Recommended Blogs

Dave · October 18, 2006 at 8:40 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Last week, a few folks asked if we could recommend some sites that cover other teams in a similar way that we cover the Mariners. Thanks to the explosion of blogging, a veritable cornocopia of team specific sites have popped up over the past few years, and nearly every organization in baseball has a quality site devoted to the team. So, what follows is a list of my recommended blogs for the rest of baseball; these sites have all published content that I have read and enjoyed at some point in time, and while they vary in quality, they’ve all earned the recognition as one of the better sources of information for their particular club.

AL West

Oakland: Athletics Nation
Texas: The Newberg Report and LoneStar Ball
Anaheim: Chronicles of the Lad
Seattle: Lookout Landing and Marinerds

AL Central

Minnesota: Bat Girl, Stick and Ball Guy, and Twins Geek
Kansas City: Rob and Rany and Royals Review
Detroit: Tigers Central
Cleveland: Lets Go Tribe
Chicago: Sox Machine

AL East

New York: Bronx Banter, Pinstriped Blog, and Replacement Level Yankee Weblog
Boston: Sons of Sam Horn
Baltimore: Orioles Hangout and Birds in the Belfry
Toronto: The Batters Box
Tampa Bay: Rays of Light

NL West

Arizona: Snake Pit
San Diego: Duck Snorts
Los Angeles: Dodger Thoughts
Colorado: Purple Row
San Francisco: McCovey Chronicles

NL Central

Chicago: Cub Reporter and Cub Town
Milwaukee: Brewer Fan
Houston: Crawfish Boxes
St. Louis: Viva El Birdos
Pittsburgh: Bucs Dugout
Cincinatti: Red Reporter

NL East

Philadelphia: Phillies Nation
Atlanta: Sabernomics
New York: Amazin’ Avenue
Florida: Fish Stripes
Washington: Capitol Punishment

So, there’s at least one link for every team. However, there are some that are good enough that you should read them even if you’re not trolling for team specific content. These guys are the best of the bunch, in my opinion, and I give them my full endorsement:

These include Lookout Landing, Bat Girl, Pinstriped Blog, The Batters Box, Dodger Thoughts, Brewer Fan, and Sabernomics.

So, hopefully this helps you guys. If you’re looking for information on a certain team, at the very least, most of these are a good starting spot.


40 Responses to “Recommended Blogs”

  1. The Ancient Mariner on October 18th, 2006 8:52 am

    Huh . . . I’d have thought you’d have recommended the Newberg Report, too — granted it’s Rangers-focused, Jamey’s always been a sharp observer of the minors; he isn’t slipping, is he?

    And for my own part, I’ve always enjoyed Sons of Sam Horn (though it’s been quite some time since I looked at the site, I’ll admit); I have a few friends that have been part of SoSH since the beginning.

  2. Mat on October 18th, 2006 9:11 am

    Thanks, Dave.

  3. Jimmie the Geek on October 18th, 2006 9:17 am

    Thanks for the pointer to Dodger Thoughts. I now have another place to lurk! 🙂


  4. Jeff Sullivan on October 18th, 2006 9:19 am

    Re: #1

    I’ve heard several Rangers fans complain about Newberg’s slipping quality and increasing shillitude over the past year or so. So there’s that.

  5. Dave on October 18th, 2006 9:36 am

    Huh . . . I’d have thought you’d have recommended the Newberg Report, too — granted it’s Rangers-focused, Jamey’s always been a sharp observer of the minors; he isn’t slipping, is he?

    Umm, the Newberg Report is the first link listed for the Rangers.

  6. dw on October 18th, 2006 9:37 am

    I’m a little disappointed Mickey Tettleton Memorial Overpass was left off the Tigers list. He’s an enjoyable read, even if he shuns Strunk and White’s rules for writers in favor of some combination of the writing styles of James Joyce and David J. Corcoran.

