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Thanks, Baltimore Mag, For Naming The Loss Column a 2011 “Best Of”

Well this was a nice surprise. Baltimore Magazine is out today with their annual “Best of Baltimore” issue and The Loss Column has been named one of the area’s “Top Ten Blogs”.

According to the writeup, No blog covers local sports with as much wisdom. With a decidedly realistic/pessimistic perspective, it asks questions like, “What if the Orioles never win again?”

Check it out online here.

I have to say that I’m incredibly grateful. It was just earlier this year when I gave considerable thought to shutting things down, and even though I retooled my approach I still had days when I wondered if maybe this whole thing had just run its course.

Lately, though, I’ve been feeling reinvigorated and recognition like this tells me that it isn’t for naught. I dig that.

So thanks, Baltimore Magazine, and thanks to all of you who join me here. Commenters and non-commenters alike, daily visitors and occasional drop-ins. I owe ya one.

17 comments to Thanks, Baltimore Mag, For Naming The Loss Column a 2011 “Best Of”

  • ryan97ou

    nicely done neal. well deserved.

  • dan the man

    Huzzah! TLC FTW.

  • Andrew

    well that’s pretty cool.

  • Snack Attack

    Well done! Yay, Neal.

    Also: Thanks for the link to the Baltimore Mag blog list. I will have to check them out. I’m apparently not the only “Baltimore Snacker.”

  • Mike R

    Nice work man. you deserve it. congrats.

  • jeffrey duncan

    Felicidades. Don’t even think about shutting it down. I’ll make TLC my homepage so you get paid a lot, OK? Also: hard times, hard times. Keep fighting the good fight N.

  • Mike R

    Tim Kurkjian just said that the Pirates were interested in Derrek Lee, but what they offered “wasn’t even close” to what the Orioles wnted in return.

    Lee is worth a 6-pack of light beer at best. Take what you can get MacPhail!!

  • Mike R

    Lets welcome the next 2 underacheiving Orioles, Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis. Adios Koji.

  • Larry

    Great news, Neal! And well-deserved.

  • Dan H

    Hey congrats, Neal. They are spot on in what they said.

  • Kevin

    Awesome job Neal. Buy you a beer next time at happy hour

  • dan the man

    Not at all sold on Chris Davis, but I would have traded Koji straight up for Tommy Hunter. A 25-year-old bulldog who already knows the AL and gets a lot of ground balls? I’ll take that. In the meantime, we’ll watch Chris Davis do a decent Mark Reynolds impression and if he flops, at least we have some more depth at the corners.

  • Andrew

    @ dan the man:
    Not sure who you mean. The Tommy Hunter the Orioles picked up has a grounder/flier ratio of about 1:1 in his career.

  • dan the man

    @ Andrew:
    Ha! Fair enough, I thought I read somewhere that he got ground balls so shame on me for not fact-checking. Either way, AL pitcher with a mid-3’s ERA just last year. I mean, you have to take that. I’ve already read your CC post on him and realize you’re not impressed, but I’m not sure why you think he’s likely going to pitch in the “high 4’s”. I understand the peripherals thing, but clearly he’s no slouch. If there’s anything to be concerned about, I think it’s his health, not his talent.

  • Andrew

    @ dan the man:
    I will say that I think there’s a non-trivial chance that he effectively replaces Koji’s bullpen role long-term if the starting thing doesn’t work out for him. Not as well as Koji, obviously. That’s a high bar for anybody. But I’m thinking sort of like 2010 Jason Berken.

    But why not see what he can give for the next two months? Nothing at all to lose. I just wish the team had the same attitude towards Reimold.

  • dan the man

    @ Andrew:
    What do you think is in store for Pie? I don’t know how you can justify giving him anything but 4th outfielder duty with the numbers he’s put up. He can’t hit, steal, bunt, or play consistent defense, though, so he’s not even a good 4th outfielder. It’s time to cut bait on Felix. Can’t really trade him, either. Fuckin’ mess of a situation. Vlad really screwed up a lot more than that I thought he would, admittedly.

  • Andrew

    @ dan the man:
    he’s got to get non-tendered in the winter, right? He’s been terrible this year and has lost whatever “potential” shine he might once have had, and he’ll be due to make a million+ bucks to be the fourth outfielder in 2012.

    So yeah, I’d go so far as to say that if Pie is still with the team in March it’s grounds for just giving up on them entirely.