January Blog Leaders

Mlblogs has posted the top 50 leaders for the month of January, and yours truly finished in 15th place. I guess that’s to be expected, as many readers typically only follow ballhawk blogs during the MLB season. Hopefully, my daily postings leading up to opening day will reel some more readers in.

Here’s the top 40 of the 50: (40 because I couldn’t get all 50 to fit on my screen for a screen shot)

If you want to explore those top 40 blogs further, then you can click HERE.

I think my goal for February will be to break into the top 10.  In January 2011 I was 23rd on the list, and February 2011 I was 25th.  So being in the top 10 would be a huge improvement.

Anyway, in other semi-baseball related news.  Today is Olivia’s 6 month birthday, so we went shopping to see if we could get her any presents.  I ran across a few baseball items.

Check out the hat rack at the WalMart in Delmont PA.

Do you see anything that catches your eye?  Check it out:

If any of you Pittsburgh ballhawks needs a KC Royals hat, the Wal-Mart in Delmont has them for $7.  It’s a must have as the Royals are set to visit PNC Park in June this year.  I didn’t buy one as I already have two Kansas City Royals hats.

Also at WalMart, I couldn’t help myself.  I bought another pack of 2012 Topps Cards.

I got two Pirates, Chase D’Arndaud and Jared Hughes

Ryan Braun and Chipper Jones were probably my two best overall players:

We also stopped in a dollar store, and I froze when I walked past this display:

I picked up a pack of 20 random cards for $1 just for the heck of it.

Here’s what I got:

All crap.

There was a 1981 Dave Kingman card and 1989 Donruss Mark McGwire card, but nothing worth more than 50 cents.

There’s only 61 more days until Opening Day, 14 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and 1 more day to win this Matt Wieters shirt.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the comments and my twitter feed and compiling the list of candidates for the shirt.  I have 43 entries so far. Zac Weiss has posted and retweeted 10 times, meaning he has about a 1 in 4 chance. Also I have Joey Orr down for 7 entries in the drawing.  Remember, to enter all you have to do is leave a comment and/or retweet my blog entry each day.  I’ll throw all of the names into a (Baltimore Orioles) hat tomorrow and let Olivia pick the winner out.



  1. Zac Weiss

    It looks like I need to go to Delmont. I will be posting again soon, but I have been doing three or four articles a week lately, and thus I have been quite busy. No update on my internship yet but I will likely fire off an email on Monday about the gate times thing. I have been patient and have given it time. I will definitely need a Royals hat if I ballhawk. I am tired of going into stores and seeing all kinds of MLB hats for $32. I am not made of money like I used to be. I am setting aside a decent amount of money in case I don’t get the internship and can buy season tickets.

    • mlblogscountingbaseballs

      You’d better get your season tickets soon, I saw an article a week or two ago where Coonelly said the Pirates are almost all out of value plans. You may end up having to pay $1000 for 81 games rather than $399, so you’d better check into that with your rep. You can also get some hats on ebay for $10-$12 that aren’t bad. I updated some of my hat collection to replace the ones that were ruined from sweat, wear, etc.

  2. mlblogsbigglovebob

    How do you find out how many people read your blog? I ballhawked fairly actively in 2009 and blogged about it. I would be curious to see how many people actually read the thing. I am not the most tech savvy guy so it was mainly just writing with a few pictures. Did you ever get a chance to read it?

    Big Glove Bob

    • mlblogscountingbaseballs

      Log into your blog, go to dashboard and look at the ‘Stats section.’ If that doesn’t work, log into your blog, and if you get some stupid dashboard that doesn’t have stats, just open your blog page. On the top of your blog will be a strip with a little chart that size ‘site stats.’ If you look there, you’ll be able to see.

  3. Brad Campbell

    Seriously, can you ever pass up a pack of baseball cards…..You know that they have people that can help you with your addiction…..HAHAHA