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Tell Me All Your Thoughts On Blog

blog.jpgOver the years, professional obligations have led me to read innumerable Minor League team blogs. Truth be told, most of them aren’t very good.

A typical pattern is this: Minor League blog gets launched during the offseason, amidst a flurry of positive energy and redundant staff profile posts. Content then tapers off as it becomes unclear what, exactly, to write about, and soon everyone involved gets consumed with the season itself. The blog then is relegated to cyberspace purgatory, updated tri-monthly with posts apologizing to its non-existent audience for the lack of updates.

So how can this avoided? Well, I’m no expert, but to me it seems three things are necessary:

– Put one person in charge, someone who is enthusiastic, accountable, creative, and (ofcommon.jpg course) a good writer.
– Learn the program! It is amazing how many blogs fail to utilize picture and video, and include posts with inconsistent fonts and text sizes. The blog needs to reflect the professionalism of the team it is representing!
– Come up with a content plan, including as many recurring, easy-to-produce features as possible.

To this end, I’ll regularly highlight Minor League blogs that are doing just this. For example, the Fresno Grizzlies Yard Work blog recently introduced its “10 for 10″ series, profiling 10 season ticket holders in honor of the team’s 10th anniversary. I have never seen this before, and it makes perfect sense: it’s easy to do, there are plenty of individuals to choose from, and, best of all, it pays tribute to loyal customers who deserve the thanks and recognition.

And since I’m on the topic of blogs, here are two Minor League-centric specimens worthy of being checked out:

edgar.JPGThe Greatest 21 DaysReally interesting premise here, as author Steve is systematically profiling each and every player included in the 1990 CMC baseball card set. In his own words: “Did they make the Majors? Did they not? And what interesting things happened along the way?” The name references the film Bull Durham, as Crash Davis once said that the greatest 21 days of his life was the time he was in the “The Show.”

Inside the ClubhouseOne of the most vital (yet easily overlooked) jobs in the baseball pantheon in the “clubbie”, that meal-arranging, laundry-toting jack-of-all-trades. In this blog, Birmingham Barons clubbie Jeff Perro shares tips and anecdotes related to this most demanding of clubhouse enterprises.

In other news, yesterday it was announced that the Boston Pops and Kenny Loggins will be embarking on a 10-city tour of Minor League ballparks. This is on the heels of last year’s successful trial gig in Pawtucket.

Finally, the moon will soon have a name. In addition to, you know, “moon.” Please make a note.

benjamin.hill@mlb.com
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Have You Seen This Man?

Thumbnail image for Charleston_RallyVinnieBasic.JPGThe individual on your left is Vinnie Colangelo, the veteran clubhouse manager of the Charleston RiverDogs.

Mr. Colangelo came to my attention thanks to an email from RiverDogs play-by-play man Danny Reed, who wrote that “Vinnie has become well known as one of the best clubbies in the Minors, and he has also grown to be quite popular with the fans.”

This spotless reputation motivated the team to create a “Rally Vinnie” alter-ego for Colangelo. Whenever the RiverDogs need some runs in the late innings of a ballgame, “Rally Vinnie” flashes on the scoreboard. There are many permutations of “Rally Vinnie”, many of which are tied into whatever promotional theme night the RiverDogs happen to be staging.

Let’s take a look:

Charleston_RallyVinnieMario.JPGCharleston_RallyVinnieWildWest.JPG 

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Reached by phone, “Rally Vinnie” was decidedly nonplussed about this late-inning ballpark development.

“The players seem to get a kick out of it, I just wish it would work a little bit more,” he said.Charleston_RallyVinnieShaving.JPG “I’d guess that it’s [inspired a rally] about 50% of the time so far.”

Colangelo went on to say that he is occasionally recognized in Charleston as “Rally Vinnie”, but that the demanding nature of his job has kept him from capitalizing on his unique celebrity status.

“The character’s not that big, and I don’t get to go out much [during the season],” he said modestly, perhaps underestimating the appeal of a rally-starting clubhouse manager.

Charleston_RallyVinnieBeard.JPGBut at the very least, Rally Vinnie has become a source of inspiration for his co-workers.

“They’ve put my face on a lot of different things,” said Colangelo. “The Mario one was pretty good, and I liked the Smurf one, too. I guess they’ll just keep on coming up with stuff they think is funny.”

Come to think of it, this could serve as the motto for the entire industry.

Minor League Baseball: Coming Up With Stuff We Think Is Funny Since 1902.

benjamin.hill@mlb.com
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