With today being New Year’s Eve, I looked at my year-end statistics for this blog and wanted to share with you which posts were clicked on the most in 2013. Here are the top 10, in countdown order:
This short post from March includes a photo of one of the Midwest League championship rings handed out to the 2012 MWL champs.
This apparently was the most popular of my four preseason preview posts.
I wrote this post on Babe Ruth’s birthday. It’s about the apocryphal story that claims The Babe hit his longest-ever home run during a barnstorming game in Fort Wayne. It includes a cool photo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in their 1927 barnstorming uniforms.
This post was an update on several former Midwest League players (Rymer Liriano, Oscar Taveras, Jorge Soler and Bruce Rondon) and includes photos of all of them.
The main part of this post is about the new scoreboard/video board that was unveiled at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Other tidbits include Miguel Sano’s impressive debut at major-league spring training, a link to video of former South Bend Silver Hawks OF Justin Upton homering deep off former Peoria Chiefs pitcher Dan Haren, and a snowbound stadium pic.
This post includes photos of Minnesota Twins prospect Byron Buxton, Toronto Blue Jays prospect Christian Lopes and Chicago Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach.
In addition to the news about Cubs prospect Albert Almora not starting the season with the Kane County Cougars due to injury, this post includes a photo of Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney as a member of the 2000 West Michigan Whitecaps.
This post includes some great photos of Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, surrounded by the waters of the mighty Mississippi River.
This was my first post about Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Julio Urias, who made his Midwest League debut with the Great Lakes Loons at age 16 — an unusually young age for a Low-A player.
This not only is my most popular post of 2013, but it is the most-viewed post of mine from the three years I’ve been writing this blog. “Nessy’s Boner” was a play reminiscent of the infamous “Merkle’s Boner” play in 1908. News about the play went viral, and this week ESPN’s Jayson Stark included it in his annual “Strange But True Feats” column, which you can read here.
This last snowbound stadium photo from 2013 comes courtesy of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers:
Be safe tonight and see you back here at The Midwest League Traveler in 2014!