  7. pablothegreat on October 18th, 2006 9:45 am

    You forgot Halo’s Heaven under the Anaheim listing. (kidding)

  8. Evan on October 18th, 2006 10:09 am

    the writing styles of James Joyce and David J. Corcoran.

    That’s a freaky combination.

    For the record, I’d rather read Corco than James Joyce.

  9. Deanna on October 18th, 2006 10:38 am

    As it is, I’ve always considered Beerleaguer to be the Phillies equivalent of USSM, though I was in a fantasy baseball league with most of the Phillies bloggers this year and they’re all a decent bunch of people.

    And thank you for the link, though in the offseason I tend to go into general-baseball mode until Mariners games start again. I suppose we all do, though. The offseason sucks.

  10. dnc on October 18th, 2006 11:18 am

    These guys are the best of the bunch, in my opinion, and I give them my full endorsement.

    Defensive drills, anyone?

  11. Steve Nelson on October 18th, 2006 11:39 am

    #8: For the record, I’d rather read Corco than James Joyce.

    That depends on whether it’s been filtered through the Corco-o-tronic.

  12. The Ancient Mariner on October 18th, 2006 11:42 am

    Re #5: Sorry, Dave, should have been clearer and said “endorsed” instead of “recommended” — I was referring to your “read them even if you’re not trolling for team specific content” list at the bottom. As regards Jamey, though, I think Jeff Sullivan answered that one adequately.

  13. Anthony on October 18th, 2006 11:59 am

    RE: The Pinstriped Blog…Steven Goldman just wrote that they finally went back to a distinct URL. The address is now:

  14. joser on October 18th, 2006 12:02 pm

    Yeah, I’d like to read Corco writing about James Joyce. Book report!

  15. DanO on October 18th, 2006 12:46 pm

    This is a wonderful list; thank you!

  16. MarinerDan on October 18th, 2006 1:43 pm

    Thanks Dave.

    I see that you reference Rob and Rany for the Royals. Just out of curiousity, what is your opinion of Rany Jazayerli? Do you consider him to be a good analyst?

  17. David J. Corcoran I on October 18th, 2006 2:18 pm

    I had to read Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man at some point last year, and I even have an essay written up on it. So, yeah. Once I’m done with work I’d be more than happy to upload it and link it.

  18. David J. Corcoran I on October 18th, 2006 2:19 pm

    I’d say his writing is more like mine than Joyce’s, though, after reading it.

  19. Steve T on October 18th, 2006 3:03 pm

    This is awesome. Any chance of it getting sidebarred, so when I go looking for it I don’t have to hunt? I’m not going to sit here and read 40 blogs today. Maybe under “Get Lit for a Little” or something?

  20. Wishhiker on October 18th, 2006 3:15 pm

    McCovey Cronicle is doing a post tomorrow (Thurs.) on possible trades to fill thier 1B dilemma. Hopefully they’ll have more insight as to who might be offered for Sexson.

    Other searches on links who’s teams I thought might have interest in Sexson turned up mostly nothing. It was nice having this resource to look around.

    The list would be great to see added to the sidebar at some point. I’ve been looking to places like these when thinking of a trade partner to see what thier followers might be thinking a similiar scenario. Presently I can look back at this to find site’s that probably have more knowledge of thier teams intent than most I’d found with searches.

  21. dw on October 18th, 2006 3:21 pm

    I’d say his writing is more like mine than Joyce’s, though, after reading it.

    By Joycian I was thinking of his lack of comma usage.

  22. eponymous coward on October 18th, 2006 3:22 pm

    Corco sounds better after he drinks some strawberry Fanta mixed with vodka.

  23. kcw2 on October 18th, 2006 4:06 pm

    Another vote with # 19 for making this a permanent addition to the sidebar.


  24. urbancamper on October 18th, 2006 4:40 pm

    Wow, the “Sox Machine” blog for the White Sox is smarmy. I especially like the headline “Great, *now* Juan Uribe hits something!” Maybe not so much with the smart, in-depth analysis that is what makes U.S.S. Mariner so good, but good for an occasional laugh.

