All right, let’s see who makes up the first batch of the top 20 this season. We’ve got one new face and the rest are a shuffle from last year. Here we go!
Number 20: keelynstl
Avid Taylor Swift fan & baseball enthusiast.
How I sleep at night after Oli says they’re not trading Lars pic.twitter.com/I2KB43W823
— Keely (@keelynstl) December 6, 2022
On Twitter since: October 2010
Number of Tweets: 68.5K
Total points: 836
Number of ballots: 111
% that were 10: 24.32%
% that were 1: 5.41%
Ranking history: 178 (2019), 63 (2020), 32 (2021)
Getting into the Top 25 was only a matter of time for Keely, who has made significant progress every year since getting her first votes. Nobody mixes their baseball and their Taylor Swift better than her, especially since Zach Gifford has left the platform. A sardonic wit and a love of the game makes her feed entertaining no matter what’s happening on the field.
Number 19: jmjones
#stlcards beat and features for @BellevilleNewsD. Bylines: http://MLB.com, AP, @SINow. @officialBBWAA member. He/him.
Juan Yepez, now a fellow member of the Cardinals’ Venezuelan contingent, approves of their work: pic.twitter.com/oW7gqdCjN2
— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) December 7, 2022
On Twitter since: March 2008
Number of Tweets: 74K
Total points: 872
Number of ballots: 133
% that were 10: 24.81%
% that were 1: 12.78%
Ranking history: 122 (2018), 28 (2019), 29 (2020), 15 (2021)
Jeff’s been on the Cardinal beat for a while now and probably leads his compatriots in Twitter usage. (If you don’t want to be spoiled watching a game, mute the man.) You’ll find him mainly at the Belleville News Democrat but he’ll pop up in other places here and there. Being in the media in St. Louis can bring along some detractors–note the percentage in the next to last line–but Jeff puts in solid work and keep people informed, which is kinda his job.
Number 18: vivaelbirdos
@cardinals news, notes, & analysis. editors: @curtis_josey, @lil_scooter93, & the Red Baron
Cardinals Sign C Willson Contreras
— viva el birdos (@vivaelbirdos) December 7, 2022
On Twitter since: November 2009
Number of Tweets: 28K
Total points: 892
Number of ballots: 114
% that were 10: 24.56%
% that were 1: 0.00%
Ranking history: 19 (2018), 17 (2019), 28 (2020), 19 (2021)
Death, taxes, and VEB riding in the high teens. The granddaddy of all Cardinal blogs is still going strong, even as the cast of characters changes. (Their bio is a bit outdated, as I believe Josey was stepping away and I think RB is already gone.) Following this, you get links to all of their work and there’s a lot of strong stuff over there. It might not have the reach that it once did due to the changing of the internet but there’s no doubt VEB still packs a punch.
Number 17: StewStilez
low-quality baseball tweets • pro-bat-flip • baseball cards • scorebook guy & game recaps @birdsontheblack • #stlcards
gimme those Willson Contreras terms, yooooo. i feel like a crackhead constantly refreshing the timeline
— Stew (@StewStilez) December 7, 2022
On Twitter since: November 2011
Number of Tweets: 63.7K
Total points: 904
Number of ballots: 114
% that were 10: 44.76%
% that were 1: 2.86%
Ranking history: 36 (2018), 36 (2019), 50 (2020), 25 (2021)
The man has legendary scorebooks. Legendary. They are complete works of art, so much so that I heard the Louvre was planning to move that painting of a woman to put up his latest masterpiece. You know that about him if you’ve spent any time on the Twitter. You also probably know that he’s got some good thoughts about the team and has put out a few rap albums. Forget Da Vinci, Stew’s the real renaissance man!
Number 16: memphisredbirds
The proud Triple-A affiliate of the @Cardinals.
big things are happening 👀 pic.twitter.com/rAvu6mDZx3
— Memphis Redbirds (@memphisredbirds) December 7, 2022
On Twitter since: March 2009
Number of Tweets: 39.1K
Total points: 907
Number of ballots: 121
% that were 10: 26.13%
% that were 1: 0.00%
Ranking history: 25 (2019), 36 (2020), 21 (2021)
We’ve worked our way up the minors to the AAA level, where the Memphis social media wizards reside. They are willing to play along with other minor league accounts, especially those in the Cardinal organization, while also bringing Memphis info and marketing to their audience in a fun way. (They are going to have a blast with Jordan Walker, assuming he gets to play there very long.) Over the past few years the minor league teams have found their voice on line and it’s been fun to watch.
All right, just 15 more to go. Come back tomorrow for the next set of five!