Top 10. Rarified air. Not only that, we’ve got ourselves a poll jumper as well, what might be one of the biggest leaps into the Top 10 in a while. So let’s find out who it is!
Number 10: birdsontheblack
St. Louis Cardinals & MiLB affiliates blog. We do this because we love it. It takes a team. Chirps podcast and Prospects after Dark weekly #PaD #BeLikeMik
New Episode of Chirps with @tarawellman and @alexcards79 is available
Special Guest: @MATrueblood (@baseballpro)#stlcards https://t.co/Iaj6AwFuwL
— Birds on the Black (@birdsontheblack) September 9, 2020
On Twitter since: October 2017
Number of Tweets: 7,899
Total points: 794
Number of ballots: 100
% that were 10: 29.00%
% that were 1: 1.00%
Ranking history: 134 (2018), 4 (2019)
The account for one of the most star-studded blogs in the Cardinal blogsphere, BOTB doesn’t do a lot of original tweeting (unless one of the members has taken it over to livetweet a game) but it’s a great place to find links and other tweets from the members. The pandemic meant that there was a little less content this year, but the superteam is still together and no doubt will be churning out posts on the regular in 2021.
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.
NEW at @stltoday: “Hopefully he is taking advantage of his offseason — avoiding videos — and when it’s time to come to Jupiter, he’s ready to compete.” So much for pick-your-position. The #STLCards are playing hardball with Carlos Martinez moving forward. https://t.co/RrDZtrbk2m
— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) December 10, 2020
On Twitter since: January 2009
Number of Tweets: 53.4K
Total points: 797
Number of ballots: 103
% that were 10: 19.42%
% that were 1: 1.94%
Ranking history: 50 (2016), 17 (2017), 15 (2018), 9 (2019)
It’s still the same Ben Fred that’s been writing at the P-D since getting a Rick Hummel internship and that’s proven in part by him holding steady in the rankings. The fact that he’s a columnist means he’s probably not the heir presumptive to Derrick Goold on the beat (being that DG might even outlast Yadier Molina, that’s not happening anytime soon anyway) but he’s got plenty of thoughts on the Cardinals, Blues, Tigers, and other sporting interests in the area. Plus you can catch him on Goold’s podcast on the regular.
Number 8: markasaxon
Senior MLB writer for The Athletic, covering the St. Louis Cardinals. @TheAthleticMLB
The latest on two #STLCards icons: https://t.co/Fu4nLzCpNn
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) December 10, 2020
On Twitter since: April 2009
Number of Tweets: 23.4K
Total points: 804
Number of ballots: 101
% that were 10: 18.81%
% that were 1: 1.98%
Ranking history: 71 (2016), 27 (2017), 25 (2018), 13 (2019)
Sometimes folks feel like the media (in St. Louis or elsewhere) can come off as a bit smug or condescending. I’ve never gotten that vibe off of Mark and it’s not because it’s become an annual tradition for him to join Allen and me on Musial over the winter. (Mark, we’ll be hitting you up soon!) I always enjoy his pieces in The Athletic and I think they come at the Cardinals from a slightly different angle than we get at the official site and at the P-D. With Mark, we reach the 800 level of our list.
Number 7: stlcupofjoe
Husband | Dad | Pharmacist | @butleru grad | #TeamJaden | 22q11.2 awareness | Formerly, pitch analyst @TheAthleticSTL | stlcupofjoe @ gmail | Views = My own
Love Yadi, but he needs to be realistic about the stage of his career in 2021 and beyond.
— stlCupofJoe (@stlCupofJoe) December 10, 2020
On Twitter since: May 2010
Number of Tweets: 54.5K
Total points: 815
Number of ballots: 103
% that were 10: 28.16%
% that were 1: 4.85%
Ranking history: 13 (2015), 18 (2016), 6 (2017), 7 (2018), 10 (2019)
We didn’t get many articles analyzing pitchers from Joe this year (though one of the ones we did get ran right here at the Conclave), but apparently being a pharmacist in the middle of a pandemic means that your time and energy are taken up elsewhere. His feed improves when he puts out pictures and videos of Jaden, truth be told, and since he does that on the regular we don’t have much to complain about. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m sure Joe has just put out a tweet that needs to be slammed.
Number 6: CrashStL
#StLCards #StLBlues #ChiefsKingdom #Battlehawks #RedSea #StLCitySC
Managing an aging superstar ego is never easy. Never will be but Yadi is NOT the best catcher in baseball and MLB is not trying to sabotage against to cover Johnny Bench. Quite honestly, I’m a little tired of the needed ego strokes going on.
— GB Sports (@CrashStL) December 10, 2020
On Twitter since: January 2016
Number of Tweets: 62K
Total points: 843
Number of ballots: 102
% that were 10: 37.25%
% that were 1: 2.94%
Ranking history: 14 (2016), 9 (2017), 14 (2018), 35 (2019)
This is the one that surprised me, though looking at the ranking history prior to last year, it probably shouldn’t have. I’ve known Crash for over 15 years now, as we both were active over at Cards Clubhouse before Twitter came along. He’s the same now as he was then, a passionate, outspoken, dyed in the wool Cardinal fan (and pretty much anything else that calls St. Louis home). He’s great about promoting other people’s projects and has gotten very involved in a number of podcasts over the years. Glad to see it paying off for him in this wildly influential and distinguished series of posts.
That’ll do it for this week, folks. Monday we’ll look at the last five and then we’ll shuffle the numbers a few other ways to see if we get any different responses. Enjoy your weekend!