We’re to the final results post. It’s been a long climb but these are the folks you think most worthy of following. There are some explanations due here but we’ll get to those as we go along. Let’s go!
Number 5: bschaeffer12
Cardinals writer @KMOV. Host @KTGRBigShow, B-Schaeff Daily pod. @SBRReview. Mizzou grad. Cat dad. Boba tea. Bowling’s a sport. GIF has a hard g. I’m no Seth.
— Brenden Schaeffer (@bschaeffer12) December 8, 2022
On Twitter since: July 2011
Number of Tweets: 131.6K
Total points: 1,371
Number of ballots: 162
% that were 10: 33.33%
% that were 1: 0.00%
Ranking history: 26 (2016), 7 (2017), 6 (2018), 6 (2019), 3 (2020), 5 (2021)
Big year for Brenden, as he started a Patreon and actually was more daily with the daily podcast. Oh, and there was that whole “becoming a father” thing too, which is cool. As much grief as I give Brenden–all of it deserved–he’s a prolific writer, talker, and Tweeter with a lot of interesting and good stuff to say. Whether you should follow his betting advice, that’s a completely different topic.
Number 4: kyler416
Fancy Printed Words, 280 Letters Long. General Waywardness. Dweller On The Threshold. Odd head. MiLB for @birdsontheblack. Loves animal Twitter. Don’t follow me
Let me tell you why I’m in part pro Sex/Carlson/Noot and part anti-Walker to start the 2023 season.
Because fans have unreal expectations of prospects and even if 21-year-old Walker is slightly above league average people will be disappointed. Just give him time https://t.co/3cokgxmRWK
— Kyle Reis (@kyler416) December 8, 2022
On Twitter since: December 2012
Number of Tweets: 82.6K
Total points: 1,373
Number of ballots: 152
% that were 10: 61.18%
% that were 1: 1.32%
Ranking history: 65 (2016), 33 (2017), 5 (2018), 8 (2019), 4 (2020), 4 (2021)
Kyle hates this project. HATES it. If I were to mention this at Blogger Day, the only time I ever see Kyle, he might actually hit me. I don’t know why he hasn’t come to terms with how much people love him and what he does by now, but I don’t think any psychiatrist wants to risk going into that avocado he calls a head. Suffice it to say the minor leaguers have no better advocate–his nightly gifs of minor league action do wonders for name recognition–and it’s great to see his knowledge of the system paying off into more and more mainstream exposure. The man’s amazing at what he does and everyone should follow him.
Every year, I go ahead and put myself on the ballot, knowing that I’m not going to count myself in the overall list. After all, it’s my project and it used to seem like I had a bit of an unfair advantage since most people participating were coming from my links. With folks being so incredible about sharing the voting link and getting it well out beyond my reach, that’s a smaller thing now but I’m keeping the tradition. So I’d be right here on points (1,410) but I’m not taking up a number.
Total points: 1,689
Number of ballots: 189
% that were 10: 53.44%
% that were 1: 0.53%
Ranking history: 127 (2018), 3 (2019), 2 (2020), 3 (2021)
Well, this is awkward. Obviously, things have significantly changed around Dan McLaughlin since we did the voting. His arrest for his third DUI has led to him at least suspending if not deleting his Twitter account and getting out of the public eye while dealing with this situation. Tara and I talked about it on the latest Gateway so I don’t want to go too far into it here, but suffice it to say that I hope Dan gets all the help he needs, no matter how long it takes. It was announced yesterday that the two sides had mutually agreed that Dan should leave the broadcast booth, so it’s going to be very different next year.
Number 2: dgoold
Lead Cardinals writer @ St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Proud father. Lapsed cartoonist. World Record INF. 5x APSE #1 beat winner. Friendly neighborhood word slinger.
– Pitcher Cardinals tried to get from Mexico, they finally do from Yankees.
– Will there be ads on #Cardinals jerseys?
– Mikolas to Team USA.
– Mabry joins STL South Beach.
– Another HOF baseball writer with STL roots.https://t.co/14mz0JplSq
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) December 8, 2022
On Twitter since: September 2008
Number of Tweets: 198.3K
Total points: 1,708
Number of ballots: 193
% that were 10: 58.55%
% that were 1: 2.59%
Ranking history: 1 (2015), 2 (2016), 2 (2017), 2 (2018), 2 (2019), 1 (2020), 2 (2021)
Derrick’s never come in lower than second in this event and needs just one more top finish to be the second inductee into the Top Cards on Twitter HOF. (Or third, if someone else beats him there, but more on that later.) There’s no one that knows the Cardinals better than DG. You want an answer, he can give it to you in a link form to an article he’s written about it, perhaps even weeks or months beforehand. He definitely drops the links regularly but there’s always very interesting and well-written info inside them. Plus you occasionally get the geek out over Marvel or other properties as well!
Number 1: katiejwoo
I write 6-3 for a living covering the St. Louis Cardinals for @TheAthleticMLB | @Cronkite_ASU alum | California grown | Less hate, more bat flips ✌🏼
The deciding factor in the Cardinals’ pursuit of Willson Contreras was always going to be how highly they valued offensive production over defensive stability.
We have their answer.
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) December 8, 2022
On Twitter since: March 2016
Number of Tweets: 14.2K
Total points: 1,795
Number of ballots: 192
% that were 10: 67.71%
% that were 1: 0.52%
Ranking history: 1 (2021)
The reason Derrick doesn’t have a HOF plaque, besides the fact that I can’t do graphic design and as such there are no such plaques, is because the Twitter fan base is basically like a group of excited Rick Flair fans in the stands at Busch Stadium. The Woooooos have run out the past two years, giving Katie a chance to be three-and-in if she can hold off Derrick and the rest of the field next year. She’s earned it, given her quality of work at The Athletic while also showing her personality while interacting with folks on Twitter and otherwise.
Of course, we do have one Hall of Fame member. The legend known as cardinalsgifs would still be dominating this thing, racking up rings like the New York Yankees of old, if he hadn’t asked for retirement. So we compromised–we retired him from the listing but I leave him on the ballot so people can express their appreciation (and I don’t have to continually hear “Why isn’t gifs on here?”). Our overlord racked up 1,883 votes on 196 ballots, which means he was voted on more than anyone else. No surprise there!
This afternoon we’ll do a little shuffling of the stats in case you are interested, but if not, thanks for coming along for the ride! Hopefully Twitter’s still around for us to do this again next year!