In 2007, the UCB came into being and the first project that we did was the Cardinal Blogger Awards.  In the years that have followed, we’ve expanded and tinkered with the process and the categories, but every year we do this and we are especially proud to present the tenth CBA ballot for your consideration.  The various members of the UCB will be posting their selections on their blogs over the next couple of weeks, but the last few years we’ve given you, our readers and followers, a chance to let your voice be heard as well.

Below is the ballot for this year’s awards, complete with links where appropriate. We encourage you to cast ballots with care and forethought. Read the posts nominated for post of the year. Maybe sample some of the podcasts. The on-field stuff should be easy, but the blogging portion might take a bit more time.

No questions are required, though. If you’d like to skip around and just answer certain ones, that’s fine, though we’d of course like your opinions on everything. You can cast your vote here until Friday, November 18. Expect the awards to be announced on a special UCB Radio on November 23.

Again, the LINK TO THE FORM.

1) Player of the Year
–Matt Carpenter
–Aledmys Diaz
–Yadier Molina
–Brandon Moss
–Write-in: _______________

2) Pitcher of the Year
–Carlos Martinez
–Seung-hwan Oh
–Alex Reyes
–Write-in: _______________

3) Game of the Year
April 8 at Braves (three PH HR)
April 14 at Brewers (Garcia 1 hit, 13 K)
July 16 vs. Marlins (Adam Wainwright shutout)
July 22 vs. Dodgers (Matt Adams home run in 16th)
July 27 at Mets (snapping Famila’s save streak)
August 5 vs. Braves (Jaime Garcia 8 scoreless, 11 K)
August 8 vs. Reds (5 run 9th)
August 14 at Cubs (Piscotty tiebreaking homer)
September 9 at Pittsburgh (three HR in 9th)
October 1 vs. Pittsburgh (rally plus Gyorko winning homer)
–Write-in: ____________

4) Surprise Player of the Year
–Matt Bowman
–Aledmys Diaz
–Jedd Gyorko
–Brandon Moss
–Write-in: ______________

5) Disappointing Player of the Year
–Trevor Rosenthal
–Adam Wainwright
–Michael Wacha
–Kolten Wong
–Write-in: _______________

6) Rookie of the Year
–Aledmys Diaz
–Seung-hwan Oh
–Alex Reyes
–Luke Weaver
–Write-in: ______________

7) Acquisition of the Year
–Zach Duke
–Jedd Gyorko
–Mike Leake
–Seung-hwan Oh
–Write-in: ______________

8) Most Anticipated Cardinal
–Harrison Bader
–Austin Gomber
–Delvin Perez
–Rowan Wick
–Write-in: _______________

9) Best Individual Cardinal Blog
–Write-in: _____________

10) Best Team Cardinal Blog
–Write-in: _____________

11) Best Media Coverage
–Derrick Goold
–Benjamin Hochman
–Jenifer Langosch
–Bernie Miklasz
–Jose de Jesus Ortiz
–Rob Rains
–Write-in: ______________

12) Post of the Year
–”Cardinals Find Perfect Timing as Playoff Hopes Crash”–Bill, I70 Baseball
–”The Kolten Wong Situation”–Daniel, C70 At The Bat
–”Lou Brock, the Lucrative Acquisition Fleet Footed All-Star Societal Difference Maker”–Josey, The Redbird Retreat
–”Not Our Year”–Diane, Women Who Love Cardinal Baseball
–”Worrying What the Flash Means: How We Talk About Race in Baseball”–Chase, Double Birds
–Write-in: _______________

13) Best UCB Podcast
–Bird Seeds (video)
–Conversations With C70
–The Double Birds Podcast
–Gateway To Baseball Heaven
–Meet Me At Musial
–STL CardGals
–Talking About Birds
–UCB Radio Hour
–Write-in: _________________

14) Best Non-UCB Podcast
–Best Podcast in Baseball
–Cards on Cards
–Cubs Cards Cast
–St. Louis Cardinals Extras (MLB.com)
–Two Birds on a Bat
–Viva El Birdos
–Write-in: _________________

15) Best Podcaster
–Write-in: _________________

16) Best UCB Twitterer
–Write-in: _________________

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For the ninth straight year, the United Cardinal Bloggers are proud to present the Cardinal Blogger Awards. The various members of the UCB will be posting their selections on their blogs over the next couple of weeks, but the last few years we’ve given you, our readers and followers, a chance to let your voice be heard as well.

