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Preseason Rituals: Playing Pepper and Cardinal Approval Ratings

Posted on February 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM
Filed Under: Approval Ratings | Playing Pepper | St. Louis Cardinals
I'm a routine kinda guy.  One of the great things about baseball is its rhythm, the fact that it's on almost every day at almost the same time.  I like having a pattern to fall back on, something that drives what I do.

With the coming of the baseball season, there are a lot of things that start marking the time.  The fantasy drafts over at CardsClubhouse.  The increase in baseball Tweets.  Players showing up to spring training in "the best shape of their lives."

Two years ago, I started up two other preseason items that have carried on to the current day.  First off is my series that I call Playing Pepper.  It's a way to keep up with the other teams around baseball by checking in with the bloggers that write about those teams.  This was one of the things that inspired me to start up the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, which is still going strong today.

I like to post a National League team preview and an American League team preview each day, so here's the projected schedule.  As the posts go up, I will update this listing with links in case you want to bookmark it and return on a regular basis.

I've tapped into the membership of the BBA for answers to five questions, three consistent and two team-specific, and the response has been great.  I look forward to bringing you these answers by some of the best bloggers out there.

My other preseason ritual relates to the Cardinal Approval Ratings.  If you look on the right-hand side of the blog, down below the Heroes and Goats scoreboard (yes, it's just about time for those again!) you'll see what everyone received last year on their ratings as well as those that I asked about in 2009 but that weren't on the team in 2010.

This year, I'm bringing all of those back (interestingly, all of those I polled last year are back for 2011) plus I'm adding a few more.  So much so that the voting form has been broken up into three parts.

The first section relates to nine players, ranging from Albert Pujols and Chris Carpenter to Kyle Lohse and Skip Schumaker.  The second section also has nine on it, but these deal with management types.  Lastly, there's a section of nine that lists some of the media types that cover the Cardinals.

You can find the form here and more instructions are listed at the top of that sheet.  I expect that I'll keep the voting open until Friday or Saturday, though it's possible that it will extend into next week depending on the demand.  After the vote closes, I'll release the average rating for one of each of the group every day until they are completed.

With these two things, plus spring training games starting, you can really feel baseball in the air!

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Are heroes and goats the best/worst from each game? If so, I had the same system on Old EM where i had a star of the game (sotg) dor every game. ifido that this year, please know its not a knockoff!

Pretty much. Doesn't mean it's the best player, necessarily, just might be the person who gets a big hit or a key out. Goat might be a person who goes 0-4 or fails in a key moment.

I can't say it's all that original, so I couldn't claim yours as a knockoff if I wanted to!

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