Another year is in the books here at I wanted to start this post out by just extending my thanks for coming to this here website to follow along the coverage and discussion of the Cincinnati Reds farm system and players.

With 2019 behind us, as I always do, let’s take some time to look back at the year that was for

The Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2019

  1. Jonathan India, JT Realmuto, and the Cincinnati Reds
  2. Cincinnati Reds 2019 MLB Draft: Rounds 3-10
  3. What would it cost the Reds to acquire Francisco Lindor?
  4. Why the Reds shouldn’t trade a lot for Sonny Gray
  5. Report: Reds to sign Cuban infielder Michel Triana for $1.3M
  6. The Reds likely to trade for a big name this offseason?
  7. Reds trade talks held up by Nick Senzel medical concerns?
  8. Cincinnati Reds #1 Prospect: Hunter Greene
  9. The Cincinnati Reds have signed pitcher Dylan Rheault
  10. Reds were asked for Senzel or Trammell for Kluber

For the most part,we’ve got articles about signings or trade rumors. Those seem to get people talking, and visiting, and checking, and re-visiting. Day two of the draft was near the top of the list – draft days always do well, and on day two everything gets jammed into one post, unlike days one and three.

The Most Popular Month of 2019

The traffic for a baseball website generally works on a bell curve. At the start of the year things are slow, then as the season gets going they pick up until the middle of the year, then start slowing down again as the year comes to an end. In particular with a minor league specific site, June is usually the highest traffic month because the three days of the draft bring in traffic that rivals a slower few weeks during the offseason. That was no different this year as June was the most visited month of the year.

Talking, Discussion, and Debate!

During 2019 there were 14707 comments – at least ones that weren’t deleted for one reason or another. That was an average of 19 comments per story that was posted. For the most part we all were on our best behavior and for that I wanted to thank you once again. That is down quite a bit from the last two years, though, but we’ll get to that next.

Plenty of Posting

There were 772 articles posted in 2019. That’s still a whole lot of writing – it’s more than two articles per day. But that’s down quite a bit from the past few years, too. In 2018 I wrote 936 articles at The year before it was 920. The year before that it was 864. That’s one reason that the comment total was likely lower – there just wasn’t quite as much happening here to discuss.

As you probably know, I took over in December of 2018. That makes 2019 the first full year on the job, and it did lead to a little bit of a change of what was happening here. While the site was always focused on the minor league side of things, there were a few times a month that I’d write about some of the big league stuff, too. That, mostly, stopped in 2019. I posted that stuff at Redleg Nation.

Google Remains King of the Mountain

While much of the traffic generated here is organic, a lot of people still find the site from other sources. 12.1% of all traffic that arrived on the digital pages of came from either a google search or a google chrome recommended article. Bleacher Report was second on the list, bringing in 7.7% of all traffic. Twitter grabbed the bronze medal with 3.6% of all traffic referral. Facebook just edged out Bing for the 4th spot at 1.1%.

All Around the World

These webpages were graced on the land of 158 different countries in 2019. Of course almost all of the traffic came from the United States. The home country of the Cincinnati Reds was good for 97.2% of all traffic here in 2019. Canada was next on the list, good for 0.6%. Only Mexico, Australia, Germany, and the Dominican Republic topped the 0.1% mark.

Looking Forward

For the first time since 2011, didn’t see it’s traffic go up over the year before. It was still easily the second most visited year in the sites existence, but it fell a few hundred thousand views behind what 2018 brought. As noted above, that’s likely because there was a little less published here than there has been in the past.

The site changed a little bit in 2019. There was slightly less big league focus as that shifted to Redleg Nation. There was a little less video because I had to cancel a 2-week trip that left me with less time at the fields than I had been at in the last couple of seasons. Hopefully that doesn’t happen again in 2020. It’s January 1st as I type this up, but I’m already trying to figure out the plan for spring training this year. That’s what I’m looking forward to right now.

About The Author

Doug Gray is the owner and operator of this website and has been running it since 2006 in one variation or another. You can follow him on twitter @dougdirt24, or follow the site on Facebook. and Youtube.

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17 Responses

  1. Billy

    The lack of a top prospect to follow every night had to hurt as well. With Senzel graduating and the MLB team playing passable baseball for once, the minors just got less attention. Hopefully one of the top prospects goes on a tear and jumps up the rankings in 2020.

  2. Bdh

    Sort of funny going back and reading that article on Sonny. Looks like the reds did just fine on that deal.

    • Doug Gray

      I honestly didn’t go back and read it. I do recall at the time thinking that they shouldn’t trade much for him because of A, the performance in 2019 had his value low, and B, his contract was short. The extension that came with the signing changed the value.

      • Bdh

        Yep I agree with you! I also agreed with your thinking back when the article we’re talking about was written. Nice to see it work out for the reds in that deal the way it has

  3. Colorado Red

    Just out of curiosity, if you kept the stats, how many unique posters did you have?
    Do enjoy both this side, and

    Keep up the good work.

    • Doug Gray

      Posters? I haven’t got a clue on that one. I do know how many “individual users” show up to read the site – but even that is a bit off. I’m not sure what google uses exactly to identify a specific user. Obviously if someone is logged into their google account on all of their devices, it’s only going to count them as 1. But if they aren’t, the same person could in theory check the site from different devices throughout the year, with different IP addresses (I’ll assume google uses these to identify users among other things) and count that 1 user as 5-10. So I don’t really have the slightest clue as to the actual number.

      But, the number that google tells me, is nearly 400,000 “users”.

  4. DanD

    Off subject but after 2021 the SS’s are to be free agents: Correa, Seagar, Lindor and Story. Which SS would the Reds have a better shot of trading for and resigning?

  5. Dawson

    Thank you for all your consistent hard work at this site and Red Leg Nation, Doug.

  6. Dave

    I look forward to a good 2020 on your site I read every day

  7. RojoBenjy

    Great site, Doug. Thanks for doing it. Been visiting since Phil Ervin was drafted.

    Hope everyone reading that hasn’t signed up to support you on Patreon will make it a resolution to do so in 2020!

  8. Big Ed

    I wonder if it is good or bad that the North Koreans are giving this site a pass?

  9. DaveCT

    Doug, I’ve been reading you since the early days and Id like to comment on your growth as a writer. Actually I should say commend you for your growth as a writer. I realize there are some bleary eyed typos, but I could care less, as I believe most readers would. But, because I was offline for a while, in general, when I started reading again, I said ‘this guy has gotten really good. And, with the other site, I now check two sites each day. So, thanks, happy new year, and best wishes with both endeavors moving forward. Salud!

  10. Jefferson Green

    Thanks, Doug! Good year, and I appreciate your insights.

  11. Zirkle Blakey

    Doug / I’ve been here for a long time, frequent visitor/ reader / seldom post. You have done a tremendous job and the growth (both in content and quality of same). My hats off to you! Keep up the great work and I’m looking forward to 2020.