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Blogger Profiles

Profiling Batgirl

by Bill Ferris on April 4, 2006 · 5 comments

in Blogger Profiles,Mainstream Media

The Star Tribune has a very nice write up on sassy Twins junkie Batgirl.

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Blogger Profile: Jon Weisman

by Bill Ferris on December 19, 2005 · 0 comments

in Blogger Profiles,Interviews

Jon Weisman authors Dodger Thoughts for Baseball Toaster. Jon began his blog in 2002 with Blogger and Blogspot. He began posting regularly in January 2003 and eventually moved over to All-Baseball in 2004. Finally, during spring training Jon made the jump to the Toaster.

BB: When did you become a baseball fan? Who were your favorite players growing up?

JW: I first got interested in baseball at age 6 1/2, when I happened to be in front of a TV set the night Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run. I’d say I became a hardcore fan in 1977, during the Dodgers’ pennant run. I liked all the usual Dodgers from that era, but perhaps most of all Reggie Smith and Manny Mota, followed by Pedro Guerrero.

BB: Why did you start your blog?

JW: It was a combination of boredom during a transitional phase in my writing and editing career, an increasing (and critically for me, early) awareness of blogs and the possibilities they offered, and a longtime desire to express my thoughts about the Dodgers unfettered and in writing. Really, until e-mail came around, it was a lot of work to quickly share any thoughts on paper about anything with anyone, and until blogs came around, you weren’t likely to engage anyone you didn’t already know. Even though I never knew I’d end up with an audience, it was fun to pretend and write like I had one.

It’s funny – I was surfing the Internet a lot and it really felt like I had gotten to the very end. An old joke, but it rings true for me. I reached a point where I felt I had something to contribute.
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Blogger Profile: Geoff Young

by Bill Ferris on December 11, 2005 · 2 comments

in Blogger Profiles,Interviews

This week’s blogger profile talks with the author of Ducksnorts, Geoff Young. Geoff launched his DuckSnorts site, covering the San Diego Padres, in September 1997. Without doing any additional research, I’d say it would have to be amongst the oldest team fan sites. Young launched the blog portion in 2001, which again makes it one of the longest running baseball blogs. The site features what many of bloggers strive for, and that is a very interactive community with many posts receiving dozens upon dozens (and sometimes 100+) of comments.

BB: When did you become a baseball fan? Who were your favorite players growing up?

GY: The first game I attended was in 1977, at San Diego Stadium (now known as Qualcomm Stadium). The only things I remember from that game are that Gene Tenace hit two home runs and that at some point I asked my dad what “quarter” it was because we used to go to football games.

I didn’t start following baseball closely until a few years later, probably 1980 or so. Then in the mid-’80s I discovered Bill James and my interest transformed into an obsession, which is pretty much what it remains today.

As for my favorite players growing up, I grew up in Los Angeles and followed the Dodgers, so most of them will be guys that Padres fans hate. Players that stand out to me are Mike Scioscia, Orel Hershiser — they seemed like average guys, which I liked — Mike Schmidt, Robin Yount, probably some others that I’m forgetting.

I always appreciated the way Tony Gwynn played the game, even when I was rooting against his team. To this day, he remains one of my all-time favorite players.
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Blogger Profile: Seth Stohs

by Bill Ferris on December 5, 2005 · 0 comments

in Blogger Profiles,Interviews

From the Northern reaches of Minnesota, Seth Stohs blogs about the Minnesota Twins, the Vikings, and pretty much everything else that interests him. His blog, Seth Speaks, has been online since May 2003. He’s done several appearances on the Twin Cities sports talk circuit, and the friendly, conversational nature of the blog has earned him 375-450 visitors per day.

BB: When did you become a baseball fan? Did you have a favorite player, a favorite team?
SS: I have been as long as I can remember. My earliest memories are hanging out watching my dad play baseball and softball. I was playing catch with him when I was about 5. As a Minnesota boy, Kirby Puckett was my hero. His major league debut happened when I was eight, and I think it was his name that attracted me to him. I would follow his stats daily, and was so excited when he became a power hitter. I remember watching Game 7 of the 1987 World Series in the basement, by myself, because I was just too nervous to watch it with anyone! 1991 was much the same way. Game 6 was the kind of game that made Puckett more than a hero and put him into the legendary status. I was a Twins fan through the lean years in the late ’90s, rarely missing a game on TV. And it was fun again to watch the Twins become successful the last five years.

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Blogger Profile: David Pinto

by Bill Ferris on November 27, 2005 · 0 comments

in Blogger Profiles,Interviews

David Pinto is the author of the very successful blog, Baseball Musings. Baseball Musings is a general baseball blog and doesn’t cover a specific team. David provides updates from around the majors on a very regular basis – often times making more than a dozen posts a day during the season. Basically, if you want to know what’s happening in baseball, and only have time to read one blog then Baseball Musings should be your pick. In addition to the regular updates, Pinto has also created two very useful tools. One is the Day by Day Database, which allows users to look at a player’s performance over a given period of time, or compare players over a set time period. The second is an advanced defensive measure called the Probablistic Model of Range. In short, PMR controls for a handful of variables, and based on batted balls calculates how many balls a player should track down.

If you’re wondering how Pinto has time to do all this, it’s because he doesn’t have a pesky day job to get in the way. Approximately one year ago, David made blogging his profession.

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