vitamix coupon code 06 001345 viagra pure europe buy anafranil 10mg top sites for cialis 5 mg cialis prices prescription solutions forms pharmacokinetics of cefadroxil monohydrate voltaren tablets cymbalta antidepressant viagra for sale in las vegas disgrasil pastillas para adelgazar diroton 20mg melatonin colchicine 0.6 mg for sale effects of duphaston medicine femara generic form how much is cialis at walgreens duetact 30mg methadone buy codeine cough syrup no prescription china syntroid windsor pharmacy canada clenbuterol cycle side effects mirtazapine side effects antidepressants dosage buy viagra in nepal 3 perfect rx tadalafil oxybutynin er 10mg tab myla ventolin inhaler salbutamol dosage india drug pharmacy feldene gel 0.5 piroxicam how much is viagra without insurance farmacia canadiense viagra mincorp plc chloroquine dosage children olmesartan medoxomil side effects can you get high off indomethacin 50 mg abilify medication and weight gain decadron injection side effects farmacia online italia viagra generico bestherbal bizbetafusin disease definition short zocor warnings motilium domperidone drug side effects keppra 500mg viagra sildenafil online arthritis medication for dogs over the counter viagra ireland online phenergan suppository pregnancy viagra einzeln kaufen escitalopram 10mg picture losartan hydrochlorothiazide 100 25 buy ciprodex ear drops metronidazole contraindication clozapine drug classification viagra substitutes from uk cheep clonidine how to order prednisone 10 mg buy motilium uk sildenafil citrate 100mg tab prices obestat reductil reviews oxybutynin 10 mg er apcalis online uroxatral side effects bph logowanie lorinol tablets sale malegra fxt online with free shipping xlpharmacy canada weather masszone laboratories buy real lexapro online overnight microcidal 500 ciales pr sda levobiotic 500mg equals pinamox caps 500mg amoxicillin uses binozyt antibiotic resistance amoxil 500mg antibiotics side effects order escitalopram online haldol dosage for cats real phiser viagra pills domperidone tablets vomistop buy prescription viagra online sumycin dosage for amoxicillin buy codeine depomedrol side effects combivent inhaler order on line no rx software applications definition pyridium 200mg dosage rythmol sr 225 side effects buspirone hcl vs xanax femara infertility letrozole antibiotics for sale online from canada glucophage dosage form cialis 5mg tablets australia plavix shoping albenza albendazole or vermox mebendazole flonase otc or rx discount canadian pah promethazine with codeine lisinopril 10mg kegunaan provera lesofat price manila vicodin overdose treatment vidalta bosques tropicales pills that get you high list mirapex side effects disease viagra for women price cialis daily 5 mg price diovan side effects valsartan arava side effects price for cialis at walmart buy qnexa online canadiana pharmcy in sarasato hctz 50mg online no prescription drugs 193 dth 24 b kamal kunj mumbai india viagra professional for sale sildenafilo normon dutasteride without prescription distribuidora mincorp restonite ambien baclofen no prescriptions combivent inhaler medication coupons rx4 com pharmacy potensmedel cialis midamor manufacturers achat cialis et viagra osu cialis pagamento paypal naproxen sodium side effects high blood pressure lotemax gel price vrdrug medicine man amlodipine benazepril side effects medication levaquin for sinus infections dr reddys finasteride elocon ointment 0.1 mometasone furoate cialis 5 mg prezzo what is ampicillin 500mg capsules used for alli canadian pharcharmy online phentermine reviews weight loss kamagra by ajanta pharma cefadroxil 500 mg for bronchitis canadian pharmacies mail order paypal wellbutrin 150 sr canada no rx order viagra 100mg lamictal for depression only celebrex dosages paracetamol tablets drugs cephalexin for dogs and humans tamsulosin side effects low blood sugar zestoretic 10 12.5 mobic medication meloxicam allopurinol side effects medications viagra tablets available in chenna adderall xr side effects in women forzest ranbaxy labs phexin 750 gold buy viagra and prigily zyban side effects wellbutrin seizures betacin medication premarin tablets 0.625 coupon blue pill with watson 540 viagra super active analgin wikipedia aprovel 150 side effects generic online pharmacies navidoxine tablet dosage isotretinoin online female viagra fda xalatan discount couponxanax sildenafil citrate 250mg generic cialis e20 viagra super active plus 100 mg meprate to start period sooner fast delivery generic viagra cheapest viagra price best antifungal cream viagra pill house pharm support group viagra kamagra oral jelly uk delivery 270 online