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Martin has left Atlanta for the weekend, but he wanted me to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Holiday! Thank you for your continued support of Talking Chop!

And now for my little present to Martin...

As we approach the end of the year at Baseball Digest Daily, I took a look back at some of our finer experiences from 2006. I thought this would be an interesting way to recap the year while giving the entire baseball community credit for the work they have done in 2006.

Our first installment recognized the top personalities of 2006, and your very own Gondeee made the list! Here's the little clip from the article:

Martin Gandy, BDD Staff Member and Author of Talking Chop: Martin has become, to the best of my knowledge, the first beat blogger in baseball! When I started TC for SB Nation, I quickly realized I wasn't going to be able to fulfill the daily writing requirements for multiple sites. I recognized Martin's writing on a blog he just started. He was really good, entertaining, and he had Braves season tickets...a definite plus! I offered Martin the opportunity to take over TC and boy did he run with it. He became a member of the BDD staff as well, and we quickly got him credentialed with the help of the Atlanta media relations department. The rest is history. Martin is now known around the Braves locker room as the Brian McCann clone with glasses!

Congratulations to Gondeee and the rest of Talking Chop on a great year!