Top Cards on Twitter 2020: 6-10

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

On Twitter since: October 2017
Number of Tweets: 7,899
Following: 842
Followers: 6,069

Total points: 794
Average: 7.940
Number of ballots:
Maximum: 10
Minimum: 1
% 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.

On Twitter since: January 2009
Number of Tweets: 53.4K
Following: 1,886
Followers: 26,960

Total points: 797
Average: 7.738
Number of ballots:
Maximum: 10
Minimum: 1
% 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

On Twitter since: April 2009
Number of Tweets: 23.4K
Following: 1,844
Followers: 34,978

Total points: 804
Average: 7.960
Number of ballots:
Maximum: 10
Minimum: 1
% 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

On Twitter since: May 2010
Number of Tweets: 54.5K
Following: 714
Followers: 10,111

Total points: 815
Average: 7.913
Number of ballots:
Maximum: 10
Minimum: 1
% 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

On Twitter since: January 2016
Number of Tweets: 62K
Following: 552
Followers: 4,183

Total points: 843
Average: 8.265
Number of ballots:
Maximum: 10
Minimum: 1
% 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!

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