thailand pharmacies finasteride 5mg side effects espanol diflucan 100 mg buy metformin without prescription sumycin capsules vs softgelssunsuria strattera side effects children anger real viagra for less omnicef side effects antibiotics children buy gabapentin quick delivery from uk buy 125 mcg synthroid lamictal side effects rash lexapro buy online no script candida pharmacy viagra civox antibiotico denvar diazepam information dose import stemetil australia flagyl antibiotic used to treat uti pulmicort inhaler medication sublingual nitroglycerin protocol herb viagra sale 79 generic macrobid periostat drug interaction buy generic viagra online cheap salbutamol guaifenesin mechanism of action dapoxetine spain canadian online pharmacy chains enalapril for dogs kidneys canada pharmacy without script viagra cialis online nifedipine er side effects medication apertium viewerframe buy one live pharmicy on line sales of viagra generic viagra online north america rumafen medicine park aspirin 81mg ec street value of meloxicam 15 mg viagra tablet canadian prices pergotime tablets sale maxifort zimax sildenafil 100 pheromones for men to attract women nexium 40 mg cipla drugs list accutane online canada buy phenergan online no prescription viagra were best to purchase on line best over the counter erection pill mexican pharmacy where can i get nolvadex viagra cialis combo pack quelle site pour acheter dhea et cialis metformin 500mg side effects en espanol adderall withdrawal symptoms xlpharmacy discount code prednisone and alcohol reactions maxifort zimax 50mg flovent hfa inhaler coupons software house international careers albuterol sulfate online amoxil without script order clonidine online overnight duetact medication pletal medication information nosipren lowest price hotels canadian meds 24hr mupirocin uses in dogs where can i buy a z pack online effexor side effects effexor and weight gain viagra price at walmart buy levothyroxine sodium online clozapine drug study cialis price australia buy levothyroxine tablets online suprax with no prescription clomiphene citrate tablets 50mg for men lergigan compass my canadian pharmacy legitimate topiramate without rx levamisole wormer cialis viagra generika best place to purchase malegra online rocaltrol indications pharmacy times continuing education for pharmacy technicians celexa through mail pramipexole 0.125 mg viagra dhe efektet e saj what happens if u overdose on seroquel colchicine side effects colchicine gout mild acne accutane before and after pictures generic cialis online uk amiloride diuretics natural arthritis treatment for cats zenegra 100 how to use buy cat antibiotics online triderm cream fludrex uses rxlist com drug interaction checker sureway construction edmonton alberta acivir tablets image baclofen pump implanted generic cialis online usa master card bausch & lomb lotemax coupon zyprexa lawsuit zyprexa side effects ed hardy online site seroquel withdrawal symptoms side effects purchase lasix deliver london cardura xl reviews spain viagra over the counter ibuprofen dosage chart for children dormidina suicidio sin medazole 500px estradiol valerate estrogens sildenafil citrate side effects in women walgreens cialis 5mg price in canada online canadian drugs paypal coumadin and alcohol consumption wholesale viagra from china what is maxolon tablets used for irbesartan generic atenolol side effects impotence contact 500mg i need viagra overnight delivery canada simular to bisalic ephedraxin does it work remeron side effects canadian neighborhood pharmacy reviews azithromycin over the counter usa 400mg flagyl medicine mtabs complaints of a dutiful daughter como consigomisoprostol en guatemala aleve pm cheapest generic viagra online viagra purchase without perscription caffeine powder gnc furosemide side effects mayo clinic how much cialis should i take quinine sulfate for leg cramps side effects bonadoxina pfizer medication program non prescription 400mg viagra fluconazole 150mg treatment for oral thrush warfarin and alcohol amlodipine side effects swelling manufacturer of esomeprazole magnesium trihydrate order lipitor without prescription singulair generic release date medicine for sale in canada sildenafil antibiotics for sale online uk clomid for men side effects treatment does doxycycline go bad pain pills online canada euroclinix ukc viagra on line con mastercard safe to take excedrin and prednisone nizoral a d 2 anti dandruff shampoo lidocaine patch coupons rizatriptan benzoate maxalt mlt 10mg drug interactions zyrtec allergy medication information cipro antibiotic levita online viagra generic usa tadapox reviews of fifty safe viagra