Where’s the cheese ?

– PhilliesOutside –

Why do we have the latest leaders board? 

Is it nice to know if your blog is seen more than someone else’s?

Are we being polite when we say “it doesn’t matter where on the list
we are”?

How do you really feel when your blog is seen less than someone who only
posted 1 post over 18 months ago?

It’s like asking “should Armando Galarraga suffer for the mistake of
some umpire who was not paying attention”? it was obvious to everyone that Jason
Donald
was out, everyone except Jim Joyce the umpire in question. Who
complained the least, the guy with the most to lose, Galarraga. The
problem is Joyce is the one that will be in the history books now and not
Galarraga. Of course Jim Joyce was man enough to admit his mistake
after the fact, but too little too late, if MLB re-adjust’s the numbers to show a
perfect game as many people have been calling for, this will set a precedence
and cause so many other requests for reviews of game outcomes, it would do
nothing except lengthen an already long season. – Okay that sent me just
tad off topic –

I guess what I am saying is, if we’re going to have a list of the top ‘blogillion’
blogs, shouldn’t it be a fair playing field for all. I can glance down the list
of blogs and instantly see those that I visit on a regular basis, I can also see
those that I know have no action and those that just appeared, and of course
there are those that have been lucky enough to be highlighted by the MLBlogosphere
and have miraculously jumped up the ranking considerably. I know Mark Newman
is a very busy man with MLBAM and all, but surely he has people that deal
with this now, or at least some guru/geek that can decipher the good the bad and
the ugly.

At this point there are no more questions just statements, the lists that
represents the Pro Blogs and the Beat Writers are of
course just what they are, it will be tough for a beat writer to compete with
Todd Zolecki
at the ZOZONE
simply because if anyone has been there regularly they know there are a few
people that seem to openly live there lives in the comments section of his blog,
of which is available both through the MLBlogosphere and of course as
regular news items on MLB.com.

The Fans Blog list however, is the one that is not on level
playing ground, there were people asking in the comments of last
months latest leaders list
how to get on the list, which is a tough question
to answer. Some of us spend as much time as we have available writing posts,
commenting on other bloggers posts in the hope that they will return the favor
and also that someone may see your link and visit your site, this works, most
bloggers do return the favor, I say most because not all do, and some don’t do
it all of the time either. -Okay moving slightly off point again – 

Lets take a look at some of the blogs that made the list this
month
and last
month

#24 is a blog that made a couple of posts in the middle of January, that’s
all this year, yet they weren’t on last months list but jumped straight in at
#24 for May.

#20 down from #19 last month hasn’t posted anything since mid August 2009,
don’t get me wrong I have nothing against these bloggers, in fact I was a
regular commenter of #20 when she was blogging.

#30 up from #41 last month, is even featured on the picture for this
month
, openly admits the blog is closed and has moved to a new location
away from mlblogs.

#33 up from #37 last month, okay this one is the funniest of all so far, 1
post in the life of the blog, that post was on April 29th 2009, yes over a year
ago, yet it still is on the list and climbing no less.

#35 down from #2 last month, this is an example of how being highlighted can
help, during March this blog found it’s way on the from of the Blogosphere.

These ones I mention are not the only blogs, they are just the ones I have
chosen to mention, there are a number of blogs with 1 or 2 entries a month or
just this 1 or 2 entries this year that seem to stick around the top twenty or
top thirty, because they have longevity in the Blogosphere. Just
one more I want to mention, last month #30 seems to move up to #27 this month,
the link however is a different link, the name on the list matches the blog it
linked to last month, but not the blog it links to this month, yet the blog it
is linked to this month is more believable as the blog that should possibly be
on the list, confused, so am I, I have no answer, so you’ll have to stay as
confused as me.

It’s fair to say most of, if not all, the top ten blogs have been around for
sometime and have made there way to the top ten because of it, or inspite of it,
it is also fair to say that some blogs stick around without any action for the
reasons. Like all newcomers to anything it takes time to be accepted and to
develop a following of any kind, it also helps when you get the assistance of
controlling organizations, like the MLBlogosphere. So hound them
till you get a front and center promotion like a couple of the top 10 blogs have
had this year already.

Strange as it may be I have no pictures in this post except that which I have
depicted with my words. Take this as you may, for some I am sure they will see
it as a gripe, a whine, for others they may just take solace in the fact that
there blog may be in the top 50, but the list just doesn’t show it.

I know my blog may have dropped 10 places and that maybe my miniscule 4500
hits (excluding my own hits of course) since season start, probably makes it a
stretch that I’m even in the top 50, but with the way the Phillies are
playing I have to whine about something and I am not going to fall into
the same trap as every other Phillies fan and complain about Charlie
or Milt or the players are getting paid to lose, sh-it happens.. or
maybe this is BP’s fault

Now where’s that cheese….

 


Brad Lidge…’it’s all about you’

When a team has got a lead going into the final inning of a baseball game it’s the closers job to come in and shut down the opposition so that your team gets the win. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the 9th, 10th or even more, and it doesn’t matter if your at home or on the road, it is without a doubt the primary responsibility of the closer to secure that win.

Yesterday in Atlanta the Phillies did exactly that, Cole Hamels pitched good, for him this season, through 6 innings, giving up just 2 runs on 3 hits, okay he walked 4, but still considering how he has performed this year, when it came to crunch time and the Phillies needed a good outing he gave us one.

The bullpen came in to relieve Hamels in the 7th inning and gave another good performance, shutting the Braves down in the 7th and 8th innings. So now its up to the closer, Brad Lidge, to enter the game and not give anything away. We have all seen him this year, but Charlie Manuel and his coaches still have confidence in Lidge to come out and do his job. Maybe its time to re-think Charlie, Lidge is not cutting it at the moment. Yes the error by Utley didn’t help, but then loading the bases, because your afraid of the strike zone doesn’t help either.

Trying to blow magic on your hand, like a magician, isn’t going to work Lidge, you shouldn’t have loaded the bases in the first place.

If this wasn’t a message to Charlie Manuel then I don’t know what would be, and if Lidge can’t do it, if he has some inner- self that’s giving him a hang-up, then he should be a man and tell Charlie, and save us all the continued embarrassment of sending a closer out there that nobody is afraid to face.

I could offer up some suggestions, I am sure many a blogger will, I am also sure many fans that don’t  blog here will be commenting at the ZoZone about what should be done and how to do it, but the bottom line is you get paid to make those decisions Charlie and it’s time you made one regarding Lidge. You had no trouble telling us “it’s for the best interest of the team”, when you sent Moyer to the pen, so how about that same attitude regarding the closers spot.

Today JA Happ goes to the mound, I just hope if this is a tight game and the Phillies have the lead at the end, we use an alternative to Lidge…