My 10 most-read posts of 2013

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:

10. 2012 Timber Rattlers get their championship rings

This short post from March includes a photo of one of the Midwest League championship rings handed out to the 2012 MWL champs.

9. Midwest League players to watch: Timber Rattlers, Chiefs, Cougars and Snappers

This apparently was the most popular of my four preseason preview posts.

8. Babe Ruth’s big blow in Fort Wayne

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.

7. 2011 Midwest League MVP Rymer Liriano out for 2013 season

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.

6. Cedar Rapids Kernels unveil new scoreboard

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.

5. 2013 Midwest League All-Star Game rosters announced

This post includes photos of Minnesota Twins prospect Byron Buxton, Toronto Blue Jays prospect Christian Lopes and Chicago Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach.

4. Almora breaks hamate bone, is out until late May

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.

3. Flood surrounds Modern Woodmen Park, sinks plans for Ferris wheel

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.

2. 16-year-old pitcher makes pro debut with Loons

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.

1. ‘Nessy’s Boner’ leads to Lugnuts loss — after Lansing ‘won’

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.

Bonus photo!

This last snowbound stadium photo from 2013 comes courtesy of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers:

The snowy scene at Fox Cities Stadium, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, today.

The snowy scene at Fox Cities Stadium, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, today.

Be safe tonight and see you back here at The Midwest League Traveler in 2014!

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One Response to My 10 most-read posts of 2013

  1. Cool idea, Craig! I recall seeing all these posts at some point, but it was cool to take a look at them again!


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