sites buy synthroid no prescription levaquin side effects levofloxacin 750 mg budesonide inhalation suspension 0.25 buy celebrex no prescription ospamox 500mg usage buspar 30mg canada no prescription side effects of prazosin for cats retino a india suhagraat scenes india digoxin drug medication cialis generika 5mg kaufen women viagra pills in india anafranil dosage information clozapine drug level garlic mashed potatoes with sour cream buying valtrex in united states dentopain forte definition ampicillin with out a dr voltaren retard 100 mg for sale buy promethazine w codeine syrup online 33 drugstore online antibiotics overnight prazosin minipress oxybutynin chloride treatment list of vipps certified online pharmacy plavix 75 mg tabs norfloxacin antibiotic doctor prinivil side effects cough birth control pill aviane reviewsavodart overnight delivery for metronidazole valium overdose suicide femara letrozole 2.5mg amoxicillin side effects zenerx male enhancement nebivololum 5mg and pregnancy diane stretton lawsuits zyrtec 10mg amerimedrx reviews for 50 cataflam 50 mg diclofenac potassium avapro 150 mg irbesartan cost of qsymia at walmart canadian family pharmacy reviews para que sirve la prednisona 5 mg vpxl cheap prices buy ephedrine online from canada lipvas tablets for sale can you have alcohol with fluconazole aciphex online no prescription combitic global caplet private limited viapro male enhancement non prerscription hydroclothiazide betacin tablets sale mexitil mexiletine side azithromycin chlamydia topamax and alcohol use antidepressant drug philippines tylenol side effects in elderly viagra jell cap comprar viagra para mujer aleve ingredients side effects avelox for uti infection astelin side effects forum cordarone 200 mg daily clenbuterol side effects in humans buying clomid with paypal doxycycline for sale decadron dosage for dogs laxadin bisacodyl suppositories insurance auto auctions homepage lumigan coupons percocet 5 325 vs vicodin es 750 caverta 100mg metformin hcl 500 mg tablet no prescription cialis canada betnovate cream medicine doctor diclofenac over the counter pharmacy technician salary california can you get clomid from gp cialis generic 5 mg octreotide drip esophageal varices progesterone levels in early pregnancy numbers escitalopram side effects medication why did flappy bird get primatene taken off the marketprobenecid zestoretic 20 25mg lisinopril medication generic name seroquel 25mg dosage octreotide infusion protocol generic cipro overnight delivery atarax side effects anxiety propecia online canada pharmacy where can i buy misoprostol motilium for sale viagra dp atrovent inhaler dosage lincocin antibiotic treatment losartan 50 mg price cialis generic on line generic provigil reviews aciphex 20mg medication price retino ac gel reviews buy viagra online cyprus valium and alcohol overdose how much augmentin for sinus infection in children methylprednisolone online sales hoodia weight loss usa pharmacy where can i buy meloxicam cheap sildenafil citrate uk atosil tabletten metformin and pregnancy lossmetmorfinmetocarbamol lisinopril recall 2013 buy lyrica no prescription stilnox 10mg baclofen 10mg tablets side effects viagra del canada reductil pastile de slabit cafea viagra24 0rg noroxin dosage buy kamagra wholesale bystolic 10 mg tablet wellbutrin dosage for weight loss amoxicillin dosage for urinary tract infection prednisone for cats no prescription paracetamol mechanism of action analgesic unisom for morning sickness birth control pills online store order prednisone online from canada store gucci new york marcumar warfarin non rx synthroid 112 micardis hct generic name reliable viagra supplier uk cialis overnight delivery canada no recipe canada drug item order promethazine codeine from canada metformin and alcohol consumption risk trial samples of viagra but generic lexapro online cheap primox portugal generic viagra soft plendil er 2.5 mg viagra cialis better cialis 100mg kaufen viamedic coupon code viagra commercial actress anastrozole bodybuilding side effects minoxidil shampoo store to buy product caverta 50 tablets prednisona de 5 mg micardis side effects telmisartan septra suspension without prescription www ordering perictin catafast dosage cialis 5mg tablets oxybutynin er 10mg tab amazon vagra buy accutane in large quanity diazepam for dogs seizures flagyl 500 india progesterone deficiency buy advair from mexico bactrim over the counter walgreens levitra 20 mg reviews orderpharma reviews on fifty permethrin insecticide toxicity
Home Biz of Baseball - Interviews An Interview with Former MLB All-Star Morgan Ensberg on Blogging, Social Media

