Conclave Members

Josh Gilliam

Josh Gilliam (@aprfool79) forms half of the dynamic duo that writes the legendary blog Pitchers Hit Eighth.  A former Marine, Josh can provide security for The Conclave as well as whip up a mean post full of great Cardinal talk.  Josh calls the Joplin area home and he gave a few personal details in the midst of his first outing here on the site.  Josh is the scrappy utility guy around here, being found not only at PH8 but at times over at Prospect Preacher as well.



Mike Metzger (@metzgermg) is the wise veteran of this group, having started his first blog (Stan Musial’s Stance) in 2006.  He shuttered that one after the Cardinals won in 2011, but stayed in the blogging game by penning Padres Trail, which is now part of The Conclave’s spiritual ancestor, Padres Public.  Given that he lives in the San Diego area, it’s not a surprise to see him commenting on both teams.  We were lucky enough to bring him back out of Cardinal retirement with West Coast Redbird, where he contributes on occasion.



Daniel Shoptaw (@C70) has been blogging since 2007 and now is in his third location with C70 At The Bat.  Along the way, he’s created groups like the United Cardinal Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, does his own podcast, and can be heard on Gateway To Baseball Heaven every Sunday as well as UCB Radio sporadically.  Given his prolific nature, it’s not surprising that you’ll find him here most every weekday during baseball season, recapping and previewing the Cardinal action.


Doug Vollet (@drv421g) follows the Cardinals and baseball in general from his home in Texas, making him a Baseball Geek in Galveston.  Doug will blog about anything baseball related but likes to look at a specific player or situation for his posts.  You’ll find him writing when his real life allows him the time!




Nick Waeltz  (@PitchersHit8th) is the founder of Pitchers Hit Eighth and the driving force behind the formation of The Conclave.  Nick, who has the misfortune of also residing in the Chicago area, started blogging in 2008 and has continued regularly since that time.  You’ll find Nick contributing when time allows and you can find out a bit more about him in this post.

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