We’re finally getting into the single digits here on our Top Cards on Twitter countdown. We’ll have this post then one this afternoon to count down the very top of the list. After that, we’ll have a wrap-up post where we sort the data some different ways and see what it looks like. For now, though, the back half of the top 10, starting with…..
Number 10: stlCupofJoe
Joe Schwarz | Husband | Dad | Pharmacist |
@butleru grad | #TeamJaden | 22q11.2 deletion syndrome awareness | Formerly @TheAthleticSTL | stlcupofjoe @ gmail
I’m officially on the Alex Wood train. I know he was really bad last year, but trust me on this one.
— stlCupofJoe (@stlCupofJoe) December 13, 2019
On Twitter since: May 2010
Number of Tweets: 67.7K
Total points: 834
Number of ballots: 106
% that were 10: 33.02%
% that were 1: 4.72%
2018 rank: 7
Our first three folks today got the same amount of total points, but did so on a differing number of ballots. Most of you know Joe as one of the best pitching analysts in Cardinal Nation, if not beyond. Life forced him to step away from his writing gig at The Athletic, but I have a sneaking suspicion that we haven’t seen the last of his writing. It may be a while, but he’s going to want to get back out there on occasion. And if you ever need a prescription filled, swing by and see him!
Number 9: Ben_Fred
Sports Columnist at St. Louis Post-Dispatch and
@stltoday. Radio talker at @550KTRS. Instagram: benfredpd. Living one word to the next, one line at a time.
Can confirm https://t.co/vIdCx3upF4
— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) December 13, 2019
On Twitter since: January 2009
Number of Tweets: 48.1K
Total points: 834
Number of ballots: 101
% that were 10: 30.69%
% that were 1: 0.00%
2018 rank: 15
BenFred climbs up the list this year as he continues to get comfortable at the Post-Dispatch. You’ll find him covering whatever sport is in season (right now he’s got a lot of Blues links on his timeline) as well as finding a few human interest stories in the bunch. He seems like he’s coming up in the Derrick Goold mold and, indeed, Ben is probably the most regular person opposite Goold on the Best Podcast in Baseball. It feels like Fredrickson will be around the St. Louis media scene for a long time to come.
Number 8: kyler416
Fancy Printed Words, 280 Letters Long. General Waywardness. Poorly shaped head. Writes about the minors for
@birdsontheblack. Here for Animal Twitter. #PaD
Manfred said this one week ago LOL
Yep, MiLB is the one that’s saying “take it or leave it”
(Via @BaseballAmerica https://t.co/cXFtwl3PUc) pic.twitter.com/DU54CZxGqm
— Kyle Reis (@kyler416) December 14, 2019
On Twitter since: December 2012
Number of Tweets: 41.5K
Total points: 834
Number of ballots: 91
% that were 10: 69.23%
% that were 1: 1.10%
2018 rank: 5
I continue to be amazed by Kyle Reis. This man is remarkable. He can be a crazed, profane, high-energy guy on the weekly Prospects After Dark, then he can put out podcasts where he’s calm and informed about the prospect rankings, then he can come on someone else’s podcasts (like mine) and give thoughtful answers about whatever issues come up. He does SO. MUCH. WORK. on the minor league system for Birds on the Black and it’s the reason Cardinal Nation has to be the most informed fanbase about the prospects coming up. How in the world he only was on 91 ballots and wound up sliding to this spot is one of the great mysteries of this project, but I do know he’ll appreciate his percentage of 10 ballots. Also, I’m legally obligated to say his opinions about The Last Jedi are terrible.
Number 7: tarawellman
TV host & producer. Baseball lover. Cupcake connoisseur. Just assume it’s sarcasm.
#BirdSeeds • #BeLikeMik • Contributor at @birdsontheblack
This is HUGE. If MLB thought they could be the bully and just punch a little harder or yell a little louder, they are sorely mistaken. This statement takes on the accusations made with details and explanations that I’m sure MLB didn’t want to have to answer for. https://t.co/n2eyZ22Ret
— Tara Wellman (@tarawellman) December 14, 2019
On Twitter since: January 2011
Number of Tweets: 89.5K
Total points: 838
Number of ballots: 104
% that were 10: 43.27%
% that were 1: 4.81%
2018 rank: 9
Two of my absolute favorite people back to back. Tara and I have done Gateway to Baseball Heaven for 7+ years now and it’s always a treat to talk to her every week. She’s an amazing professional with a knack of getting stories out there, whether written or visually. I’ve told her before that I’d love for her to be a role model for my daughter. So you know how highly I think of her, but then over the last couple of weeks, she’s taken it to another level with her work on this MLB/MiLB conflict. Seriously, just read this and this and if you are still not impressed, I don’t know what to tell you.
(Every year, I put myself on the ballot as well but I never actually count myself in the rankings, instead making a parenthetical aside at the spot where I would have fallen. I felt that I probably had an unfair advantage, being my project and all, and of course I don’t want to write about myself. That said, I wound up absent on 10% or so of ballots, meaning this is reaching many people that don’t have the misfortune of interacting with me. So for all of those that shared the link, I thank you! Anyway, with 901 points on 101 ballots, here’s where I’d be.)
Number 6: bschaeffer12
Cardinals writer for @KMOV. Mizzou grad. Pollster. Cat dad. Boba tea is good. Bowling is a sport. All Star Wars movies are good. GIF has a hard g. I’m no Seth.
Logging off before ill-informed JD Drew slander gives me a stroke
— Brenden Schaeffer (@bschaeffer12) December 14, 2019
On Twitter since: July 2011
Number of Tweets: 84.5K
Total points: 906
Number of ballots: 112
% that were 10: 30.36%
% that were 1: 1.79%
2018 rank: 6
The media member voted Most Likely To Need a Haircut, Brenden can be found penning stories for KMOV and putting up a ton of polls on Twitter, especially in the offseason. (Not as many this year, perhaps due to the lack of potential moves around the Cardinals.) Brenden’s also a man of many opinions, from the order to watch Star Wars movies to anything relating to the University of Missouri. Brenden loves a good back-and-forth, which is the basis of all the best Twitter threads!
Next time out, we’ll do the final five. Some new names up there so stick around to see who they are!