Monday, October 31, 2011

Nathan may look to Mets in free agency

When the San Francisco Giants used a 6th round pick on a pitcher from Stony Brook University, they had little idea that he would turn into one of the best closers of his generation. Joe Nathan was the pitcher who joined the Giants that season and his college alma mater just named their new baseball stadium after their most famous player. The true story is Nathan is the only member of this university to make it to the major leagues and he finished his business degree there after starting his professional baseball career.

During the course of the dedication of the new baseball field, Nathan was asked some questions about his future plans as he enters free agency. This could be the first time in eight years that Nathan will not be a member of the Minnesota Twins. Stony Brook University is right near the heart of New York City and it is only natural to think Nathan would enjoy a coming home party. He grew up cheering for the New York Mets and his childhood team is in the market for a closer. When asked the question, he responded by saying:
"Obviously, the Mets are going to be on my radar. It's a team I followed growing up around this area. That would be exciting."
The other issue weighing heavily on Nathan's mind as he enters free agency is the chance to win a championship before he retires. The Twins have offered him an avenue to get to the playoffs on multiple occasions but a championship has never been the final result. Coming off of a major arm surgery and a frustrating season, a new team could be exactly what the doctor ordered for Nathan. He said:
"It's all about winning right now. Where I'm at in my career, I just want to be on a club that has a chance to go to the postseason and have a chance to pitch in big games."
The Mets are not exactly a team that will be busting down the door to the playoffs next season. They finished with a 77-85 record and in fourth place in a very tough National League East. The Phillies and Braves will be projected to finish toward the top of that division again. The Nationals have some good pieces in place for the future and the Marlins are moving into a new stadium with more revenue. There might be a chance the Mets finished closer to last than to first next season and that wouldn't be much of an upgrade over the Twins.

There are going to be tough offseason decisions to make for the right-handed hurler who will be 37-years old during the coming season. Depending on how the market plays out, this could be one of the final contracts of his playing career. He has made it clear that it is not about the money at this point in his life and he is looking to be a valuable part of a bullpen with a chance at winning it all. I am sure it didn't help for him to see some of his former teammates, Nick Punto and Kyle Lohse, walk away with World Series rings over the weekend. 

The Twins have been in a comfort zone over most of the last decade because they knew Nathan would be there to shut the door in the late innings of games. When Nathan was injured in Spring Training in 2010, the Twins spent most of the year trying to find a replacement for him. The team brought in players like Jon Rauch, Matt Capps, and Brian Fuentes to eat up some of the late game innings left vacated by the absence of Mr. Nathan. The organization could be in a similar conundrum as they look to revamp a bullpen that had its far share of struggles in 2011.

Nathan set the Twins all-time saves record during the past season but it might be time for these two parties to go their separate ways. The free agent market is very top heavy with former closers who could be making their way to the Twin Cities. Among the closers expected to hit the free agent market: Heath Bell, Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Cordero, Ryan Madson, Francisco Rodriguez, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Capps, and Brad Lidge. This could mean a lot of former closers will be swapping jerseys for the start of next season and that includes Joe Nathan. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals

Being 10.5 games out of the wild card in the last weeks of the season wasn't enough.
Being down to their last strike twice in one game wasn't enough.
The resilient team from the Midwest would never give up.
No one thought this was possible, but they didn't listen
Their "never say die" attitude brought the franchise its 11th title.

Congratulations to the 2011 World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals!

Friday Links-N-Thinks

Hello baseball fans. It is hard to believe that the baseball season has come to this, a final game to decide who will be the champion. Last night's Game 6 was an unbelievable back-and-forth contest and now it all comes down to one final game. I only wish the baseball season could go on forever but the offseason break springs hope for a new beginning for all teams in 2012.

Keep coming back to NoDak Twins Fan in the offseason as there will be lots of good content that continues to filter out through my site. I am currently working on a 2012 MLB Draft article for the upcoming release of the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook which is produced by Seth Stohs of SethSpeaks.net. To go along with the handbook, I will also be compiling my list of the top 20 prospects in the Twins organization. Free agency will start in the coming days and there is a lot to look at for the future of a Twins team that struggled in 2011. I will be posting my offseason blueprint as well as a ton of other stories from all aspects of the Twins organization.

So the moral of the story is.... bookmark my site, follow me on Twitter, and "Like" my blog on Facebook so you can keep up with the latest in Twins news and commentary.

Here are my weekly links of interesting Twins stories from the week:
My posts from the week:
Video of the Week: This week marked the 20th Anniversary of the best World Series in history and the Twins happened to be the team who came out on top. Here is a great video from MLB that discusses the decisive seventh game:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kemp unanimous pick for NL Stan Musial Award

There were some outstanding performances this year in Major League Baseball. However, one clearly stood out from the pack.

