While we are usually a traditional folk and do our January project in January most years, this year we made a bit of an exception.  See, today is Red Schoendienst‘s 91st birthday and we thought it only fitting to celebrate the famous Cardinal redhead.  So below you’ll read tributes and thoughts about one of the longest-serving Cardinals ever.  Keep checking back to see more links as they are added.  Happy birthday, Red!

Aaron Miles’ Fastball
C70 At The Bat
CardinalsGM
Fungoes
Redbird Rants
Redbirds Nest In Korea
RetroSimba
Women Who Love Cardinal Baseball

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Every year, the members of the United Cardinal Bloggers use the end of the calendar year to look back over the past 12 months and come up with what they think are the top five stories of the year.  Click through and see what they come up with and continue to come back as more links are added!

Aaron Miles’ Fastball
C70 At The Bat
Cardinals Fan In Cubs Land
CardinalsFarm
CardinalsGM
Dose of Buffa
85% Sports (Eugene)
85% Sports (George)
I70 Baseball
The McBrayer-Baseball Blog
RetroSimba
stlcupofjoe’s Sports Page
The View From Here
Women Who Love Cardinal Baseball

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By now, you should know that the voting for the seventh annual Cardinal Blogger Awards is going on.  Below are the ballots cast–after they are all in, they will be combined with the aggregate fan ballot to come up with our winners.  So check out the voting and see who you agree or disagree with!

Aaron Miles’ Fastball (both Christine and Tara)
C70 At The Bat
Cardinals Fan In Cubs Land
Cardinals Farm
Dose of Buffa
Fungoes
I70 Baseball (Bill)
On The Outside Corner
Redbird Rants
RetroSimba
stlcupofjoe’s Sports Page
The View From Here

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The first project the United Cardinal Bloggers ever did as a group was the Cardinal Blogger Awards.  While the specific awards have changed over the years, every November we come back to this project as a way of honoring both the season past and the bloggers that wrote about it.

While the bloggers will not be posting their selections for another couple of weeks, we are opening up the ballot to our loyal readers and Cardinal fans today.  The past couple of years, we’ve combined all of the reader submissions into one “fan ballot” that counts the equal to any of the ballots turned in by a UCB member.

The ballot is listed here so you can follow any links that you might need to make a decision.  The voting form is over here and ballots must be cast by noon on Friday, November 22.

Remember, the roundtables are still going on, so be sure to check them out as well!

Team Awards
1) Cardinal Position Player of the Year
–Matt Carpenter
–Allen Craig
–Yadier Molina
–Write-in: ___________

2) Cardinal Pitcher of the Year
–Edward Mujica
–Trevor Rosenthal
–Adam Wainwright
–Write-in: ___________

3) Game of the Year
May 10 vs. Colorado (Miller’s almost-perfecto)
May 11 vs. Colorado (Wainwright’s no-hitter into 8th)
August 26 vs. Cincinnati (comeback capped by Craig slam)
September 4 at Cincinnati (Adams 2 extra-inning HR)
September 24 vs. Nationals (Wacha near no-no)
Game 4, NLDS
–Write-in: ____________

4) Surprise Player of the Year
–Matt Carpenter
–Joe Kelly
–Edward Mujica
–Kevin Siegrist
–Write-in: ______________

5) Disappointing Player of the Year
–David Freese
–Pete Kozma
–Fernando Salas
–Write-in: _______________

6) Rookie of the Year
–Matt Adams
–Carlos Martinez
–Shelby Miller
–Michael Wacha
–Write-in: ______________

7) Acquisition of the Year
–John Axford
–Randy Choate
–Write-in: ______________

8) Most Anticipated Cardinal
–Stephen Piscotty
–Lee Stoppleman
–Oscar Taveras
–Write-in: ______________

Blog Awards
9) Best Individual Cardinal Blog*
–Write-in: ______________

10) Best Team Cardinal Blog*
–Write-in: ______________

*–Individual means the blog was written mainly by one person, while a team blog is composed usually by two or more. For classification’s sake, each blog under The Cardinal Conclave label are considered separate entities and should be considered in either team (Pitchers Hit Eighth) or individual (everyone else).

11) Best Media Coverage
–Derrick Goold
–Jenifer Langosch
–Stan McNeal
–Bernie Miklasz
–Joe Strauss
–Write-in: ____________

12) Best Rookie Cardinal Blog
–CardinalsFarm
–Dose of Buffa
–stlcupofjoe’s Sports Page
–The View From Here
–Write-in: ____________

13) Post of the Year
Bad Body Language Has No Place In Baseball (Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land)
Closing The Book On The John Axford Trade (On The Outside Corner)
Doors Close On The Cardinals In 2013 (Dose of Buffa)
How A B-17 Nearly Clipped Cardinals In World Series (RetroSimba)
Matt Holliday: One Of The Most Cost Effective Players In Baseball (stlcupofjoe’s Sports Page)
Memories Help Come To Terms With The Season’s End (Aaron Miles’ Fastball)
RIP Stan The Man (Women Who Love Cardinal Baseball)
Time For The Relievers (The View From Here)
What Does Your Cardinals Jersey Say About You? (C70 At The Bat)
–Write-in: _______________

14) Best UCB Project
Cardinal HOF Inductees
Cardinal HOF Memorabilia
–Roundtables
Top 7 Prospects
–Write-in: ____________

15) Best UCB Podcast
–Conversations With C70
–Gateway To Baseball Heaven
–UCB Radio Hour
–Write-in: ____________

16) Best UCB Twitterer
–Write-in: ____________

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