Roughly a year after the formation of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, membership had reached a point where it was necessary to create individual chapters within the group. Each member of the BBBA was placed within the chapter that best represented the general focus of the blog. Volunteers within each chapter have stepped into leadership roles to help facilitate communication, assist with the various voting periods we conduct, and to help recognize the work of those members within.
The names and sites for each of our current Chapter Presidents, as well as brief bios, may be found by selecting any of links under this menu.
In addition to creating the Chapter President positions, expansions to the overall BBBA Leadership were later proposed and subsequently two additional positions were created in an effort to help facilitate communication, promote the members within the BBBA, and assist Daniel in running the group as a whole. At the behest of numerous members, we felt it would be appropriate to recognize those individuals here as well.
BBBA Founder – Daniel Shoptaw
Daniel Shoptaw is way too obsessed with this baseball thing. Besides his own blog, C70 At The Bat, he also is the founder of the United Cardinal Bloggers as well as the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. He can be heard on Gateway To Baseball Heaven and the UCB Radio Hour with regularity. He also has his own podcast, Conversations With C70, where he talks to bloggers and others about the game. His wardrobe is 85% Cardinal red. When he’s not wearing one of these many hats, he’s a CPA in Arkansas with a wonderfully patient wife and a son and a daughter that both already boo the Cubs.
President Ed Comber
Ed owns and runs the site foulballz.com. The site is dedicated to looking at the underappreciated foul ball. It also focuses on the fan experience. It’s pretty simple. He’s a freelance writer and editor, a reformed college-level Composition instructor, and proud daddy of two kids. His hobbies include drinking copious amounts of coffee and…that’s pretty much it.
Vice President Sean Morash. Offthebenchbaseball.com
Sean runs offthebenchbaseball.com, a mostly baseball blog. He was formerly an outfielder for the Vassar College Brewers, a Division III program in upstate New York. After the Brewers, Sean shifted focus from dominating the blog, to dominating international baseball as he became the head coach and number 2 hitter for the Erbach Grasshoppers, a semi-professional team competing in Germany’s Regionalliga Südwest. Sean’s commentary usually errs on the side of statistical analysis (he developed his own sabermetric, revised it, and then developed another one), though he does offer more general opinion pieces as well.
Executive Committee (10)
Daniel Shoptaw (Founder of the BBBA, Former President) – http://www.cardsconclave.com/c70/
- SEE ABOVE
Shawn Anderson, hallofverygood.com
Shawn Anderson is that guy who, instead of sitting there talking about the game going on around him, is talking wise about the history of baseball. He believes baseball figures such as Tommy John, Harold Baines, Ron Guidry and even Billy Martin deserve their own plaque somewhere if not in Cooperstown and that’s why he started The Hall of Very Good. Together with Lou Olsen, Shawn also co-hosts the weekly HOVG Podcast, an interview-style podcast that boasts the most eclectic group of guests of any baseball-centric show online.
Christine E, of bostonredthoughts.com
A Red Sox fan since the early 80’s, Christine started Boston Red Thoughts in 2006, and will celebrate its 11th anniversary in May. As a life-long resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania, she writes from the unique perspective of being a Redheaded Boston Fan in Yankeeland. She is mom to an amazing 5-year old daughter, who has already been to Fenway Park three times, and always cheers for the Red Sox.
Boston Red Thoughts has been nominated for Best Sports Blog, Blogger Choice Awards, and as one of the Top 20 sports Blogs of 2011 by Shape Magazine.
Christine has a BA in Theatre from Marywood University, and has done just about every theatrical job there is, including directing 40 shows (and counting) in her theatrical career. She also has her Master’s Degree in Psychology, and promises she does not analyze her friends. (Well, maybe a little.)
Christine has been a member of the BBA since its inception in 2009 and the Boston Chapters’ President since 2010. She can be found at www.bostonredthoughts.com, Facebook, and on Twitter as bostonredthots.
