For the eighth consecutive year, the United Cardinal Bloggers are voting on their year-end awards.  As always, the ballot is split between on-field awards, honoring the players and moments of the 2014 season, and blog awards, giving the hat tips to those among us that did strong work this season.

The last few years, we’ve opened up a portion of the voting to our followers and readers.  You can vote here and all the “fan ballots” will be accumulated into one cumulative ballot, which will then be added in to the mix of all the other ballots cast by the bloggers.

Here’s the official ballot, including links to the nominees for Post of the Year.  All awards have a write-in option.  Again, please cast your ballot here.  Voting closes November 30.

1) Player of the Year
Nominees: Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, Jhonny Peralta

2) Pitcher of the Year
Nominees: Lance Lynn, Pat Neshek, Adam Wainwright

3) Game of the Year
Nominees: May 20 (Wainwright one-hitter), May 31 (Taveras debut), Game 1 NLDS, Game 4 NLDS, Game 2 NLCS

4) Surprising Player of the Year
Nominees: Jon Jay, Lance Lynn, Pat Neshek

5) Disappointing Player of the Year
Nominees: Peter Bourjos, Justin Masterson, Kevin Siegrist

6) Cardinal Rookie of the Year
Nominees: Marco Gonzales, Randal Grichuk, Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong

7) Acquisition of the Year
Nominees: John Lackey, Pat Neshek, Jhonny Peralta

8) Most Anticipated Cardinal
Nominees: Rob Kaminsky, Stephen Piscotty, Luke Weaver

9) Cardinal Moment of the Year
Nominees: Taveras’s first home run as the rains came, “The Big City Leap” in Game 4 of the NLDS, Wong’s walkoff in Game 2 of the NLCS

10) Best Individual Cardinal Blog

11) Best Team Cardinal Blog*

*–All members of The Cardinal Conclave are considered individual blogs.  No votes for “The Cardinal Conclave” as a whole should be done here.

12) Best Media Coverage
Nominees: Derrick Goold, Jenifer Langosch, Stan McNeal, Bernie Miklasz

13) Best Rookie Cardinal Blog
Nominees: Baseball Geek In Galveston, Bird Tales, Cajun Cardinal, Gateway Sports Connection, High Sock Sunday, Red Cleat Diaries

14) Post of the Year
Nominees: The Dawn of the Stephen Piscotty Era in Right Field (Daniel Solzman), Doctor’s Prescription: A Daily Dose of Baseball (Doug Vollet), The End of a Love and a Season (Marilyn Green), The Lynning: Fact or Fiction? (Daniel Shoptaw), The Outfield Chronicles: A Conversation (Christine Coleman), Thinking of Playoff Baseball (Dan Buffa)

15) Best UCB Project
Nominees: Bloggers As Players, Cardinal Hall of Fame Voting, Mailbag, Roundtables

16) Best UCB Podcast
Nominees: Conversations With C70, Gateway To Baseball Heaven, UCB Radio Hour

17) Best Non-UCB Podcast
Nominees: Best Podcast In Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals Extras (MLB.com), Viva El Birdos Podcast

18) Best Twitterer

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We do this every year after the season is over.   We pull up virtual chairs around a virtual table and hash out different topics relating to the season past and the season to come.  With the Cardinals’ success over the last few years, that “end of season” means our October project usually bleeds over to November.  Check out all our discussions below–a * means the transcript has not been posted, so if they aren’t all starred, come back to find the others!

Tuesday, November 4: I70 Baseball
Wednesday, November 5: Cardinals GM
Thursday, November 6: Go Crazy, Big Boy
Friday, November 7: Gateway Sports Connection*

Monday, November 10: Red Cleat Diaries
Tuesday, November 11: Baseball Geek in Galveston
Wednesday, November 12: Redbird Rants
Thursday, November 13: The View From Here
Friday, November 14: High Sock Sunday

Monday, November 17: On The Outside Corner*
Tuesday, November 18: Fungoes*
Wednesday, November 19: STL Cards ‘N Stuff*
Thursday, November 20: C70 At The Bat*

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Our annual projects in September is a look at the minor league system, ranking what we think are the top 7 prospects on the Cardinal farm.  Take a look and see if you agree!

Cardinal Red Baseball
Gateway Sports Connection
On The Outside Corner

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If you made out a lineup of Cardinal bloggers, who would make the cut?  Who would be the cleanup hitter or the fireballing ace?  Who would be behind the plate or up the middle?

Wonder no more!  For their August project, the United Cardinal Bloggers took on this task.  Each blog is going to have a different thought or look, so be sure to check them all out.  Keep coming back as more will be added throughout the weekend!

Baseball Geek In Galveston
Bird Tales
C70 At The Bat
Cajun Cardinal
Cardinal Nerve Center
High Sock Sunday
I70 Baseball
MLB Voice
Red Cleat Diaries
Women Who Love Cardinal Baseball

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