In the summer of 2008, Brennan Weiss founded Mets v Phillies Debate blog (www.mvpdebate.blogspot.com) to cover the intense rivalry between the two teams. Along with 11 other writers from around the country, Brennan began writing about the Phillies and Mets. In 2010, as the rivalry proved to be weakening, Brennan expanded the site to cover the rest of MLB.
Today, 15 contributors from around the country volunteer their time to discuss baseball for their love of the game. Our diverse group of passionate and knowledgable writers proves that sometimes just talking baseball can relieve the stress of daily life. We write about everything baseball – trades, rumors, free agent signings, player/team performances, and any other news surrounding the game. We are dedicated to continuing the spread of our passion for the game to others and keep the conversations fresh, even if we find ourselves in debate every now and then.
Why Baseball Revival?
When the site expanded from Mets/Phillies coverage to the entire MLB, Brennan felt the site needed to be ravamped. After much consideration and frustration, Brennan quit trying to think of some clever, smooth-sounding brand name and thought about why he started writing in the first place. The initial purpose of the blog was to create a platform in which Mets and Phillies fans alike could come together to respectfully discuss and debate their favorite teams. Ever since the 1990’s and baseball’s expansion phase, there has been a growing enthusiasm around the country for the game. Stadium attendance has progressively increased each year and low-market teams that once were swept under the rug thanks to powerhouses like New York and Boston were getting the attention they deserved.
The Phillies/Mets debate blog was just one attempt to contribute to a changing fanaticism for the game of baseball. Thus, Baseball Revival was born.
Each year, Baseball Revival highlights one person or group of people that have suffered traumatic experiences with the intention of reviving their love of baseball. For example, in 2010 we highlighted the earthquake in Haiti, a country that suffered unimaginable destruction and ruin. In 2011, we highlighted the Japanese tusnami/earthquake that killed thousands and which ultimately caused Japan’s professional baseball leagues to delay their opening days. We also put the spotlight on a Georgian community that was devastated after a tornado ripped through the town in April 2011. The local high school baseball field was destroyed and we highlighted them to help revive baseball in that community, with links where our visitors and readers could donate.
We understand that there is more to life than baseball, but sometimes, baseball is all people really need in their lives.
Isn’t this just like the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Club?
Both Baseball Revival and RBI have similar missions, but there are distinctions that separate them from one another. RBI’s mission is to teach underprivileged children in disadvantaged situations the game of baseball and to ensure that they stay apart of the game. Baseball Revival’s goal is to revive baseball in communities that have been plagued by natural disasters or other uncontrollable forces that have hampered baseball’s role as a community unifier. Baseball Revival uses baseball as a healing process, while RBI focuses more specifically on playing the game. Although there are major differences, RBI is a tremendous organization and can be credited with inspiring the Baseball Revival staff.
Who writes for Baseball Revival?
Each year we bring back some of our ‘veteran’ writers- those who have written for us in the past, but we also recruit a handful of new writers from all over the country in order to get some new faces and perspectives. The only three requirements for our writers are that they are respectful, professional, and have a genuine love for baseball. A more in-depth bio on all of our writers can be viewed by clicking on the “Meet the Writers” page.