RAB’s Top Ten Posts of 2011

Updated: Yankees bid $15M for Darvish
Past Trade Review: Javier Vazquez, Part II

As 2011 drew to a close, I poked around on Google Analytics, as I often do. We had over 16 million pageviews last year, and were it not for ALDS Game 5, we would have had more. We had a noticeably significant drop-off in traffic after the Yanks’ early departure from the October dance.

While I’m a few days late on it this year, I always like to highlight our top ten most trafficked posts of the year. As always these do not include game threads or open threads.

1. Predicting MLB Trade Rumors’ Top 50 Free Agents
Our most popular post of the year hit in November when Joe tried to predict landing spots for MLBTR’s top free agents of the winter. So far, out of his top ten predictions, he’s 2 for 9 with one still out there. That one, of course, is Edwin Jackson.

2. 2011 Preseason Top 30 Prospects
Mike ran down his top 30 prospects of the season shortly before Spring Training began. Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos took the top two spots, and I believe they’ll do the same again next month.

3. Camp Notes: Rotation, Burnett, Jeter, CC, More
This was a post from the first day of Spring Training. While the news was bland, it was baseball. We had waited all winter for that first day of camp.

4. Brian Cashman, Prevaricator Extraordinaire?
As the Yanks’ offseason continued, it’s been one of stasis. The team, in need of a pitcher, seems committed to bringing back nearly the same club — sans Jorge and Bartolo — as last year, and Brian Cashman keeps perpetuating the notion that the Yanks are just waiting out the right move. Moshe wondered in December if it was all just a ruse to keep potential trade partners from trying to take advantage of the club with all of the money.

5. Yankees made bid for Darvish, high bidder could be announced tonight
That bid, we learned today, was for a meager $15 million, but everyone wanted to talk about Darvish.

6. Report: Indians, others have interest in Swisher
Despite the fact that he’s a very solid right fielder who fits well into the Yankee lineup and comes with a very affordable price tag, Yankee fans have searched high and low to find ways to trade Nick Swisher. Just before Christmas, word got out that a few teams, including the Indians, would be interested in a deal. Of course, trading Swisher just opens up another hole in the Yankee lineup and one not easily filled. He’ll be around on Opening Day.

7. 2011 Draft: Yankees take Dante Bichette Jr. with 51st overall pick
Many raised eyebrows and a good number of complaints were silenced by a stellar Gulf Coast League debut for the now-19-year-old Bichette.

8. Hideki Irabu, 42, found dead in Los Angeles home
The troubled former Yankee took his own life after a battle with his own inner demons and lofty expectations. Irabu was a heralded Japanese import who never lived up to his reputation.

9. Repeating History with Yu Darvish
Considering the Yanks were never that into Yu Darvish, he certainly garnered a lot of discussion this fall. He and the Rangers, by the way, have yet to work out a deal, but indications are that he will sign. Can he front a rotation that’s been searching for a true ace for a while?

10. Yankees win bidding for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima
The Yanks put in a $2 million bid on Nakajima seemingly as an afterthought, and scouts say he’s not much of a hitter or fielder. Right now, it doesn’t sound as though a deal is on the horizon, but the two sides have until Friday to work out a contract.

So the hot topics were mostly about free agency and the winter of our discontent. The Yanks lost an ALDS they could have won and have yet to make a splash with Spring Training just a few weeks away. We yearned for Darvish; we got Nakajima; and we’re still waiting for some of those top 50 free agents to sign. It was a great ride in 2011, and we’ll be here again, of course, for 2012.

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Updated: Yankees bid $15M for Darvish
Past Trade Review: Javier Vazquez, Part II
  • http://twitter.com/steveh603 Steve H

    Is this the first year the top 10 didn’t include a (or multiple) Joba posts?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      I’d have to go back into the archives, but I think that’s correct. No Joba nothing this year. What a shame.

      • http://www.twitter.com/twilkinsonmedia T-Dubs

        I tried to save the streak last minute but failed.

  • JayKapJr

    2 for 8 with Fielder and Jackson still available… No?

  • Avi

    16 Million pageviews, or about how many dollars Edwin Jackson wants per season.
    Ben, How is that number counted? When you refresh the page to see new comments or posts does that count as a new pageview?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    I’m surprised that none of them were game recaps, they are always my favorite and I look forward to reading them in the morning even though I watch or listen to all the games. I know that game threads weren’t included, were game recaps?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      The game recaps don’t get many views. The posts you see above are ones that people refer back to all the time, whereas a recap is basically a one and done thing.

  • Erica

    If game threads were included, what would the top 10 be?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      The Trade Deadline Open Thread would have been number two, then ALDS Game Three, Game 135, and Game 159 would have been numbers 6-8. Game 135 was Montero’s debut, Game 159 was the last game against the Red Sox. ALDS Game Two would have been number ten.

      • Erica

        Thanks! Pretty cool stuff. I was at Game 159 and it was worthy of at least 5 threads. Nothin’ like a Red Sox blowout!

  • forensic

    How do they calculate which post was being looked at since when you go to the page there are numerous posts you can scroll to at any time without clicking on any particular one?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Those are considered visits to the homepage.