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Five More Added To BBA

Please welcome our newest BBA members.  We look forward to working with them in the future!  (Chapters in parenthesis)

Scott, Ghost of Ray Kroc (San Diego)
Jerry, Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ (General)
Doug, Baseball Geek In Galveston (St. Louis)
Wayne, The Diamond Nine (General)
Pat, Patrick Mullin Training (Other)

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Eight Added To The Baseball Bloggers Alliance

Please welcome our newest BBA members.  We look forward to working with them in the future!  (Chapters in parenthesis)

Stephen, Southside Showdown (Chicago AL)
Nicholas, Bronx Pinstripes (New York AL)
Ed, Foul Ballz (General)
Robin, Baseball Card Blog (Miscellaneous)
Luis, Taking Back Baseball (General)
Tyler, Tyler’s Think Tank (General)
Wade, Every 5th Day (General)
Joe, Venom Strikes (Arizona)

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Three Make Hall of Fame Cut In Baseball Bloggers Alliance Voting

Maddux, Thomas, Glavine Recommended by Blogger Organization for Cooperstown

December 30, 2013: The Baseball Bloggers Alliance today recommends three players from the official Hall of Fame ballot to be inducted into Cooperstown this summer. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, most closely associated with the Atlanta Braves, and long-time Chicago White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Frank Thomas reached the 75% threshold when BBA members cast their ballots.

Maddux, a four-time Cy Young Award winner for the Braves, pitched from 1986 to 2008 and won 355 games while posting a 3.16 ERA and striking out over 3,300 batters. He had a career WHIP of 1.143 in just over 5,000 innings and an ERA+ of 132 over that span. His best season was 1995, when he fashioned a 19-2 record with a 1.63 ERA, good for a bWAR of 9.7 that year.

Thomas played from 1990 to 2008, all but the last three season on the south side of Chicago. He has a career slash line of .301/.419/.555 and fashioned an OPS+ of 156 during his playing days. He put up his highest single-season bWAR in 1997, when his 1.067 OPS and 35 home runs played a large role in his mark of 7.3.

Glavine’s career spanned roughly the same time frame as Maddux’s, with Glavine starting in 1987. He won the Cy Young in 1991 and 1998 and finished runner-up two other times. His career ERA was 3.54 and he won 305 games during his tenure with the Braves and the New York Mets. Glavine had a 1.314 WHIP for his career and an ERA+ of 118.

The voting of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance has often been close to what the baseball writers eventually decide, though the correlation is stronger with the year-end awards. A quick look at the past few years:

In 2010, no player reached the 75% mark in BBA voting, while the writers inducted only Andre Dawson.

In 2011, the BBA selected Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven and both were inducted into Cooperstown that summer.

In 2012, Barry Larkin and Jeff Bagwell were selected by the BBA, but the writers only took Larkin.

Last year, the bloggers again picked Bagwell, while the writers could not agree on anyone to honor.

Bagwell lost support in this year’s voting, coming up roughly 10% shy of recommendation. The final vote totals are as follows:

Greg Maddux 94.51%
Frank Thomas 80.22%
Tom Glavine 75.82%
Mike Piazza 72.53%
Craig Biggio 70.33%
Jeff Bagwell 64.84%
Barry Bonds 60.44%
Roger Clemens 59.34%
Tim Raines 54.95%
Edgar Martinez 41.76%
Curt Schilling 39.56%
Mike Mussina 32.97%
Alan Trammell 30.77%
Jack Morris 25.27%
Mark McGwire 21.98%
Larry Walker 17.58%
Jeff Kent 15.38%
Lee Smith 14.29%
Don Mattingly 9.89%
Fred McGriff 8.79%
Rafael Palmeiro 7.69%
Sammy Sosa 4.40%
Moises Alou 3.30%
Eric Gagne 2.20%
Luis Gonzalez 2.20%
Sean Casey 1.10%
Kenny Rogers 1.10%
Richie Sexson 1.10%
J.T. Snow 1.10%
Armando Benitez 0.00%
Ray Durham 0.00%
Jacque Jones 0.00%
Todd Jones 0.00%
Paul Lo Duca 0.00%
Hideo Nomo 0.00%
Mike Timlin 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 currently has approximately 240 blogs in its membership, 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,, or by contacting the founder and administrator of the organization, Daniel Shoptaw, at


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

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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!”

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance can be found on Facebook, on Twitter, or can be reached via email at


Catching Up With New Members

The membership requests continue to overwhelm the BBA staff.  Here are some of the newest ones that have been processed:

–Justin follows the Padres with the FanSided blog Chicken Friars.

–Billing their site as a “collision between baseball and pop culture,” check out Geoffrey at our new General Chapter site, Pop Fly Boys.

–You can keep an eye on the Astros’ minor league system by reading Jayne’s blog, What The Heck, Bobby?

–Another new General Chapter site is Baseblog, written by Justin with a specific eye on the NL Central.

–Corey is a journalist by trade but also writes a Cardinals blog called Balls & Strikes.

–Yet another General Chapter member, this time Jeremy writing about baseball at The Wolf’s Den.

–Craig writes from the Bay Area, covering the team in orange in black at THE San Francisco Giants Blog.

–Heading up north, Gideon can be found monitoring the Toronto squad at Blue Jays Plus.

There are still more new members to come, so keep watching!

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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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