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 498 guests online

Atom RSS

An Interview with Former MLB All-Star Morgan Ensberg on Blogging, Social Media PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 3
PoorBest 
Written by Matthew Coller   
Sunday, 06 June 2010 22:45

Morgan EnsbergIn a recent guest column for ESPN, former Major League Baseball All-Star Morgan Ensberg said his dream wasn’t to be a ballplayer, it was to be a husband and father. He achieved his goal while spending eight seasons in the big leagues. After Ensberg retired in 2009, he set out to become baseball’s new best analyst. But, it turned out that analyst jobs are tough to get, so Ensberg did the next best thing: he started a blog.

The first post on “Morgan Ensberg’s IQ” came on Feb. 26, was entitled “Hey Yo!” The post reads, “I am Morgan Ensberg and this is a blog that teaches you about baseball. Not crap, but solid fundamentally based strategy and teaching. Each week I will teach you something about the game either at the professional or amateur level.”

Ensberg’s original goal of teaching readers about the game has taken all sorts of twists and turns. He’s featured posts on steroids, leadership, Sabermetrics and perhaps most intriguingly, the media. Posts are written from behind the eyes of a big league ballplayer, they are often biased, at times condescending, but always strikingly honest and interesting. Ensberg’s blog lays the cards on the table and if you don’t agree with his take, he’ll battle you like your comment was 3-2 count.

Though the rudimentary presentation lets readers know Ensberg is new to the blog game, his site offers something rarely found outside of the occasional 140 characters: The opportunity to get to know and interact with a professional athlete. Some posts have near 200 comments, many of them are back-n-forths between Ensberg and readers. But what prompted Ensberg to want to communicate with baseball fans?

Biz of Baseball decided to chat with Morgan Ensberg about his experiences blogging and the relationships between players, fans and the media.

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE THE INTERVIEW MORGAN ENSBERG

Matthew Coller for The Biz of Baseball: What prompted you to start a blog? It seems you often discuss media/ player relationships and issues but also on-field stuff, how do you decide what stories to cover?

