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The Parting Of The Ways

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Filed Under: General
The Doctor: Rose Tyler. I was going to take you to so many places. Barcelona! Not the city Barcelona, the planet Barcelona. You'd love it, fantastic place! They've got dogs with no noses! Imagine how many times a day you end up telling that joke and it's still funny! 
Rose: Then... why can't we go? 
The Doctor: Maybe you will. And maybe I will. But not like this. 
Rose: You're not making sense. 
The Doctor: I might never make sense again! I might have two heads, or no head. Imagine me with no head, ha! And don't say that's an improvement... But it's a bit dodgy, this process. You never know what you're going to end up with.
Almost five and a half years ago, I shut down my initial foray into blogging over at Wordpress and joined up here on the Blogs By Fans network.  I was excited to join up on a network with a number of great blogs and interesting writers and thought this might increase my exposure somewhat.  There's no doubt that it has or that the people behind BBF, especially Brian, have been incredible.  If it wasn't for a new opportunity, I'd have likely been here for a much more extended time.

However, change comes to us all, even those that aren't necessarily the biggest proponents of it.  For years, Nick from Pitchers Hit Eighth and I have kicked around the idea of getting some Cardinal blogs under the same banner.  Not to combine the blogs, per se, because everyone should keep their individuality, but to have them all in the same location so it's easier for people to read five or six different writers.  No need to hit this site, then this site, then this site to find out what a lot of Cardinal fans are thinking.

We never quite got the mechanics figured out, but we never completely dropped the idea.  Then, in February, Padres Public opened and we saw how it was supposed to be done.  One big umbrella with all the different blogs huddled under it.  You want to read just Padres Trail?  There's a URL for that.  Each blog was its own spot, but the main page gave you all the posts in the fashion of a megablog.  There was some general framework hooking them together, but each voice retained its individuality.

After seeing that, Nick and I started working on adapting that concept to the Cardinal blogosphere.  Today, we are proud to announce The Cardinal Conclave, bringing together a number of the bloggers you are already familiar with in one central location.  I'd list them all, but I'd rather you head over to the site and see.  I'm extremely proud of the people involved and excited to see what we can do in the future.

That does mean a change for me, though.  Starting today, you'll find me at the Conclave instead of this old home place.  You can find C70 At The Bat directly or read my posts in the main feed at the front page.  Likely by time you are reading this I've already written about this past weekend, assigning Heroes and Goats to the games against the Giants.  Be sure to read my introductory post, though, because it pairs well with this one.  So change your bookmarks and your RSS feeder.

Just like The Doctor, this change doesn't do anything but put a new face on what you are used to.  I've written over 1700 posts between the first two locations and that history goes with me, even if the posts are staying here.  You'll still find Playing Pepper and Exit Interviews and Heroes and Goats and UCB projects and crazy parodies.  Nothing is changing there.  The face may be different, but the history lives on.

I thank all of my readers for their support and hope that you'll follow me along with this new incarnation.  While the latter half of The Ninth Doctor's final words (and yes, given that this is going to be my third location, I really should be using the transition from David Tennant to Matt Smith, but I'm only at the beginning of Season 4 of the modern Who and I don't know how that scene goes and I'm not willing to spoil myself for this conceit) may not be all that accurate, the first part definitely is.  See you on the flip side!

Rose: Can't you do something? 
The Doctor: Yeah. I'm doing it now. Time Lords, we have this little trick. It's sort of a way of cheating death. Except... it means I'm going to change. And I'm not going to see you again... Not like this. Not with this daft old face. And before I go-- 
Rose: Don't say that! 
The Doctor: Rose... before I go, I just want to tell you: you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? [Pause] So was I!


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Jake Westbrook (2)
David Freese (1)
Joe Kelly (1)
Seth Maness (1)
Trevor Rosenthal (1)
Michael Wacha (1)
Ty Wigginton (1)

2012 Top Hero: Matt Holliday (17)
2011 Top Hero: Lance Berkman (24)
2010 Top Heroes: Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols (24)
2009 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (28)
2008 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (25)

Goats
Jon Jay (6)
David Freese (5)
Mitchell Boggs (4)
Joe Kelly (4)
Pete Kozma (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Allen Craig (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Yadier Molina (3)
Matt Adams (2)
Carlos Beltran (2)
Matt Carpenter (2)
Matt Holliday (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Seth Maness (1)
Shane Robinson (1)
Fernando Salas (1)
Adam Wainwright (1)
Jake Westbrook (1)

2012 Top Goat: Rafael Furcal (11)
2011 Top Goat: Ryan Theriot (12)
2010 Top Goat: Brendan Ryan (14)
2009 Top Goats: Rick Ankiel and Todd Wellemeyer (13)
2008 Top Goat: Troy Glaus (13)

Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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