Below is the ballot for this year’s awards, complete with links where appropriate. We encourage you to cast ballots with care and forethought. Read the posts nominated for post of the year. Maybe sample some of the podcasts. The on-field stuff should be easy, but the blogging portion might take a bit more time.

No questions are required, though. If you’d like to skip around and just answer certain ones, that’s fine, though we’d of course like your opinions on everything. You can cast your vote here until Friday, November 20. Expect the awards to be announced on a special UCB Radio on November 25.

Again, the LINK TO THE FORM.

1. Cardinal Player of the Year
–Matt Carpenter
–Jason Heyward
–Jhonny Peralta
–Stephen Piscotty
–Write-in: _______________

2. Cardinal Pitcher of the Year
–Jaime Garcia
–John Lackey
–Carlos Martinez
–Trevor Rosenthal
–Write-in: _______________

3. Cardinal Game of the Year
May 31 vs. LAD (Martinez pitches on Oscar Taveras Day)
July 8 vs. CHC (Peralta game-winning home run)
August 31 vs. WAS (five-run rally)
September 9 vs. CHC (Piscotty caps late rally)
September 20 vs. CHC (Heyward throws out Rizzo at home)
September 28 vs. PIT (Scoreless until 9th with division on line)
–Write-in: ___________________

4. Surprise Cardinal Player of the Year
John Lackey
–Stephen Piscotty
–Trevor Rosenthal
–Write-in: ______________

5. Disappointing Cardinal Player of the Year
Peter Bourjos
–Jon Jay
–Brandon Moss
–Write-in: _______________

6. Cardinal Rookie of the Year
–Mitch Harris
–Tommy Pham
–Stephen Piscotty
–Write-in: ______________

7. Cardinal Acquisition of the Year
–Jonathan Broxton
–Steve Cishek
–Jason Heyward
–Brandon Moss
–Write-in: ______________

8. Most Anticipated Cardinal
–Anthony Garcia
–Michael Ohlman
–Alex Reyes
–Luke Weaver
–Write-in: _______________

9. Biggest Cardinal Injury
–Matt Adams
–Matt Holliday
–Carlos Martinez
–Adam Wainwright
–Write-in: ____________________

10. Best Cardinal Blog, One Writer
–Write-in: ____________________

11. Best Cardinal Blog, Two or More Writers
–Write-in: ____________________

12. Best Cardinal Media Coverage
–Derrick Goold
–Jenifer Langosch
–Bernie Miklasz
–Rob Rains
–Write-in: ______________

13. Best Rookie Cardinal Blog
Me and Willie McGee
The Redbird Retreat
–Write-in: ___________________

14. Post of the Year
Are the Cardinals Supposed to be Scared? (Kevin Reynolds, About.com)
Talking Twitter with the Cards (Daniel Shoptaw, C70 At The Bat)
In Defense of Mike Matheny (Dan Buffa, KSDK)
Carlos Martinez, Human Tsunami (Josey Curtis, The Redbird Retreat)
Why Billy Southworth Managed Cardinals with Heavy Heart (Mark Tomasik, RetroSimba)
–Write-in: ______________________

15. Best UCB Podcast
Best Dans in Baseball
Bird Seeds (video)
Conversations With C70
Gateway To Baseball Heaven
STL CardGals
Talking About Birds
UCB Radio Hour
–Write-in: _____________

16. Best Non-UCB Podcast
Best Podcast in Baseball
Cubs Cards Cast
St. Louis Cardinals Extras (MLB.com)
–Viva El Birdos
–Write-in: _____________

17. Best Podcaster (not best show, best actual podcaster)
–Write-in: _____________

18. Best Twitterer
–Write-in: _____________

 

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Every September, we take a look at the farm system, seeing who might be considered the top prospects in the Cardinal system. Follow the links below to read up on everyone’s picks and we’ve summed it up into an overall UCB list below! (Points were awarded in inverse order–the prospect ranked first got 7 points, etc.)

Cardinal Red Baseball
CardinalsGM
Pitchers Hit Eighth
The Redbird Retreat
RetroSimba
Riding the Pine

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In the past few years, the Cardinals have expanded out their Theme Nights to encompass various different flavors of the fandom.  Star Wars Night, Missouri Night, even American Girl Night have been on the calendar this year.  And while the marketing and promotions department does a great job coming up with these things, that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use a helping hand.  So this month, the UCB is coming up with different Theme Nights they’d like to see in the future.  Some are likely to be humorous, some serious, but all worth reading or listening to!  Keep checking back as posts are linked here!

C70 At The Bat
The Redbird Retreat
STL CardGals (podcast)
STL Sports Minute
Women Who Love Cardinal Baseball

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