  25. Bodhizefa on October 18th, 2006 4:42 pm

    Just thought I’d toss out as another must read. I’m not sure if it just didn’t make the list because it’s gotten so big at this point, but it’s still a fairly well-written and informative site for the most part (even if Gleeman is stretched thin these days with all his writing gigs).

  26. AQ on October 18th, 2006 4:43 pm

    Thanks for those links, that’s awesome.

    Since the Red Sox are my 2nd favorite team, I’ve often considered looking at SoSH, but I wasn’t certain if they were any good. If they’re good enough for Dave, they’re good enough for me!

  27. AQ on October 18th, 2006 4:44 pm

    Oh, and I vote for this to be included on the sidebar as well. Thanks.

  28. Karen on October 18th, 2006 4:46 pm

    RE: #1 For those of you who still want to take the pulse of Red Sox fans after experiencing SoSH…I joined Red Sox Nation, which is SoSH without the ‘tude.

  29. capmblade on October 18th, 2006 5:15 pm

    Pshaw! Who needs all those pretty blogs with their pictures and beautiful maroon text on white backgrounds. I’m sticking with my “black on gray” and light cyan hyperlinks; go USSM.

  30. David J. Corcoran I on October 18th, 2006 5:19 pm

    Hey that’s 99% of why I like USSM. It’s simple. The internet has gotten way too complicated, and USSM is simple without looking elementary and outdated.

  31. dw on October 18th, 2006 6:20 pm

    Would it help anyone if I made an OPML version of the list for importing into RSS readers?

  32. Pilots fan on October 18th, 2006 8:51 pm

    Another vote for a sidebar link to this aricle. I don’t comment much anymore, but still read quite a bit. More than once over the last 2 years I’ve been reading this blog and thinking this would be nice info to have. This is another example of why my first baseball link in IE’s “My Favorites” is the USSM. Thanks for everything, guys.

  33. David J. Corcoran I on October 18th, 2006 9:02 pm

    I hope you’re at least using IE7.

  34. dw on October 18th, 2006 11:01 pm

    OK, no OPML yet, but if you have Firefox, here’s a bookmark file you can import. (Right-click on the link and choose “Save Link As…” then import into Firefox. Won’t work with IE, sorry.)

  35. SBG on October 19th, 2006 5:01 am

    Thanks for the recommendation.

  36. shirts on October 19th, 2006 5:43 am

    So I was reading through and what do you know, Dave’s endorsement is on This page.

    “The guys over there set the standard for hard core fans…”
    — David Cameron, Baseball Prospectus

  37. Sox Machine on October 19th, 2006 6:57 am

    Thanks for the endorsement.

    I’d like to blurb #24, though make some slight changes:

    “Wow, the “Sox Machine” blog for the White Sox is … Great …! So much … smart, in-depth analysis … so good … good for [a] … laugh.”

  38. jonwolfson on October 19th, 2006 10:15 pm

    Hi ussm. I am from the kindly recognized Tampa Bay site. This is a mighty fine site you folks have cooking over here and I just thought I’d let you know. Tampa Bay has developed a very warm relationship with other teams over the years, and our guys always seem to be welcomed with open arms in every city we travel to. Seattle was no exception this year. I am 3 hours ahead of you guys here in FL., so feel free to check in if you ever want to know how the future will be. I don’t want to be a spoiler, but I thought I’d tell you that your upcoming 3 hours are gonna pretty much kick some ass.
    Check out my link

  39. JameyNewberg on October 20th, 2006 12:15 pm

    Dave, thanks for the plug.

    Jeff Sullivan, I’d like to know more about what you heard. I don’t mind if you post it here, but if you’d like you’re welcome to email me at Thanks.


  40. EnglishMariner on October 20th, 2006 2:22 pm

    Very useful, please make this a link on the sidebar!

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