March 2, 2011, 12:37 p.m. That's True Blue Los Angeles, if you're scoring.
In this second of a series on Dodger blogs I admire, we turn our attention to the queso grande of TBLA, Eric Stephen. And I if were giving out trophies – and perhaps I will – I'd tab True Blue the "Best In-Depth Analysis Award," with a strong recommendation that you bookmark and visit often throughout the calendar year.
Here's the Q & A with Eric Stephen:
Baseball Savvy: When and how did you get started? What was the thought process?
BS: Who are the men (and women) behind TBLA? It was you first, correct, adding on as you went along?
ES: "True Blue LA started way back on March 30, 2006 by a man named Michael Nicks. He joined the small baseball blogging network known as SB Nation. Andrew Grant, who ran a site called Dodger Math, joined later in 2006 and ran things at True Blue LA for a little over two years. Phil joined in 2007, and brought me along in December 2009. Since then, we have added fine writers David Young, Michael White, Brandon Lennox, and Chad Moriyama."
BS: Do you make a living with TBLA, or do you have "real" jobs too?
BS: What are your personal goals in blogging / freelance writing / baseball / work?
I write about the Dodgers for the love of it. I think about the Dodgers 24/7 anyway, so blogging gives me an outlet to express the thoughts that are always in my head. I try not to think about the pay aspect of it too much; if I write because I enjoy it and because it is fun, that will show in the writing.
I'm not sure I could give an accurate number on how many hours per week I spend writing the blog, but if I thought about it as a job I probably wouldn't have any fun doing it. I'd like to think that blogging could eventually lead to some sort of full-time job writing about baseball, but if that happens it will come in time. It is not something I am worried about right now.
While SB Nation Los Angeles is geared for a more general audience than the incredible minutiae of, say, True Blue LA (I have a very detailed post, for instance, on every possible detail of the Dodgers payroll), it has allowed me to follow the Lakers more closely than I have in years, just by writing about them nearly every day this season."
BS: Thoughts on new media and the Dodgers, and how you fit into the grand scheme of things?
BS: Can you give me a typical day-in-the-life of the blog during the season?
I write the bulk of the posts on True Blue LA (I looked it up at some point this offseason, and found that I wrote 140 of the 162 game recaps last year, for instance). Phil Gurnee, David Young, and Michael White write about general topics, while Brandon Lennox focuses mostly on the minor leagues, and Chad Moriyama writes about prospects as well as detailed technical analysis."
ES: "Dodger-related: I read Dodger Thoughts, Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness, and the acerbic wit of Sons of Steve Garvey. Non-Dodger-related: Anything written by Joe Posnanski; Bill Simmons; now-fellow SB Nation writer Rob Neyer; and the American Idol recaps by the great Paul F. Tompkins."
BS: What's your defense of/offense to "new statistics." Which ones do you use/not use?
BS: What's your opinion of Frank McCourt's performance? Any prediction on how it'll play out?
BS: Dodgers chances in 2011?
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