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Strike Two and Low Post

by Bill Ferris on March 21, 2006 · 4 comments

in Blog News,Blogging Tools

I just came across two very intriguing sites and The sites are the equivalent of memeorandum but for baseball and basketball respectively. I’m very excited for these sites, as they appear to fill a definite void in the sports blog world.
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Out of retirement

by Bill Ferris on March 20, 2006 · 0 comments

in Blog News

It appears that a certain Geek is making a return…

John Bonnes appears to be back to blogging after shutting down Twins Geek last fall.


Ultimate Baseball Blog Roll

by Bill Ferris on March 20, 2006 · 0 comments

in Blog News

Armchair GM is working on building a comprehensive listing of baseball blogs. You can view the listing, or add your own blog at ArmchairGM – Baseball Blog Taxonomy


Matthew Cerrone of Mets Blog is looking for help writing for a general baseball blog. Oh yeah – it pays!

BlogMedia will pay you 50 percent of the first $150 in monthly ad revenue from the site, plus money from a bonus structure based on additional ad revenue…

Application instructions can be found here


With the passing of Kirby Puckett and the Barry Bonds story, the value of ArmchairGM has quickly become evident, there is now one place to track the bulk of the commentary on a given topic. There is a page dedicated to the blogosphere’s tributes to Puckett. I envision a similar page dedicated to the Bonds steroid story as well. While the Bonds story is already listed on the site, I’d imagine the next step would be to gather all the commentary being posted on the web into an easily findable location.

On a related note, I think it would be great if ArmchairGM created a Firefox extension allowing people to easily to post stories (like a BlogThis or Add to

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Armchair GM

by Bill Ferris on March 6, 2006 · 0 comments

in Blog Launch,Blog News

A new site launched today, that frankly is a little hard to describe. Armchair GM is self described as

We are a fan-based sports community built on a customized MediaWiki (Wikipedia) engine that combines blogs, news, and voting, with the power of a sports-wiki.

The site aims to put sports information, of many varieties, in the hands of the fans. The readers to the site are the contributors. They post the stories, they leave the comments, they elect which stories bubble to the top, and they write they build the sports-wiki. This could be the ultimate in sports information aggregation, but only if the users contribute.

I’m not sure how many opinion pieces will be written. It seems that if people wanted to have their own blogs, and werer savy enough to make the entries, they would already be blogging in one form or another.

What I like most about the site is the Digg like voting system. It is also the part that could be the biggest boon to traffic for existing bloggers. It may be a chance to get additional exposure, and hits, to a blog if a story gets picked up and reviewed favorably. As a blogger, I don’t know what the etiquette would be for posting one’s own stories. Like everything else on the site, it will be left up to the community. My only quibble with the section is that I think the links to the sources should be more prominent – like near the vote total by the title.

Another benefit to bloggers is that it could prove to be another source of information, or inspiration. RSS feeds are available for many sections of the site, so it is possible to subscribe to a feed from a particular team.

This is certainly an ambitious project, and it could change the way we gather sports information.
wiki, digg


Duck Snorts moves

by Bill Ferris on March 6, 2006 · 0 comments

in Blog Networks,Blog News

Geoff Young, the long time proprietor of the popular Duck Snorts blog, has left All-Baseball. He has set up shop at


Long live the Pinto

by Bill Ferris on March 1, 2006 · 0 comments

in Blog News,Making Money

David Pinto at Baseball Musings is conducting his second annual pledge drive. David, as many of you know, blogs for a living. This is his income. With Baseball Musings you get much more than a simple blog though. David provides tools and data such as PMR and the Day by Day Database. He offers this data for free, even though it costs him money.

David has been a friend to many in the baseball blog-o-sphere with his willingness to link out. Many of us have received a boost in traffic from a Baseball Musings link. Not to mention all the new posts that we’re able to generate thanks to Musings inspired content. He’s asking for one dollar from every visitor. However, if you’re a baseball blogger I’d hope you consider digging a little deeper for one your own.

Please help David out, and keep Baseball Musings going.


Graphing Down & Distance

by Bill Ferris on February 19, 2006 · 0 comments

in Blog News

It’s not uncommon for baseball blogs to get their geek on, but it isn’t quite as common with college football blogs. That is what is so neat about these graphs that are available at MGoBlog. The author has a database of pretty much every play in college football, and he’s made graphs available for typical third down conversion percentages based on distance.

This should prove to be a great time waster for college football junkies, and the graphical displays would make Studes proud.


Blogging Baseball Cards

by Bill Ferris on February 14, 2006 · 1 comment

in Blog News

The Baseball Card Blog is a new-ish site that writes extensively about baseball cards. Now this isn’t current breaking card news, but more a look at baseball history through some of the authors favorite cards. The site is an interesting read that evokes some fond memories for me from those days ripping through wax packs in the mid 80′s.
baseball cards

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