We are now into the “best of the best” territory, We’ve covered a lot of names but now only 10 (kinda) remain. So let’s keep counting them down!
Steven Matz, officially a Cardinal for the next four years, says he’s excited to throw to Yadier Molina, be part of the Cardinal Way and play for the “Best Fans in Baseball.” pic.twitter.com/EuGD7UKty1
— Zachary Silver (@zachsilver) November 29, 2021
On Twitter since: November 2015
Number of Tweets: 11.8K
Total points: 956
Number of ballots: 119
% that were 10: 29.41%
% that were 1: 2.52%
Ranking history: None
Mr. Silver came into our lives early this year, taking over the MLB.com beat when Anne Rogers moved across state. Right now, he’s dealing with the whole lockout thing, with much of his player-focused work no longer available and little besides prospects and history to write about right now. In between, he was a great addition to the media crew and fit in quite well with Cardinals Twitter and the fan base. Hopefully his second year is a little more normal than his first!
— Quinn (@QuinnSTLCards) February 4, 2021
On Twitter since: March 2018
Number of Tweets: 56.6K
Total points: 963
Number of ballots: 120
% that were 10: 37.50%
% that were 1: 2.50%
Ranking history: 128 (2018), 37 (2019), 35 (2020)
You can’t talk about Quinn and 2021 and not mention the flowers. His floral missive to John Mozeliak after the Nolan Arenado trade became a story that showed up everywhere for a day. Quinn’s more than just bet fulfillment and well-timed gestures, though. He’s a witty follow who focuses on the Cardinals but isn’t limited by them. His jump up the ranks this year might have been a surprise, but it’s not undeserved.
#Mizzou‘s three-year Braggin’ Rights winning streak is on the line Wednesday. #Illini are heavy favorites. Throw out this year’s records, or not so much? Set the stage with @Dave_Matter in today’s @stltoday video, sponsored by @StLouisClosetCo https://t.co/gXW1OXFpJY
— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) December 21, 2021
On Twitter since: January 2009
Number of Tweets: 58.8K
Total points: 1,033
Number of ballots: 128
% that were 10: 28.13%
% that were 1: 1.56%
Ranking history: 50 (2016), 17 (2017), 15 (2018), 9 (2019), 9 (2020)
If you are a columnist with the Post-Dispatch, you are going to be pretty high on this list. Ben Fred’s a name that everyone knows and most everyone reads. Obviously, being a columnist, he’s tracking all sorts of things, not just the Cardinals, but you’ll get a lot on them during the season. He doesn’t hold back on his thoughts, popular or not.
— Dan Buffa (@buffa82) December 21, 2021
On Twitter since: January 2011
Number of Tweets: 195.4K
Total points: 1,039
Number of ballots: 142
% that were 10: 26.76%
% that were 1: 5.63%
Ranking history: 7 (2015), 8 (2016), 20 (2017), 11 (2018), 21 (2019), 5 (2020)
Dan sells “Dan Buffa Sucks” shirts so he gets his polarization, as I believe I termed it a few years ago. That seems to have eased now as there were a few others in the top 25 that had a higher percentage of 1 vote than Buffa. The haters come with a fan base as well, though, as Dan was fifth in number of ballots. Plenty of movie and TV talk from the critic, of course, and he’ll hit all the St. Louis sports as well. Quite the variety on the feed!
On this date in 1881, Hall of Fame Executive Branch Rickey was born.
During his 17 seasons as St. Louis’ GM, the Cardinals won four World Series titles. He is credited with inventing the modern farm system & helping break the MLB color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson in 1947. pic.twitter.com/LtVI5Ivej6
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) December 20, 2021
On Twitter since: July 2009
Number of Tweets: 71.7K
Total points: 1,049
Number of ballots: 127
% that were 10: 50.39%
% that were 1: 3.94%
Ranking history: 8 (2015), 6 (2016), 25 (2017), 12 (2018), 11 (2019), 14 (2020)
The official account has come a long way. It’s still not necessarily a top-tier account like @Rockies but it’s more than just bland promotions and game details. There’s some fun on the feed. That said, most folks are following it for official news and highlights and it provides those in spades.
The top of the Top Cards on Twitter will be released tomorrow morning! Come back to count them down!