Peter Schiller of baseballreflections.com
Bill Ivie Jr. (Former President) http://www.i70baseball.com/
Christopher Carelli, SNY – https://www.sny.tv/chris_carelli/author/
Mark Aubrey, oldknoxvillebaseball.blogspot.ca
David Nichols, districtsportspage.com
We also have six Chapters (currently under revision to one which contains General, History, Fantasy, Miscellaneous, and Poscasts). Each of these Chapters and their respective members have blogs that discuss the game from a non-team specific standpoint. Some cover targeted aspects on the game – such as the History Chapter or Fantasy Baseball Chapter – while others cover the game as a whole – our General Chapter. Until further notice, these are the current Chapter prsidents.
Fantasy Baseball Chapter – Currently open
General Chapter – OPEN
History Chapter – Arne, Misc. Baseball
I run a blog, Misc. Baseball (http://miscbaseball.wordpress.com), that focuses on reprinting various news stories and images from baseball’s past that are significant or, at least to my mind, intriguing and worthy of note. The blog ranges in time from the start of pro baseball into the 2010s, and tries to bring to light some neglected topics in baseball history. But it also covers famous and notorious issues, such as the Juan Marichal-Johnny Roseboro fracas and the suicide of beloved ex-umpire Ron Luciano. I also have a website, 1995 Mariners (http://1995mariners.com), describing the impact the Mariners’ 1995 season had on baseball in Seattle and the Northwest.
Misc. Chapter – Currently open
Other Chapter – Gary, Victoria Seals Baseball Blog
Gary Belleville was born in Ottawa, Canada and graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics and a Computer Science major. Gary stubbornly continues to be a Montreal Expos fanatic in spite of their demise in 2004 and he holds out hope that he will see the day when “Nos Amours” finally return. Unable to truly cheer for any other MLB team, Gary now roots the 28 teams not named the Yankees or Red Sox and dreams of an MLB hard salary cap. In addition to being President of Other Baseball Chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, Gary is also a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia and spends much of his leisure time playing oldtimers’ hockey. He has also been a volunteer Big Brother with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Victoria since 1992.
Professional Chapter – Currently open
Below you’ll find each of the Chapter Presidents from our American League Chapters.
Baltimore Chapter – currently open
Boston Chapter – Christine, Boston Red Thoughts
A Red Sox fan since the early 80’s, Christine started Boston Red Thoughts in 2006, and will celebrate its 11th anniversary in May. As a life-long resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania, she writes from the unique perspective of being a Redheaded Boston Fan in Yankeeland. She is mom to an amazing 5-year old daughter, who has already been to Fenway Park three times, and always cheers for the Red Sox.Boston Red Thoughts has been nominated for Best Sports Blog, Blogger Choice Awards, and as one of the Top 20 sports Blogs of 2011 by Shape Magazine.Christine has a BA in Theatre from Marywood University, and has done just about every theatrical job there is, including directing 40 shows (and counting) in her theatrical career. She also has her Master’s Degree in Psychology, and promises she does not analyze her friends. (Well, maybe a little.)
Chicago (AL) Chapter – currently open
Cleveland Chapter – Nino, The Tribe Daily
Nino Colla is the Cleveland Chapter president of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and is one of the first members of his chapter. He has operated his blog, The Tribe Daily, since March of 2008 and has been a contributing writer for The Cleveland Fan since July of 2010. Nino attends The University of Akron full-time and will graduate in May of 2012 with a double major in communications. He plans on pursuing his Masters Degree in Higher Education upon graduation at Akron and continue to run his blog until the Indians win the World Series, when his head will likely explode from disbelief and joy.
