10. Sean Burroughs Back in the Majors: 5/20/2011
For one of the feel good stories of the year, this one seemingly went under the radar. Burroughs wasn't particularly productive, but he got into 78 games for a team that made the playoffs, and had three more postseason at-bats than Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp or Jose Bautista. Burroughs signed a minor league contract with the Twins this offseason.
9. Moving Jose Bautista to 3B Makes Sense: 6/27/2011
Bautista ended up playing 25 games at third. I expect about the same in 2012.
8. The (Possible) End of the Matt Stairs Era Leads to Reflections on the Dan Duquette Era: 7/28/2011
This one got linked to on SoSH, a pretty big Red Sox forum, which propped up the hit count. I still believe, to this day, that Rudy Pemberton would've been the difference for the Sox in the late 1990's. Sigh...
7. Johnny Damon, Milestones, and the Hall of Fame: 6/20/2011
Damon hasn't yet received an offer from the Rays for 2012. He's remained a 2.0+ WAR player even in his decline phase. That should keep him employed somewhere as he marches toward 3,000 hits.
6. How good is BJ Upton? A Comparison: 6/28/2011
A post where I compared Upton's offense to that of Melky Cabrera.
5. Breakthrough Performances: Tommy Hottovy: 6/6/2011
He'll always have the series against the Athletics. After this post, Hottovy appeared in 5 games, gave up 3 runs in 2.2 innings, was designated for assignment, spent the rest of the year in Triple-A, and then signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. We hardly knew ye.
4. Bruins: 6/16/2011
People do a google image search, and found this incredibly academic post about the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup.
3. Should the Rays move out of Tampa Bay?: 6/23/2011
A lot of searches for this that specifically mentioned Brooklyn. I stand by this idea.
2. Bill Smith's Disastrous Trading Record as Twins GM: 5/16/2011
I followed this with another post regarding Delmon Young. A few Twins' blogs linked to this one, as the Twins had their worst season in over a decade. After the season, Smith was removed from the GM position and reassigned within the organization.
Traffic for this one came almost entirely from Google hits. The Mariners did indeed call up Ackley, about two weeks later. He hit .273/.348/.417 and played a solid second base. His 2.5 WAR ended up second on the team, behind Brendan Ryan. It didn't help the Mariners, who collapsed anyway.
It was a fun year - a lack of other important responsibilities over the summer allowed me to post more than I'd ever been able to, and I really enjoyed it - I have to believe it led to me getting the SoxProspects.com opportunity. Thank anyone who read for a great 2011!