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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 today named writer Joe Posnanski the winner of the inaugural Writer of the Year Award, honoring the top internet writer. Posnanski, who writes for the print version of Sports Illustrated as well as maintaining his own blog and Twitter account, was the overwhelming selection from the BBA membership.
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.
“After a week where the ugly side of writing was put on display on two different occasions (from T.J. Simers and Murray Chass), it is an honor for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance to honor one of the great writers of the day. Joe Posnanski is a treasure to anyone that spends time online. Whether from reading his great blog entries or following his Twitter account, rarely a day goes by without a follower finding a gem,” stated Daniel Shoptaw, founder and president of the Alliance.
Voters were allowed to vote for three of the fifteen nominees, casting a first, second and third place ballot. Those ballots were tabulated based on a 5-3-1 point scale.
Posnanski received 218 points, including 35 first place votes from the 110 ballots cast. Rob Neyer, formerly of ESPN and now at SB Nation, was second with twelve first place selections and 136 points overall. Rounding out the top three was former Boston Globe writer Peter Gammons, now working at MLB Network and MLB.com, with 134 total points and 20 first place votes. ESPN writer Buster Olney and Hardball Talk blogger Craig Calcaterra were the only other nominees to tabulate ten percent of the total vote.
The BBA is planning to honor the inaugural winner by changing the name of the award next year to the Joe Posnanski Award to fit their existing award naming scheme. The Alliance votes on postseason awards including the Willie Mays Award for top rookie in each league, the Connie Mack Award for top manager, the Goose Gossage Award for top reliever, the Walter Johnson Award for top pitcher, and the Stan Musial Award for top player.
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 275 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.
The official website for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance is baseballbloggersalliance.wordpress.com. They may also be followed on Twitter with their account @baseballblogs and hashmark #BBBA. The BBA also has an app at both the Apple App Store and the Android Marketplace.
Welcome! Right now, this is the home of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, as we continue to work toward resolving issues with our hosting company over our domain.
What is the BBA? It is a collection of bloggers from across the country, organized in a similar fashion as the Baseball Writers of America. We collaborate on projects, use our contacts to increase our knowledge of the game, follow each other on Twitter, and just generally enjoy talking and writing baseball.
The BBA also issues awards on a quarterly basis. The first quarter, we issue our recommendation on who should be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Starting this March, in the second quarter will will issue our Ring Lardner Award, given to a baseball writer with a significant internet presence.
In July, the BBA will release its All-Star team and in October, postseason awards are voted on. In the first two years of this organization, the BBA has agreed with the writers on 14 of the 16 awards.
The membership blogs will be listed here soon as well as any press release for the organization. If you are interested in joining the BBA, send an email with your blog link to firstname.lastname@example.org.