We’re getting into the cream of the crop here. Nobody left shows up on less than 130 ballots. Nobody left gets less than 1,100 points. It’s time for the big dogs to take their turn in the spotlight.
Number 10: Ben_Fred
Sports Columnist at St. Louis Post-Dispatch and @stltoday. Radio talker at @KTRS550. Instagram: benfredpd. Living one word to the next, one line at a time.
NEW at @stltoday: After beating Astros in bold strike for Willson Contreras, #STLCards should pivot to starter https://t.co/pEkvxmbMH9
— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) December 8, 2022
On Twitter since: January 2009
Number of Tweets: 62.6K
Total points: 1,147
Number of ballots: 151
% that were 10: 22.52%
% that were 1: 0.66%
Ranking history: 50 (2016), 17 (2017), 15 (2018), 9 (2019), 9 (2020), 7 (2021)
I keep thinking of Ben Frederickson as “the new guy” but he’s been around for more than half a decade. This is his fourth straight year in the top 10 and his coverage of all things St. Louis (and Missouri football counts, it seems) keeps him there. You’ll find all of his links there plus he’ll add some thoughts onto the timeline as well so it’s not just a link/RT fest. If you enjoy his writing, well, you are probably already following him and know this is where to keep up with his stuff!
Number 9: VanHicklestein
hellsite captive #stlcards #stlblues
— VHS (@VanHicklestein) December 7, 2022
On Twitter since: February 2017
Number of Tweets: 60.3K
Total points: 1,151
Number of ballots: 131
% that were 10: 46.56%
% that were 1: 0.00%
Ranking history: 21 (2018), 22 (2019), 33 (2020), 16 (2021)
Funny. Cutting. No holds barred. Mix that in with some great gif work and the excellent use of alternate broadcasts (including the opposition’s) over clips from the Cardinals broadcast and you’ve got a fan-favorite account. He also may have the most subtle adjustments to an avatar on the whole site. I have four years of these pictures and it’s amazing just the little differences!
Number 8: QuinnSTLCards
@Diamond_Digest writer. I made Mike Trout laugh one time. Adam Wainwright has more Cy Young shares than Nolan Ryan. Yadi has more fWAR than Vladimir Guerrero.
I’m starting to think Arenado lost close to 9 figures by not opting out. I love that guy.
— Quinn (@QuinnSTLCards) December 7, 2022
On Twitter since: March 2018
Number of Tweets: 60.3K
Total points: 1,219
Number of ballots: 145
% that were 10: 37.93%
% that were 1: 1.38%
Ranking history: 128 (2018), 37 (2019), 35 (2020), 9 (2021)
He may never top sending flowers to John Mozeliak after the Nolan Arenado deal, but Quinn’s still putting up the great content and being a wonderful follow. You’ll find a lot of good insight and commentary on what’s happening not only with the Cardinals but with the minors as well.
Number 7: Cardinals
Official account of the 11-time World Series Champions | #STLCards Contest Rules: http://atmlb.com/2zyo9ce
We have selected RHP Wilking Rodriguez from the New York Yankees in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. pic.twitter.com/3S9bQOcu1s
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) December 7, 2022
On Twitter since: July 2009
Number of Tweets: 73.3K
Total points: 1,233
Number of ballots: 149
% that were 10: 44.97%
% that were 1: 4.03%
Ranking history: 8 (2015), 6 (2016), 25 (2017), 12 (2018), 11 (2019), 14 (2020), 6 (2021)
It’s the official account, so you know what you are going to get. While they’ve gotten more playful at times, you are still going to get the official news (and not until it’s official–Willson Contreras’s deal wasn’t on the feed until well after the media reports) and some great highlights. It’s one of those basic staples of Twitterdom–you like a team, you follow the official account for the news, even though you might wind up seeing it elsewhere first.
Number 6: AugieNash
➔ Your daily source for “On This Day” in St Louis Cardinals history | Posting vintage and rare #STLCards photos and memorabilia | Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang!
#OTD 1980 – Whitey Herzog and the Cardinals start to lay the foundation for “Whiteyball” when they trade Terry Kennedy, John Littlefield, Al Olmsted, Mike Phillips, Kim Seaman, Steve Swisher and John Urrea to the Padres for Rollie Fingers, Bob Shirley and Gene Tenace. #STLCards pic.twitter.com/TBatR3Vm9R
— Augie Nash (@AugieNash) December 8, 2022
On Twitter since: February 2018
Number of Tweets: 31.1K
Total points: 1,238
Number of ballots: 145
% that were 10: 46.90%
% that were 1: 0.69%
Ranking history: 131 (2018), 32 (2019), 17 (2020), 12 (2021)
As Cardinals fans, we have a lot of history to celebrate and explore. There are a number of Twitter accounts out there that focus on that history, which is great, but at the top of that list is Augie. Augie’s bringing you plenty of pictures and history every day that you might not have seen before. He’s not all in the black and white of yesteryear, though, as he’s got plenty of thoughts about what’s going on in the here and now as well.
All right, one more day of this! The last group tomorrow morning and some assorted stats tomorrow afternoon. Come back for the big reveal!