Detroit Chapter – currently open
Kansas City – currently open
Los Angeles (AL) Chapter – James, True Grich
Minnesota Chapter – currently open
New York (AL) Chapter – Rob, Bronx Baseball Daily
Oakland Chapter – currently open
Seattle Chapter – Tim, Rays Colored Glasses
Tampa Bay Chapter – Devon, Seattle Mariners Musings
Texas Chapter – Micah, Baseball is my Boyfriend
Micah Chaplin, an Iowa native and resident, has turned her love affair with the Texas Rangers into a blog called, “Baseball is My Boyfriend.” She became a fan after a brief residence in Texas, where she worked in two daily newspapers in the DFW area. Now back in her home state of Iowa, she continues to keep up with her favorite boys of summer, watching nearly every game on TV, live tweeting games with fellow Rangers fans and attending the occasional road game (in attempt to fulfill her goal of visiting every MLB ballpark). She began writing “Baseball is My Boyfriend” in 2007, and she joined the My Team Rivals blog network in 2008 and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance in 2009.
Toronto Chapter – Ian, The Blue Jay Hunter
The earliest memory Ian has of going to a Blue Jays game was October 3rd, 1992. At the time, he didn’t realize the significance of the game, but it was the day that the Toronto Blue Jays clinched the pennant. To make the game even more memorable, his childhood hero Joe Carter hit his 34th homerun of the season that day.
Admittedly, Ian had a brief hiatus from Blue Jays fandom after the 1994 baseball strike up until around 2005. Unfortunately, Ian missed the Carlos Delgado golden years, but luckily rekindled his love for the Blue jays at the tail end of the Roy Halladay era.
Fast forward to today, and Ian is older (not necessarily wiser), but he still has that same passion for watching the Toronto Blue Jays.
Give him cold beer, a pulled pork sandwich, some pretzels, and the Blue Jays game on the big screen, and nobody gets hurt.
Next, we have the Senior Circuit. Each of the listed members are current Chapter Presidents from our National League Chapters.
Arizona Chapter – currently open
Atlanta Chapter – currently open
Chicago (NL) Chapter – Ryan, Prose and Ivy
Ryan is the executive editor of Prose and Ivy, a top 100 most visited MLBlog covering Chicago Cubs baseball. He is a staff writer for Baseball Digest and a contributing writer to MLB.com and Vine Line Magazine, the official publication of the Chicago Cubs. Ryan writes a column for NationalUnderclassmen.com covering high school football across the Northeast and Big 12 Conference football. His PGA column can be seen at BensGolf.com. You can read more from Ryan athttp://www.wix.com/maloney_ryan/sportsreporter.
Cincinnati Chapter – Shawn, Cincinnati Reds Blog
Shawn Weaver has been a Reds fan since the days of the Big Red Machine, and started the first Reds Blog, creatively titled the Cincinnati Reds Blog, in 2002.
Colorado Chapter – David, Rockies Review
Houston Chapter – James, Astros Country
Los Angeles (NL) Chapter – Scott, Lasorda’s Lair
Miami Chapter – currently open
Philadelphia Chapter – Rich, Fightin Phillies
Pittsburgh Chapter – Pat, Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke?
San Diego Chapter – Mike, Padres Trail
Mike Metzger has been President of the San Diego Chapter since May 2011. He started discussing box scores at a young age with his father, and has been hooked on baseball ever since. A 20-year Navy veteran, Mike had the good fortune to be stationed in San Diego near the end of his career; shockingly, he liked it so much he stayed. Mike has been writing about baseball since 2006 and about the Padres since 2009. He is a member for the San Diego SABR chapter Steering Committee and during the season works part-time as a datacaster for MLB Advanced Media. Baseball, family, Navy: other than that, he’s a dial-tone.
San Francisco Chapter – Steven, SF Giants Rumors
St. Louis Chapter – Daniel, C70 at the Bat
* Please note: Daniel’s full bio may be found on the main BBA Leadership page.
Washington Chapter – Dave, District Sports Page
Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief and Washington Nationals Page Editor for District Sports Page.com. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals and the Washington Capitals. Previously, he wrote Nats News Network and Caps News Network and spent four years in commercial radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. He co-hosts “Nats News Weekly”, an Internet radio show on PrimeSportsNetwork.com and has been a guest talking Caps and Nats on 106.7 The Fan and 106.7 HD in Washington, DC. In 2011, Dave wrote a weekly guest column for MASNSports.com about the Nationals. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP or @NationalsDSP.