I forget how I stumbled across it, but it’s a solid lot of posts from a guy who has been all over globe watching baseball; including a lot of the classic parks out there. Check out Mets Guy in Michigan sometime, and check out posts like this one about 20 year old Ken Griffey Jr. before the final game at Old Comiskey. Or this one about the time he SNUCK INTO THE FREAKING ASTRODOME! Can you imagine?
And then there’s his post on Old Tiger Stadium, with pics of Rock Raines and The Big Hurt Frank Thomas.
It’s structured a lot like this blog with some baseball storytelling and written by someone who clearly loves the game. Good enough for us!
Our long national nightmare appears to be over.
MLB.com is partnering with YouTube, ending a struggle that seems to have been around as long as the internet has existed. What this means is you’ll be able to view highlights from MLB games on YouTube rather than needing to wade through those choppy MLB.com highlights that never really worked correctly when you tried to add it to a blog or website.
For die-hard fans of the game, this is huge news.
This MLB.com YouTube channel will include highlight clips from every MLB game in 2013 as well as thousands of hours from MLBAM’s archives. In-season highlights will be available approximately two days after the respective games have been completed. Videos from MLB.com’s Baseball’s Best Moments library also will be included. MLBAM also will live stream two live games daily during the regular season, available for free and accessible exclusively outside of its core live video distribution territories: North America,Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
And here’s the official MLB.com YouTube Channel, which should be getting more lively any day now. Kudos to baseball for finally getting out of the stone age and bucking traditional internet media.
Over at the NLB, Dave is cranking out some great material thus far. Today, a post dropped that is a sign of things to come.
Dave sat down with Drew Sutton; former Cincinnati Red and current Boston Red Sox player. I still remember the night that Sutton hit the grand slam home run he speaks of in the interview. Here are some highlights:
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about Drew Sutton?
I have insecurities just as much as a high school or college player does which people wouldn’t think cause I’ve made it to the big leagues. All guys have insecurities, we just hide it well. There are days when I go into the cage before the game and feel horrible and think to myself “Oh man, it’s gonna be a long day.” You just have to go into the game with whatever swing you have and make the most of it.
The trick is to not have your confidence be based on how you’re playing, but based on knowing how you can play.
What’s the best advice you’ve heard on hitting a curveball?
Dusty Baker was my manager with the Reds and he said that when he was coming up to the big leagues he couldn’t figure out how to hit a curveball. One day he was watching ESPN and Rod Carew talking about hitting a curveball. Carew said that when you hit a curveball, you have to hit it with an imagination. You can’t hit a curveball where you see it, you have to hit it where it’s going. After Dusty heard that, he started hitting breaking balls a lot better.
Way to bring it strong, Dave. I love the answer Sutton gives about Dusty Baker describing how he learned to hit a curveball. I’ve never heard it described that way (then again, I’ve never had Major League instruction either) but if you think about it, that’s what it’s like.
Dave is down in Florida for Spring Training as we speak. Check out Next Level Ballplayer for more of the same in-depth stuff. Or give him a follow on twitter.
There’s never really been a blog that I’ve come across in all my years of searching the interwebs that taught young and aspiring ballplayers how to actually be ballplayers. Until now. And leave it to one of the greatest teammates I’ve ever had to be the guy to think of the great idea to develop a blog that would educate a young player on everything he needs to know to do just that.
My friend Dave has launched NextLevelBallplayer.com, so please check it out if you haven’t yet. Dave played major Division I baseball at Miami of Ohio with some really big time guys. I played with him from the time we were kids until our last high school game. He was a lot of fun to go through the trenches with.
I spent what seems like dozens upon dozens of games watching him make jaw-dropping plays at shortstop when I was out in left field. There was more than a few times I think he actually bailed me out with a play in short left field (thanks Dave). Beyond his athleticism, he was always an excellent example of a guy who took great care of himself and showed up ready to play. He prepared extremely well, he loved and understood the game, and he was successful at it. This isn’t a guy who hit 10 home runs in little league writing about how to play the game the right way. This is someone who I deeply respect–as well as his knowledge of the game and surrounding aspects.
Recently we were talking about how the game of baseball had given us both such wonderful things to look back on in the way of relationships and stories.
After not talking for some time, I missed a call from him last week. After a little phone tag I got a text back from him: ‘sorry I was throwing BP to Ben Zobrist, my arm feels like it’s going to fall off.’ We had some catching up to do. He had some great stories for me about his buddy ‘Zobie’ as he calls him, as well as his friendship with Dodgers GM Ned Colletti. Reds fans, he’s also buds with former Red Drew Sutton.
Dave is spending the week next week in Florida at Spring Training with Ben Zobrist and the Devil Rays among some other teams. Since we are not lucky enough to be joining him, he’s going to write some posts on Diamond Hoggers about the sites and surroundings in the beautiful Florida sun. This will be great.
Check out his site, or give him a follow on twitter. If I had a son, he would love baseball. And he would be bookmarking Next Level Ballplayer.
Yesterday was Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) Day. And with that, we present to you an interview with the head of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance Chapter, Daniel Shoptaw.
Daniel’s (and many, many others) hard work is responsible for bringing together 230 of the best Major League Baseball blogs on the internet. The chapter really is a network of baseball fans who help eachother out in various ways and communicate often through a series of e-mail chains. The strength of the chapter benefits every member.
I just recently completed my BBA Hall of Fame ballot, which is just one of many neat things that we baseball bloggers ‘get together’ and do as a chapter. We also voted on the postseason awards.
Most recently, a chapter member provided us with a free iPhone app that links each of the blogs that are part of the BBA. Celebrate BBA day with a trip to the website. You’ll definitely find something that you like.