We’re at the top of the heap. We’ll see who is king of the hill. But before we get to the names you know in the order you don’t, a final look back at the past entries. Previously, on Top Cards on Twitter……
121-170 (The Write-Ins)
…..and now, the conclusion.
Number 5: kyle416
Fancy Printed Words 280 Letters Long. General Waywardness. Odd shaped head. Obsessed with Mike Shildt. I Write about the minors for @birdsontheblack. On Lunch
If kiké hernández Played for the Cardinals he would be the official position player of “Prospects after Dark”.
We’ll See you on Thursday at 8:30 central time https://t.co/wGVXLpYBmo
— Kyle Reis (@kyler416) October 22, 2018
On Twitter since: December 2012
Number of Tweets: 25.2K
Total points: 798
Number of ballots: 87
% that were 10: 60.92%
% that were 1: 0.00%
2017 rank: 33
If there’s a person that’s put their stamp on 2018, it has to be Kyle Reis. Periscope should be paying Kyle for all the attention Prospects After Dark has brought to the platform. Kyle can belittle whatever is going on there as much as he wants, but the facts are as plain as the glare off his avocado-shaped head: his passion, knowledge, and humor completely shine through in a way that lets him connect with so many different types of people. There have been a lot of great prospect guys in the past for Cardinal Nation but I think Kyle has taken it to a new level and folks are learning more about the baby birds than ever before.
(OK, so every year I go ahead and put myself on the ballot but then don’t include myself in the rankings, just noting where I would have fallen. Normally, I say that’s because I have a bit of an unfair advantage–if you are voting, you probably found it because you follow me–but this year I wasn’t on about 20% of the ballots, so obviously this spread farther than just my efforts and I thank everyone for helping get the word out. I also appreciate all those that expressed this much satisfaction with my Twitter work. I’ll try to keep it up!)
Number 4: StlCardsCards
My personal hiatus and recap. Thank you everyone. I appreciate all of you. OK, most of you. Some of you. Whatever. #stlcardshttps://t.co/JSkmk32oFl
— CardsCards (@StlCardsCards) September 28, 2018
On Twitter since: March 2014
Number of Tweets: 53.7K
Total points: 829
Number of ballots: 99
% that were 10: 41.41%
% that were 1: 4.04%
2017 rank: 4
It was a little quieter year for the man that is one of only three accounts to finish at the top of this list. (That could be a spoiler for later on, but I don’t think it’s much of one.) When he was around, though, CardsCards was still the bitingly funny guy we’ve come to know over the past three years and change. Hopefully this hiatus is only temporary, because I can imagine a wonderfully done post detailing the Bryce Harper rumors coming from his keyboard.
Number 3: LangoschMLB
Christian | Wife | Mother to Audrey | Cardinals beat reporter for http://MLB.com | Contributor to http://101sports.com and MLB Network | Mizzou Made
Examining the cases of five current #STLCards who have an uncertain fit or undefined role heading into 2019. https://t.co/qF6nDOoUIX
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) October 23, 2018
On Twitter since: July 2009
Number of Tweets: 22.8K
Total points: 840
Number of ballots: 97
% that were 10: 40.21%
% that were 1: 0.00%
2017 rank: 3
As noted before, there’s not a lot of change at the top this year, but that’s basically because these accounts are just so good. We had to do without Jenifer for much of the season as she gave birth to her daughter (and Joe Trezza did a fine job filling in) but she was back for the second half and documented the stretch run in her own inimitable style. Jenifer is a fixture in the St. Louis media scene and is a great follow for information or for links to her work on MLB.com.
Number 2: dgoold
Lead Cardinals beat writer for St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Proud father. Bookworm. Lapsed cartoonist. World Record-holding INF. Friendly neighborhood word slinger.
Matt Carpenter, on the cover. Story inside is based around a conversation we had in the dugout about his swing, his swings of production, and how he didn’t change a thing — and that changed everything. #stlcards #cardinals #MLB https://t.co/nzUv5cNmQt
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) October 24, 2018
On Twitter since: September 2008
Number of Tweets: 132K
Total points: 868
Number of ballots: 101
% that were 10: 45.54%
% that were 1: 0.99%
2017 rank: 2
If you are a Cardinal fan on Twitter, you are following Derrick Goold. I mean, you just about have to be to stay informed, right? Goold is often breaking Cardinal news and detailing what it means, then linking to the story on Twitter so you can read it. You’ll find him doing the regular Best Podcast in Baseball and long, far-reaching chats on STL Today, so there’s rarely a facet of the Cardinal approach that Derrick doesn’t have some thoughts and knowledge about.
Number 1: cardinalsgifs
Creator of @birdsontheblack “I don’t know who put out the hit,” Maddon said “I don’t know if Tony Soprano is in the dugout”
Right handed hitting Matty C
(and RHP Kershaw)
requested by @Awto_ pic.twitter.com/PjbQXs1zQY
— cardinalsgifs (@cardinalsgifs) October 23, 2018
On Twitter since: May 2015
Number of Tweets: 44.3K
Total points: 997
Number of ballots: 105
% that were 10: 74.29%
% that were 1: 0.00%
2017 rank: 1
Scroll back for a minute and look at Derrick Goold’s total points. That’s a really good total, right? I mean, that’s second place. And yet cardinalsgifs beat him by almost 130 points. That’s the difference between Goold and #7 Joe Schwarz and then some. Finding someone that is as beloved on Twitter–heck, just about anywhere–as gifs is is almost impossible to do. And the man just keeps giving. Whether it’s designing and promoting BOTB clothing (like the Prospect After Dark fall collection, available now), throwing up excellent gifs for folks to view, or just bringing his artistry to those that need it–I’m so excited to share the Exit Interview header that he’s prepped for this year–gifs is a gentleman and a scholar in all that he does and it’s no wonder he repeats as the Top Card on Twitter for 2018.
We’ll be back with some final thoughts in a post in a little bit!