Los Angeles Dodger outfielder Matt Kemp was named the National League Stan Musial Award winner for 2011 in voting held by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. Kemp received all 15 first place votes and completely dominated the rest of the voting field like he did putting up almost a 40 HR/40 SB season for the Dodgers this year.

Coming in a distant second was Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun, who garnered most of the second place votes from the group. Braun's teammate, first baseman Prince Fielder, came in third.

Interesting enough, even though Los Angeles pitcher Clayton Kershaw outpointed Philadelphia hurler Roy Halladay in the BBA's Walter Johnson Award voting for best pitcher, Halladay received more points for the Stan Musial Award.

Over in the American League, there were more ballots cast, perhaps due to a more intriguing race. When the dust had settled, though, Toronto's Jose Bautista had held off Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury by a handful of points.

Bautista received eleven of the 22 first place votes and 225 total points, while Ellsbury received five first place selections and 200 points overall. Detroit Tiger firstbaseman Miguel Cabrera came in third wtih 183 points and three first place nods. His former teammate Curtis Granderson came in fourth and 2011 AL Walter Johnson winner Justin Verlander finished fifth.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):
American League
Jose Bautista, Toronto (11) 225
Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston (5) 200
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit (3) 183
Curtis Granderson, Detroit (1) 135
Justin Verlander, Detroit (2) 126
Adrian Gonzalez, Boston 109
Dustin Pedroia, Boston 68
Robinson Cano, New York 55
Ian Kinsler, Texas 35
Michael Young, Texas 28
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay 25
Alex Gordon, Kansas City 20
CC Sabathia, New York 13
Paul Konerko, Chicago 12
Adrian Beltre, Texas 10
Alex Avila, Detroit 8
Jered Weaver, Los Angeles of Anaheim 6
Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay 6
Mike Napoli, Texas 4
James Shields, Tampa Bay 3
Victor Martinez, Cleveland 2
David Oritz, Boston 2
Melky Cabrera, Kansas City 1

National League
Matt Kemp, Los Angeles (15) 195
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee 134
Prince Fielder, Milwaukee 83
Joey Votto, Cincinnati 79
Justin Upton, Arizona 77
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia 49
Troy Tulowitski, Colorado 49
Albert Pujols, St. Louis 46
Jose Reyes, New York 42
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles 31
Lance Berkman, St. Louis 28
Dan Uggla, Atlanta 14
Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco 13
Cliff Lee, Philadelphia 11
Hunter Pence, Philadelphia 6
Michael Morse, Washington 5
Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati 3
Ian Kennedy, Arizona 2
Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh 2
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado 1

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 316 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.

Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their votes.

Notably, though the Alliance’s awards come out well before their official counterparts, the BBA selections have matched those of the Baseball Writers of America in all but two instances in the past two years.  This, of course, does not include the Goose Gossage Award that is exclusive to the BBA.

Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and for this award, were tabulated on a 13-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale for first through tenth place. In the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.

American League
National League
Prior Winners: 2010: Josh Hamilton, Texas; Joey Votto, Cincinnati
2009: Joe Mauer, Minnesota; Albert Pujols, St. Louis

The official website of the BBA is located at baseballbloggersalliance.wordpress.com. The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

Twins' top prospects looking to improve in AFL

After your favorite team is eliminated from the MLB Postseason, it might seem like there is very little to cheer for when it comes to your hometown nine. The Twins were out of the playoff race for most of the second half of the season and this allowed the team to get an extended look at some of their top prospects. The baseball offseason can offer many interesting box scores to follow as players from across baseball compete in fall leagues, winter leagues, and international tournaments.

One of the biggest offseason gathering of prospects happens in the sunny state of Arizona with the Arizona Fall League. Organizations pick out some of their top young talent and let them hone their skills after the minor league season has reached a conclusion. The Twins sent seven of their up-and-coming pitchers and position players to the AFL this season. There have been some ups and downs for these young players but a lot of the learning that takes place can be hard to quantify.

Here's an update of how each of the Twins' position players has looked during their time in the AFL.

Aaron Hicks-Outfield
Ended last season: Fort Myers Miracle (High A)
AFL Stat Line: .218/.338/.419, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 2 DBL, 10 BB
Hicks struggled to find any hits in the early part of his time in the AFL but there have been signs of life from Hicks in recent games. Yesterday afternoon was one of his best performances at the plate as he compiled a two for three day with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored. Hicks is on the younger end of the prospects competing in the AFL and his recent hot streak is a good sign. In his last ten games, he has batted a respectable .286 with three home runs, eight RBI, and a 1.047 OPS. As a switch hitter, he continues to struggle from the left side of the plate.


