B3 and Geeking announce merger
PITTSBURGH — In a move sure to shock the baseball world, two extremely influential blogs — at least according to their author — have announced they will merge into one super-blog.
From this point forward, B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful will be THE place to come for coverage of the Minor Leagues AND the draft. Geeking on the Draft will cease operations immediately, making it easier for fans to have one-stop shopping for the future stars of the game.
“It took some intense negotiations, and it got ugly at times, but we got a deal done,” a relieved B3 operator Jonathan Mayo said. “We hope this merger makes B3 the biggest MLBlog out there and at the very least lets people have to come to only one place for the best inside info on the Minor Leagues and the draft.”
There were few immediate changes to announce, other than a change in B3′s subhead to include its new dual focus. As the season approaches — the draft season, in many ways, kicks off in earnest in early February with a high school showcase at the Urban Youth Academy — B3 will post frequently on both subjects. While having separate blogs for each subject seemed ideal in the past, the recent economic downturn made the merger a necessity. While Geeking owner Jonathan Mayo was reluctant to give up creative control of the draft blog, he didn’t see any other choice.
“I really don’t like that Mayo character, but what can you do?” said Mayo, who will still be a consultant on B3. “I’ll just have to hold my nose and do what I can to ensure he doesn’t mess up the draft coverage on the new blog. I’m trying to see the silver lining. By combining forces, we should be able to move up the MLBlogs Top 100 list.”
In 2008, B3 finished No. 24 on the MLB Pro Blogs Top 100, while Geeking came in at No. 26.