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The Second Annual Cardinal Blogger Awards Ballot

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 7:00 AM
Filed Under: Baseball | St. Louis Cardinals | United Cardinal Bloggers
You only thought the voting was over.

Whether you were on the left or the right in the presidential election, hopefully you got out to your local polling place and cast your ballot.  As important as that was, there is something that makes your vote count even more—the second annual Cardinal Blogger Awards.

Last year’s CBA was actually the first project for the United Cardinal Bloggers and was a reasonable success for an initial outing.  This year, however, I hope to at least double the number of ballots submitted so as to get even more representation from the people that write about the Cardinals for a hobby.

Scheduled to participate by posting their picks on their blogs next Friday, November 21 is an All-Star cast including Busch Birds, Bugs and Cranks, CardinalNationGlobe, The Cardinal Virtue, CardinalsGM, Fungoes, La Beisbolista, Mike on the Cards, Obviously You’re Not a Golfer, Pitchers Hit Eighth, The Redbird Blog, Redbird Ramblings, Redbird Review, Redbirds Fun, Rockin' the Red and The Rundown.  (And if you are a Cardinal blogger that's not on this list but want to participate, just blog next Friday with your picks and e-mail me a link.)

Below is the ballot.  Most award titles are self-explanatory and last year’s winners (if the award was voted on last year) are in parentheses.  But here are a few notes on the voting process.

First, it would be best if you limited your vote to just one nominee.  If you absolutely can’t narrow it down, you can split your vote in half.

Second, all awards have the option for a “write-in” candidate.  (Some of the blog voting is completely write-in, with no official nominees.)

Third, a note about the blog awards.  Last year there was just one, which Viva El Birdos took home.  This year, to recognize the various types of Cardinal blogs, I’ve separated it into three categories. 

Individual blogs should be ones that have mainly (and by mainly, I’d say 80% or more, probably) be written by one person.  Examples include this blog, CardinalsGM and Cardinals Fun to name a just a few.

Team blogs, in contrast, would be those that have two or more people regularly writing.  Those would be ones like Viva El Birdos, The Cardinal Virtue and BertFlex, for example.

Professional blogs, as you can probably see by the nominees, are for those that make their living writing about the Cardinals in a more traditional way, but have a little blog on the side. 

Finally, rookie blogs (of which I have listed just a few) are those that just began posting this calendar year.

To cast your ballot, post your selections on your blog on November 21.  I’ll tabulate them and come up with the winners sometime in the week following.  Obviously, being a blog, the more explanation you give, the better, though if you want to post just your picks that is fine as well.  After posting your picks, please drop me an e-mail so I can link to your post.

And without any more ramblings from me, after the jump are your Cardinal Blogger Awards nominees:

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1) Player of the Year (Albert Pujols)
        Ryan Ludwick
        Yadier Molina
        Albert Pujols

2) Pitcher of the Year (Adam Wainwright)
         Kyle Lohse
         Braden Looper
         Adam Wainwright

3) Game of the Year (8/9/07 and 9/21/07)
         July 5 vs. Chicago
         August 22 vs. Atlanta
         August 27 vs. Milwaukee
         September 9 vs. Chicago

4) Surprise Player of the Year (Ryan Franklin and Rick Ankiel)
         Kyle Lohse
         Ryan Ludwick
         Skip Schumaker

5) Disappointing Player of the Year (Adam Kennedy)
         Chris Duncan
         Ryan Franklin
         Jason Isringhausen

6) Cardinal Rookie of the Year (Brendan Ryan)
          Joe Mather
          Kyle McClellan
          Chris Perez

7) New Cardinal of the Year (Joel Pineiro)
           Troy Glaus
           Cesar Izturis
           Kyle Lohse

8) Most Anticipated Cardinal (Colby Rasmus)
           Bryan Anderson
           Colby Rasmus
           Jess Todd

9) Best Individual Blog

10) Best Team Blog

11) Best Professional Blog
           Bernie's Extra Points
           Bird Land
           Obviously, You're Not a Golfer

12) Best UCB Project
           Progressive Game Blog
           Roundtables (Example: October's)
           Top 7 Prospects

13) Most Optimistic Blog

14) Funniest Blog

15) Best Blog Post/Series of the Year
           Beer Vendor (Warm and Cold)
           Biggest Plays of 2008 (Sample: Part 4)
           Reading the T-Shirts
           Scott Rolen vs. Eddie Vedder

16) Rookie Blog of the Year
           Busch Birds
           Pitchers Hit Eighth


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Tried an unsuccessful email. Will gather what info I can on the UCB awards for radio, but if you are listening on 12/3, I would like to cue you in to call in the results or current status or wherever we are with the awards.

Live stuff sometimes gets off-track, so if I don't cue you, please just call it in. Or, just call in when you want to.

Not sure why the e-mail didn't go through. I'll try to listen 12/3, though I hope to have the results posted on 12/1. We can talk about them, though!

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