One Thing to Improve: In 20 AB from the right side, Hicks is batting .300 with two of his home runs. The problem is when he steps to the other side of the plate and bats left-handed, his batting average has dipped to .171, a continuing trend from this season.

Brian Dozier-Shortstop
Ended last season: New Britain Rock Cats (AA)
AFL Stat Line: .293/.343/.723, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 2 DBL, 5 BB
Dozier, the Twins organization's winner for Minor League Player of the Year, has looked to continue his breakout season in the AFL. The beginning of the AFL looked like Dozier had not missed a step from the regular season. He started off on a torrid pace and was near the top of the batting leaders for the entire AFL. He has since cooled off and the last ten games have been a see-saw affair. During that stretch of games, Dozier has a .238 batting average with no home runs and only one double. He has managed to be an RBI machine by knocking in eight runs during those ten games.

One Thing to Improve: It would be nice to see him drawing more walks to increase his OBP during the rest of the AFL. His walk totals were not off the charts during the regular season either but there is a good chance Dozier could get a long look in Spring Training for a middle infield role. If that is the case, his eye at the plate could improve.

Chris Herrmann-Catcher
Ended last season: New Britain Rock Cats
AFL Stat Line: .391/.481/.652, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 DBL, 4 BB
Hermann has not seen a lot of game action during his time in the AFL but he has made the most out of every opportunity he has been given. The Mesa Solar Sox have only used Herrmann in seven games so far and he has continued his high level of production from the 2011 season. In his last game on Tuesday, he was two for four at the plate with a home run, three RBI, and a run scored. To top it all off, he also stole a base in the game. Herrmann could be given the opportunity to play a role on the big league squad next season. With his current performance, he is putting himself in the running for the back-up catcher position with the Twins in 2012.

One Thing to Improve: Herrmann has been limited when it comes to power potential during his minor league career. He does not hit a lot of home runs but his doubles total is starting to look promising. Translating some of that power to next season should be a goal for Mr. Herrmann.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

20 years later, Puckett's performance hard to top

The famous line "And we'll see you tomorrow night" was spoken by Jack Buck on this day 20 years ago. It was the last words of an evening that would become the signature moment for a future Hall-of-Fame player. With the Twins on the brink of elimination, Puckett provide the lift the team needed to make it to a decisive Game 7.

The Twins returned to the Metrodome after some tough games in Atlanta. Game 3 and Game 4 were heartbreaking endings for the Twins with the Braves winning one game in extra-innings and the other game ending with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth. After those two losses, the Twins were in a hurry to get home and that showed up in the results of Game 5. A 14-5 blowout loss on the way out of Atlanta set the stage for the dramatic ending in Minnesota.

A disheartened team needed something to pick them up before the start of Game 6. Puckett was the clear leader on the team and he gathered his teammates around him in the clubhouse before the game to give the speech of his lifetime. Years later he recalled his speech as, "Guys, I just have one announcement to make: You guys should jump on my back tonight. I'm going to carry us."

After his famous pre-game speech, Puckett wasted little time in making his mark on the game. In the first inning of Game 6, Puck tripled in his first at-bat to drive in a run and two batters later he would score on a single off the bat of Shane Mack. The Twins were on top 2-0 and Puckett was at the heart of both of the runs.

The top of the third inning would provide the next magical moment in Mr. Puckett's opus. With a runner on first, Atlanta's Ron Gant hit a fly ball to deep left-center field and it looked like it was clearly going to be an extra-base hit. The 5-foot-8 center fielder for the Twins climbed the Plexiglas wall and came down with one of the best catches in World Series history.

The Braves would not go away and they tied the score with a two-run home run from Terry Pendleton in the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Twins and Puckett were quick to get the lead back from Atlanta. A deep sacrifice fly to center field allowed Puckett to drive in Dan Gladden from third base. Three runs for the Twins in the game and Puckett was directly involved in all of them.

The game would remain close and the Braves tied the score at 3-3 in the seventh inning with a Gant ground out. The next inning Puckett would try to rally the Twins again and with one out in the eighth, Puckett singled to right field. One batter later, he would steal second base to get into scoring postion and give Mack the chance to drive him in the go-ahead run. Mack did not come through and Puckett, representing the game winning run, was left on the field.

