Our 3rd Knuckle-versary!

I’m as well aware as anyone that once you reach a certain age, you prefer to stop counting your birthdays. I tried to stop a couple of decades ago. But anniversaries are always worth celebrating, right?

Our humble little blog here at Knuckleballs turns just three years old this week and we’re still counting!

KnuckleballsBlueLogo1.jpgIn fact, not only are we still counting, but we’re still growing and we have all of you, our readers, to thank for that!

A year ago, as we were looking back at our first two years in the Twins blogging community and at the upcoming year, we were thrilled that our readership had grown from about 30,000 visitors the first year to more than 50,000 in the second year. At the same time, we questioned whether we might see our readership plateau a bit or maybe even drop off. The super-bloggers over at TwinsDaily were just kicking off their fantasic site and we recognized that, while it was a brilliant idea, it could have a dampening effect on readership for smaller “independent” blogs like ours.

Apparently, we needn’t have worried about that. In the past 12 months, we’ve had over 92,000 visitors stop by Knuckleballs. (Some of you even stay long enough to read something.) I’m not sure what to attribute the continued increase to, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt to add Eric and his contributions to our group!

We don’t have any significant changes planned for the coming season, though we may tweak a few things here and there. We’ll continue to open up GameChat windows for almost every Twins game and, of course, we’ll continue our usual not-so-serious approach to being Twins fans. I’m personally also really looking forward to including more posts focused on my home town Cedar Rapids Kernels this summer, now that they’re affiliated with the Twins.

We never really got in to this project with the expectation of huge readership numbers, but it is gratifying that so many people find the work we do to be worth the time to check in from time to time.

Thank you!

Babs, Eric, KL and JC


Minnesota Twins Podcast – Talk to Contact – Episode 27

Episode 27 of the Twins baseball podcast,  Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.


Eric and Paul discuss the Twins news of the week, ranging from the Oswaldo Arcia injury, the CF competition, Joe Mauer‘s twins to the Baseball Prospectus prospect rankings. They are joined this week by Kristen Brown (kbrobaseball.blogspot.com) to talk about spring training, voodoo paper dolls and being a female sports writer in a male dominated world. After K-Bro the twins take a closer look at Gary Gaetti‘s time in Minnesota, and Deolis Guerra‘s future with the organization before getting into the world of beer and stolen sausages.

If you enjoy our podcast, please take a couple extra minutes and rate and review us on iTunes (ratings and reviews have magical iTunes powers, which buy us beers).

You can follow Paul on Twitter (@BaseballPirate) or read his writing at  Puckett’s Pond.

– ERolfPleiss