recap of the top 100 prospects list, which is set to be released on Friday night. With several of those players likely making it all the way to the big leagues in 2015, it should be interesting to see who is a part of the top 100.
Following that, once February arrives, I’ll begin to have more and more to write about, and will do my best to post blog entries more and more often throughout the remainder of the year. With all but a handful of teams holding a legitimate shot at making it to the postseason, there could turn out to be a lot to write about.
Back on January 1st of this year, when I posted my blogging New Year’s Resolutions/Goals, I stated that I was going to attempt to blog at least once every four days in 2014. I tried doing so in 2013, and with the exception of the month long vacation I took, I was able to accomplish that goal. But this year, I took it a step further, and successfully blogged at least once every four days, achieving that goal along with every other blogging goal I set.
After such a successful year of blogging, this will be my final post until 2015 rolls around. It’s Christmas time, and therefore I don’t want to spend it working multiple hours on putting any blog posts together. I’ll save that for January. Meaning, if any major baseball news stories break, no matter how big they are, I won’t be writing about it. At least not until 2015.
My first post of the new year will be my blogging resolutions/goals for 2015, followed by my Hall of Fame ballot a few days after. Then I’ll take the time to recap the elected members after they’re announced, and write a four year blog anniversary post on the 20th. Along the way I’ll hopefully post an interview or two, in addition to providing my thoughts from time to time on the latest baseball news. After that, heading into February, things are up in the air.
Lastly, I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who’s read my blog throughout the past year, and throughout its nearly four year existence. Whether you’re a regular or just check in from time to time, if it weren’t for you all I’d have no reason to blog. So thank you. I’m going to do my best to make 2015 the best year yet — even better than 2014, if that’s possible — and hopefully you will all continue to come back every so often to read what I have to say.
Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a Happy New Year.
I’ll be back in 2015.