The game would enter extra innings before Puckett could get another chance to play the hero. As the top of the 11th inning was about to begin, Charlie Leibrant was warming on the mound and Puckett was taking his practice swings next to Chili Davis. He told Davis an elaborate plan to get a bunt single, steal second on the next pitch, and then let Davis drive him in with a hit. As the story goes, Davis turned to Puckett and told him to end the game himself.

Puckett listened to Davis and he capped one of the greatest performances in World Series history with a walk-off home run in the eleventh. His defense gem earlier in the game had saved at least one run from being scored. He had driven in three of the Twins four runs and he had scored the other run for the team. It was a performance for the ages...

The next night would be one of the best Game 7s in the history of sports but none of those events could have occurred without the bat, glove, and heart of Kirby Puckett. To many, it is the best World Series in history and Puckett molded his legendary legacy on the field that October night.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thome headlines continue to swirl

The Twins spent the last two off-seasons courting the services of Jim Thome to be the Twins designated hitter. He provided Twins Territory with a plethora of memories during his time with the club. The tough 2011 season for the organization meant the slugger and the Twins parted ways near the end of the year. This coming offseason has brought a new series of headlines surrounding the former Twins slugger.

The White Sox have revamped their coaching staff for next season with the hiring of Robin Ventura as their manager and Joe McEwing as the third base coach. The Chicago Sun-Times reported last week that the White Sox are also interested in hiring Thome as the team's hitting coach. Jerry Reinsdorf, the chairman of the White Sox, has a very good relationship with Thome since his playing days on the south side and he would love for Thome to join the coaching staff.

The opportunity to be a coach has to be intriguing to Thome especially since his family lives in the Chicago area. However, the White Sox are not without their problem players from the offensive side of the ball. Adam Dunn and Alex Rios would be just some of the issues that Thome would need to address as a rookie hitting coach and he would also be surrounded by a coaching staff with other unproven coaches. All of these obstacles could be a recipe for disaster.

News came out yesterday that Thome is highly considering a return to the playing field in 2012. The 41-year old slugger would be entering his 22nd season next year and his 604 home runs rank him eighth on the all-time list. The market for Thome could be limited because of his inability to play a defensive position so his only role is to be a DH or a bat off the bench. Thome described the situation like this,
"I'll keep playing. I just need teams to call me. I can't go play in the backyard by myself. I don't know the demand for a 41-year old DH, but my passion is I want to continue to play."
With Thome's desire to return to play and the White Sox desire to hire him as a coach, there could be the outside chance he would serve both roles with the team next season. Kenny Williams, the White Sox General Manager, considered naming Paul Konerko as the player-manager for their team during their recent search for a manager. This means the White Sox are open to the possibility of a player serving in a dual role for the team.

The Twins and Thome had a great relationship over the past two seasons. Ron Gardenhire worked with Thome to give him the rest he needed to be productive on the field and Thome was also able to be a clubhouse leader for the team. That being said, it seems as if Thome's time with the Twins has come to an end. In a recent phone interview, Bill Smith let Twins season ticket holders know that the club will be looking for more versatility on the bench next season.

In 93 games this season, Thome hit .256/.361/.477 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI. He is also only one season removed from a magical 2010 in which he batted .283/.412/.627 with 25 home runs. His age, inability to run, and lack of defensive versatility makes his options for teams very limited. Overall, his experience does make him a valuable asset to a coaching staff, but will a team be willing to have a limited DH on their 25-man roster? It worked well for the Twins and it's now time for another team to give Thome a final trip through the American League.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Morris offered coaching job with GCL Twins

The middle of the World Series can bring a lot of memories back to Jack Morris. He was the member of three championship team's in the 1980's and early 1990's and he is most remembered for his gritty 10-inning shutout in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. He is an October legend in Twins Territory and fans can not help but celebrate the 20th anniversary of what many consider the greatest series in the history of the World Series.

This October could lead to a new change in the retired life of Mr. Morris. According to Sunday's edition of the Star Tribune (toward the bottom of the article), Morris spent a week and a half working with Twins minor league pitchers in the Florida Instructional League. This experience seemed to work well for both the organization and their former ace. The Twins have offered their former bulldog on the mound a position with the coaching staff of the Gulf Coast League Twins, a rookie league team based in Fort Myers, Florida. He had this to say,
“There are other things we need to talk about... But if it seems like something with a good future, I will give it a try.”
Morris has been active in the Twins organization in recent years and many fans have been able to follow his work on the Twins Radio Network. His ability to give commentary on the current game by delving into the experiences of his 18-year career is a valuable asset to the broadcast world. That ability should also serve him well in his transition to a coaching career.