Ensberg quoteMorgan Ensberg: I started the blog to get a job. This last off-season I sent my resume to all of the teams in MLB. I received responses that said, "Thank you for your resume. We don't have anything right now, but we will file your resume for future consideration. When I read that, it struck me. How do the teams know if I understand the game or not? So in an attempt to answer that question, I started a blog. The surprise of the experience was the response. I had spoken to ESPN about really teaching the game to viewers, but I don't think I was able to convey what I was talking about. Fortunately, this blog has helped confirm my ideas. Fans want honesty and they are tired of hearing rhetoric. If you look at a game covered today on TV, most people could do what the "color" analyst can do. They don't teach fans a thing...most of the time they are talking about "how great they were." It's embarrassing to me as a ball player. But, that is all you fans know so you are getting horrible information that wouldn't be said on the bench or in a clubhouse. This blog is about being honest and being accessible to readers. I want to teach fans how to watch the game. You would have to hear me to understand. My goal is to teach.

As for topics there is usually something I see during a game that reminds me to explain that to fans. As for off-field topics, I scan the news. If you don't know, I have a big problems with headlines that don't match the article. So when I see something that just doesn't look right, I read it to see if the story makes sense. The other option is from readers. They send me questions or articles to check out. It is a fun group we have. I have been so happy that fans participate in the discussions. It is a really incredible team we have over here.

Coller: If media is the only way we get to know players personalities, how well do fans really get to know the players they cheer for? Do you think many players use social media in attempt to be understood
better?

Ensberg quoteEnsberg: Fans don't know a thing about players. They know a "character" out on the field. They read their comments and they listen to their interviews and think that they know them. It is so far from the truth. Fans think that because they see guys every night in a game that they somehow have a understanding of if a guy is considered a "good guy or bad guy." The reality is that most fans think the "good players" are good guys, and the "bad players" are bad guys. It's easy to trick fans.

Coller: We've seen all sorts of things happen since the invention of Twitter, everything from players accidentally breaking news, to trash talking to more positive things players promoting their charities etc. If you were managing a big league club, what types of Twitter guidelines or social media advice would you give to your players?

Ensberg: I wouldn't give any rules for what they want to say. Who cares? If they want to talk poorly or do something stupid then it is on them to account for their comments. If they are leaking information then it will eventually catch up to them. If it doesn't catch up to them then so be it. My job as a manager would be to clearly define what we as an organization expect out of the player. My goal would be to understand what makes our players tick and show them that I care about them as people. Outside of that, I am not going to be a "Hall Monitor." I don't know the reasons why a player uses social media. I use it to actually talk with readers and to ask for help. It is an amazing resource to get opinions and help on things that I have zero idea about.

It (social media) gives them more information about a person’s character. If anything, players should tread cautiously and understand that social media could hurt their career if they slip.

Coller: How can fans know who to cheer for? Or who's the good guys / bad guys?

Ensberg : Fans should cheer for players who are trying. They shouldn't pretend like they know a player's personality.

Coller: You and I recently argued via Twitter about an issue involving "unnamed sources" and volatile club houses...the incident with Mets players talking about the Perez issue is somewhat similar to the
Griffey asleep in the clubhouse deal.... do you think players sometimes use reporters to send a message, knowing that the reporter won't put their name in the article?

Ensberg quoteEnsberg: My belief is that this "anonymous" comment stuff is abused. Players who gossip are cowards. People shouldn't use the newspapers as a form of personal communication. Reporters should hold players accountable for their comments. The fact is that a reporter who isn't willing to get fired over the comment shouldn't print it. That just seems obvious to me. Anonimity should be treated with respect and used only in extreme cases.

Coller: Where’s Morgan Ensberg’s blog headed? Trying to grow into a business or show the world you can be a good analyst?

Ensberg: I would like to grow the blog and make it a business. It has been fun talking with the readers and it is fun learning from them. By constantly talking with the readers, I am able to learn what information they seek. It is incredible the amount of participation that goes on and I hope that grows.


Matthew Coller is a senior staff member of the Business of Sports Network, and is a freelance writer. He can be followed on Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on Twitter Twitter

FacebookFollow the Business of Sports Network on Facebook

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?