Archive for January, 2012

Continuing To Add Members

The welcomes that started yesterday continue on this afternoon!

–Loic bring his Major Baseball to the General Baseball Chapter of the organization and in doing so becomes the third foreign-language blog on the rolls.

–There’s always something baking at Aaron’s Tasty Baseball Blog and Aaron brings his goods into our General Baseball Chapter.

–The General Baseball Chapter has to add on a new wing for all their new members!  Also joining up is Niklas and Niktig’s Baseball Blog.

–Keeping an eye on the up-and-comers is the job of the new Other Baseball blog, Minoring In Baseball.

–Jeff writes up the Mets and their players over at Metsrospectus.

–Check out Clave and Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks if you are needing some help preparing for your league this year.

–Kyle keeps up with baseball cards at his Miscellaneous Chapter blog, Jabo’s Baseball Card Blog

–Out on the West Coast, Trevor follows all things orange and black at The Giants Baseball Blog.

–Dizzy and Curley bring you Crum-Bum Beat, yet another General Baseball Chapter member.

–Steve has a look at a specific card set in his Miscellaneous Chapter blog, The Greatest 21 Days.

–The other squad in New York gains a new BBA member as well with Rasheeda writing at Bomber Boulevard.

–Andrew helps keep your baseball history knowledge spruced up at his aptly-named blog The Baseball Historian.

–Finally (for now), another Other Baseball blog that focuses on disbanded minor league teams.  Check out Andy’s work at Fun While It Lasted!

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Some Fresh Blood For The BBA

Over the last few months, a slew of applications to join the Baseball Bloggers Alliance have come in.  Slowly but surely, we are processing them all and getting them set up as full members of this great group.  So welcome some of our new members:

–Corey writes about the independent Long Island Ducks for his LI Ducks Blog and will fit in well in the Other Baseball Chapter.

–Stevo is a new addition to the General Baseball Chapter with his blog wonderfully entitled The Baseball Enthusiast.

More on the way!

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BBA Recommends Larkin, Bagwell For Hall Of Fame

In the annual polling of members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin and former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell were recommended for induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  This is the third year the organization has conducted this survey of the membership.

Larkin, a 12-time All-Star who fashioned an .815 OPS over 19 seasons, received the largest percentage of votes, being named on 84.25% of the 148 ballots cast.  This is the highest percentage garnered by any player in the three years of BBA voting.

Bagwell, who hit 449 HR and had a .948 OPS in his 15 seasons in Houston, was selected on 115 ballots for a 78.77% rate.  As with the official voting done by the Baseball Writers of America, a player must be named on 75% of the ballots to be recommended by the alliance.

Last year, the BBA recommended second baseman Roberto Alomar and pitcher Bert Blyleven, both of whom were inducted into Cooperstown during the summer.  In 2010, no player reached the 75% mark in BBA balloting, the year that outfielder Andre Dawson was selected for the Hall by the baseball writers.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s vote has no impact on the official vote taken by the Baseball Writers of America.  However, the BBA has often been a predictor of major awards granted by the writers.

The final voting results are as follows:

Barry Larkin 84.25%
Jeff Bagwell 78.77%

Edgar Martinez 60.27%
Tim Raines 57.53%
Alan Trammell 44.52%
Mark McGwire 41.10%
Larry Walker 35.62%
Lee Smith 33.56%
Jack Morris 32.19%
Don Mattingly 29.45%
Rafael Palmerio 28.77%
Fred McGriff 28.08%
Dale Murphy 16.44%
Bernie Williams 11.64%
Juan Gonzalez 6.16%
Javy Lopez 2.74%
Brad Radke 2.05%
Tim Salmon 1.37%
Bill Mueller 0.68%
Phil Nevin 0.68%
Ruben Sierra 0.68%
Tony Womack 0.68%
Jeromy Burnitz 0.00%
Vinny Castilla 0.00%
Brian Jordan 0.00%
Terry Mulholland 0.00%
Eric Young 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 347 blogs, including some of the most prominent blogs on the Internet, spanning all major league teams and various other general aspects of the game.

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