There have been other shake-ups in the coaching ranks of the Twins' farm system to address some of the fundamental problems shown by the prospects that got significant playing time in 2011. In early September, the organization fired Triple-A manager Tom Nieto and hitting coach Floyd Rayford. This came on the heals of back-to-back 90-loss seasons for the first time in the over 100-year history of the Rochester franchise.

The Twins are looking for a new approach in their farm system and "an overall directional change that is being implemented throughout the minor league system this off-season." Morris represents a different philosophy of pitching, one that has been absent from the game in recent years. The hard-nosed, old school style could be a welcomed addition to an organization whose pitching philosophy has failed to produce a front of the rotation starter in recent years.

In an offseason with many changes yet to come, Morris will certainly not be the answer to all of the Twins problems for next year. He is not going to be able to make the middle infield play better defense, he is not going to keep players off of the disable list, and he is not going to be able to put his jersey back on and pitch in a big game situation. Morris can offer some of the younger pitchers in the organization the tips and tricks that made him successful during his time on the mound.

At this point, the Twins organization could use a little injection of Morris in the up-and-coming pitching core. If some of the younger pitchers want to throw the ball a little more inside or show a little fire on the mound like Mr. Morris, that will be fine with me.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Verlander Unanimous Selection For Walter Johnson Award

You can debate whether Justin Verlander should be win the “best player in the league” award.  There was no debate on if he’d win the “best pitcher” version.

The Detroit Tiger ace was an unanimous selection for the Walter Johnson Award, given out by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.  Verlander was the top name on all 21 ballots, easily outdistancing Los Angeles of Anaheim starter Jered Weaver.  Weaver was a distant second, 80 points behind Verlander.  New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia came in third.
 
On the National League side, results were a little bit closer.  Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw beat out Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay 137-112.  Kershaw received 15 first place nods, while Halladay garnered eight.  Halladay’s teammate, Cliff Lee, finished in the show position.
 
The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League
Justin Verlander, Detroit (21) 147
Jered Weaver, Los Angeles of Anaheim 67
CC Sabathia, New York 58
James Shields, Tampa Bay 40
Dan Haren, Los Angeles of Anaheim 20
CJ Wilson, Texas 9
Josh Beckett, Boston 6
Ricky Romero, Toronto 5
Felix Hernandez, Seattle 2
Doug Fister, Detroit 1
Brandon McCarthy, Oakland 1
David Price, Tampa Bay 1

National League
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles (15) 137
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia (8) 112
Cliff Lee, Philadelphia 69
Ian Kennedy, Arizona 38
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia 9
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco 7
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco 7
Matt Cain, San Francisco 3
Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta 3
Dillon Gee, New York 2
Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco 2
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati 1
Jair Jurrjens, Atlanta 1
 
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 316 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.
 
The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.
 
Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their votes.
 
Notably, though the Alliance’s awards come out well before their official counterparts, the BBA selections have matched those of the Baseball Writers of America in all but two instances in the past two years.  This, of course, does not include the Goose Gossage Award that is exclusive to the BBA.
 
Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and for this award, were tabulated on a 7-4-3-2-1 point scale for first through fith place. In the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.

American League
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)
Baltimore Sports and Life (Baltimore)
Boston Red Thoughts (Boston)*
Camden Crazies (Baltimore)
Contract Year (Oakland)*
Detroit Tigers Scorecard Blog (Detroit)
500 Level Fan (Toronto)
The Flagrant Fan (General)
Infield Fly (Toronto)
Lady At The Bat (New York)
Misc. Baseball (History)
North Dakota Twins Fan (Minnesota)
Old English D (Detroit)
The Rays Rant (Tampa Bay)
Seattle Mariners Musings (Seattle)
Seedlings To Stars (Other)
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
Twins Trivia (Minnesota)

National League
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)
Appy Astros (Houston)
Bernie’s Crew (Milwaukee)*
Blog Red Machine (Cincinnati)
Cincinnati Reds Blog (Cincinnati)
C70 At The Bat (St. Louis)
Dugger Sports (Philadelphia)
The Eddie Kranepool Society (New York)
The Flagrant Fan (General)
Misc. Baseball (History)
North Side Notch (Pittsburgh)
Padres Trail (San Diego)
Phils Baseball (Philadelphia)
Pitchers Hit Eighth (St. Louis)
Prose and Ivy (Chicago)*
Raise The Jolly Roger (Pittsburgh)
Rockies Woman (Colorado)
22 Gigantes (San Francisco)
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)
 
Prior Winners: 2010: Felix Hernadez, Seattle; Roy Halladay, Philadelphia
                       2009: Zack Greinke, Kansas City; Tim Lincecum, San Francisco
 
The official website of the BBA is located at baseballbloggersalliance.wordpress.com. The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.