Archive for July, 2012
CALCATERRA WINS 2012 JOE POSNANSKI AWARD
July 13, 2012–The Baseball Bloggers Alliance today named Hardball Talk lead blogger Craig Calcaterra as the winner of the 2012 Joe Posnanski Award, honoring the top internet writer of the year. Besides being the lead voice at Hardball Talk, the baseball blog of NBCSports, Calcaterra can also be found interacting with his readers via his Twitter account.
The Writer of the Year Award was created by the BBA to honor those writers who, beyond being exceptionally great at their craft, have taken to the internet in a full and vigorous fashion. Voters were instructed to take into account not only the writing abilities of the nominees but also their online presense, whether via blog or other media, as well as how they interact with their followers and fans.
“It seems only appropriate to honor Craig Calcaterra, as he could be seen as ‘living the dream’ for many bloggers,” said outgoing BBA president Daniel Shoptaw. “Calcaterra quit lawyering, began blogging and quickly rose to a place of prominence. What blogger wouldn’t want to follow in those footsteps?”
Voters were allowed to vote for three of the five nominees, casting a first, second and third place ballot. Those ballots were tabulated based on a 5-3-1 point scale.
Calcaterra received 276 points, which included 32 first-place votes from the 119 ballots cast. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was runner-up with 245 points and Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus third with 209 points. Dave Cameron of FanGraphs (208) and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (194) rounded out the ballot.
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. You can follow the BBA on Facebook and Twitter or contact them at email@example.com
BASEBALL BLOGGERS ALLIANCE SELECTS NEW PRESIDENT
Bill Ivie replaces founder in top slot
July 13, 2012–The Baseball Bloggers Alliance, the top organization of baseball bloggers, today announced that after a polling of the membership, Bill Ivie would replace Daniel Shoptaw as the president of the group.
Ivie, who writes at I70 Baseball and Full Spectrum Baseball, is no stranger to large groups, having been an assignment editor at Baseball Digest in the past, as well as an active member of the United Cardinal Bloggers. Ivie also is the organizer of Ivie League Productions, under which label the BBA has its weekly show, BBA Baseball Talk featuring David Mitchell. Ivie’s voice can be heard weekly on Gateway To Baseball Heaven, as part of the Seamheads Podcasting Network.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to accept this position. Daniel Shoptaw has done an amazing job cultivating this group and I look forward to working with everyone involved to help the organization grow and move forward consistently.”
Shoptaw was the founder of the BBA, starting the group in the fall of 2009 and watching it grow to hundreds of members. Born out of a couple of personal projects, the Alliance quickly expanded to cover every MLB team and also included blogs with more of a general baseball approach or those that covered a specific aspect of the game, such as fantasy baseball or minor league baseball.
For his part, Shoptaw still plans to be involved with the organization but will focus more of his time on other projects, such as his blog C70 At The Bat and its related podcast Conversations With C70, his leadership of the United Cardinal Bloggers, and his weekly appearances on Gateway To Baseball Heaven.
Shoptaw stated, “It was time to move on. I appreciate all the members of the BBA and what they have done to strengthen this organization. It truly is a world-class collection of talent and I’m proud to know all of them. I’ve known Bill for a long time and I know that he will provide extreme amounts of energy and leadership in this role. I look forward to seeing what the next few years hold for the Alliance!”