Welcome back to our afternoon post looking at the next chunk of Top Cards on Twitter. This section also has a lot of media types, which I guess it to be expected with their reach. Let’s find out which ones!
Number 15: zjgifford
gonna throw it out there that Manfred is probably on his way to becoming the worst thing to happen to baseball in my lifetime https://t.co/iFZF4vmYXb
— Zach Gifford (@zjgifford) December 14, 2019
On Twitter since: November 2016
Number of Tweets: 21.3K
Total points: 723
Number of ballots: 84
% that were 10: 39.29%
% that were 1: 1.19%
2018 rank: 8
Zach got back into the Twitter mix this year and the discourse was better for it. We didn’t get any more posts from him (that I can see on the Birds on the Black) but it’s generally known Zach is as insightful and knowledgeable as anyone else out there. We don’t get to hear from him enough on things, honestly, but follow him on Twitter and you’ll get some gems sent your way.
In this WM wrap, more about the 3 pitchers the #STLCards selected in the MILB phase of Rule 5 and how they’ve had success with players like them before.
“You’re kind of throwing darts. These guys all have something that makes them interesting.” https://t.co/h4HpBvAc7H
— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) December 13, 2019
On Twitter since: June 2011
Number of Tweets: 8,217
Total points: 728
Number of ballots: 93
% that were 10: 27.96%
% that were 1: 0.00%
2018 rank: NR
We talked this morning about Jenifer Langosch’s slide down the standings due to being promoted off the Cardinal beat. Anne was dubbed her replacement and, after graduating from Missouri, took over the job this summer. There’s still a bit of a “getting to know you” period with Anne and she has huge shoes to fill, not only from Jenifer but from the OG beat writer, Matthew Leach. Given that she’s writing for the official site, though, you should definitely be following to stay informed.
Number 13: markasaxon
Senior MLB writer for The Athletic, covering the St. Louis Cardinals
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) December 12, 2019
On Twitter since: April 2009
Number of Tweets: 20.3K
Total points: 730
Number of ballots: 94
% that were 10: 26.60%
% that were 1: 2.13%
2018 rank: 25
I’ve found Mark to be a pretty good follow. Of course, he’s writing interesting articles for The Athletic, but he seems pretty good about interacting with folks on Twitter as well. Plus he doesn’t take himself terribly seriously, at least to my mind. I am sure that he would have moved up even farther in the rankings, but I imagine being associated with Allen Medlock and I (he guested on Meet Me at Musial in January) probably drug him down.
Number 12: TheCatOnFox
Fox Sports Midwest. My tweets are my own.
The ousted coach sees his former youth basketball team reel off another win under the guidance of the new coaching staff. “I was the one that planted the seeds of success” he mutters as he exits the arena. As the cold drizzle falls, he realizes he’s lying to himself. Scene.
— Jim Hayes (@TheCatOnFox) December 14, 2019
On Twitter since: February 2014
Number of Tweets: 14.6K
Total points: 767
Number of ballots: 86
% that were 10: 50.00%
% that were 1: 0.00%
2018 rank: 13
The master of regional cable journalism, Jim Hayes is a regional treasure. He’s got great rapport with players and front office types, which tends to lead to more relaxed interviews, especially in pre-game settings. You can hear The Cat on the radio in the mornings and his Cat Chats podcast (which took a much-too-long hiatus) help you get to know the players, coaches, and others related to the Cardinals on a more personal level. Still wants to return to his hardwood coaching glory, however–just can’t let that go.
Puerto Rico loves Yadi 👏
Yadi loves Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 pic.twitter.com/CNKEBdeUDq
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) December 14, 2019
On Twitter since: July 2009
Number of Tweets: 66.5K
Total points: 804
Number of ballots: 98
% that were 10: 51.02%
% that were 1: 2.04%
2018 rank: 12
It’s amazing how far the official account has come since we spent some time complaining about it a few years back. Back then, you’d have never seen the average rating be over eight or have more than half the voters give it a 10. While it’s still not to the Rockies level, the Cardinals account has shown much more personality and will engage more than ever before. It’s not just lineups and game recaps anymore and the Twittersphere is better because of it.
Just 10 more! Come back tomorrow and we’ll finish everything up!