I’ve been doing this site for awhile now, and over that time, there’s been several sites that have been helpful in my collecting of info. I’m not talking about Texas Rangers specific stuff (like the Newberg Report, Baseball Time in Arlington, etc), I’m talking about larger scope sites, but not things on the level of ESPN & MLB’s site itself. I use a feed reader for almost all of my “site browsing” anymore, as I like them all in the same place (It’s Google Reader for the record).
Anyway, it occurred to me this morning as I was doing my reading that I should take a moment and point them out. If you’re reading my site, and have for awhile, you’ve probably heard me talk about them, but I wanted to take a moment and draw some attention. They are:
- MLB Trade Rumors: This site is run by a guy by the name of Tim Dierkes. This is kind of like what I used to enjoy watching on ESPN’s Trade Rumors page before it went behind the pay wall. MLBTR is a collation of trade rumours, news, and other player movement rumors. Granted – they put “rumors” right in the name, but don’t let that fool you. A lot of good news has come from there. I know some more “serious” writers tend not to like sites like this, but I love this place. They have really broken it down in detail by team and by player. You can actually get an RSS feed or a category down to an individual player. For example, click here for a news archive on rumors related to the pitcher we just signed, Kazuo Fukumori.
- The Biz of Baseball: This site is run primarily by Maury Brown. This is a site that speaks to something that has grown in my personal interest the last few years. The business side of baseball. This site has a wealth of obscure information relating to, well.. the “business” side of the game. As the game had an income of something like six billion (cue Dr Evil pinky finger) dollars last year, there’s a lot of “business” to be talked about. From payroll lists, to contracts you can read, the site includes other fun such as stadium deals and info, drug policy info, basically anything relating to “not on the field play” (although some of that is touched on from time to time). This is a great site if you’re into the back end of the sport. Most definitely worth a read. BTW, the domain name has confused me a few times. The name of the site is “The Biz of Baseball”, bizofbaseball.com – without the “the” in the URL. That’s burned me a few times – I thought the site had disappeared. :)
- MLB Contracts: A really cool blog run by a guy who doesn’t ID himself on the site, but some emails have said is Jeff. This is a site that exists to detail contract numbers for every player that you can think of. It’s not 100% all inclusive, as his info appears to come from submissions and watching the news, but it’s RARE that I go there to look up a player and can’t find the info. This isn’t one I visit regularly like a news site, but it is an awesome reference site.
- Baseball Reference.com: Most everyone should know about this one now. This is the king of obscure information – I’ve been linking to this site for years. If you’re looking for some weird piece of old information, then this is where you want to be. In more recent years it’s gotten fairly current as things are happening, but to me, this is where you go when you’re trying to think of a team’s record from 43 years ago – who played on that team? The depth of information at this site is spectacular. A surefire don’t miss.
I’ve added these four sites to a new sidebar block on my site called “Favorite Sites”. Again, this does not mean that I don’t think any of the local Rangers related sites are not “favorites”. This is for non Rangers specific sites.
Let me know if you use / know of these sites in the comments. Thanks!