February 03, 2010
The BLS Blogbook aims to map the online information terrain by providing a separate web directory for each team. The product below is a result of submitted entries by team-specific bloggers and compiled information from the Big League Stew staff.
Please subscribe, follow and bookmark to your heart's content. If you're a blogger who would like to be listed, please visit this post for further instructions.
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C70 At The Bat RSS
Post I'm Proud Of: Reading the T-Shirts (and Casey in Today's Baseball)
Who We Are: "I'm an average Cardinal fan with the propensity for organization (see the United Cardinal Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance), I typically give management and players the benefit of the doubt and just sit back and enjoy the game, especially when Albert Pujols(notes) is playing it."
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Cards Cove RSS
Established: February 2009
Specialty: St. Louis Cardinals news, gossip, rumors, sarcasm
Post We're Proud of: Cardinal's All-Decade Team
Who We Are: "Our goal is to help every Cardinal enthusiast get the team news, stories and opinions in a fresh, entertaining, and a lot of times sarcastic way. It all depends on my mood. I have been following the Cardinals religiously for many years. This blog gives me a chance to put my Cardinal addiction to good use. Well, somewhat good use."
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Cards Diaspora RSS
Twitter: @athooks @shaw0n
Specialty: The dirty underbelly of Cardinal baseball, keeping the franchise honest, hot chicks
Post We're Proud Of: Five Most Annoying Storylines of the Mark McGwire Steriod Revelation
Who We Are: "Cards Diaspora is a bastion of truth in a town famous for suckling at the teat of Cardinals baseball. We come in handy when the ‘media' doesn't want to talk turkey because Tony La Russa can, like, be really mean and stuff. Formed in 2006, the site has been producing posts on Rick Ankiel's(notes) love for your mother, Albert Pujols' infinite awesomeness and bacon. Pretty much daily. Mmmm bacon. If you've reached the end of the Internet, feel free to come hang out."
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The Cardinal Nation Blog RSS
Established: December 2008
Specialty: Commentary on St. Louis Cardinals majors and minors, organizational history and business of baseball
Post We're Proud of: Cardinals roster matrix (kept current for entire minor league system), Top 20 Cardinals stories of 2009
Who We Are: "Brian Walton's commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals and their minor league system. New Cardinals-related content 365 days a year. Part of the Yardbarker Network."
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Established: October 2004
Specialty: Cardinals news from a sabermetric point of view
Who We Are: "Official blog of the Bob Broeg (St. Louis) SABR Chapter and member of ESPN SweetSpot blog network."
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Joe Sports Fan RSS iTunes
Specialty: Podcasts, taunting Cubs fans
Posts We're Proud Of: Grown Men With Baseball Gloves
Who We Are: "Our site and podcast focuses on national sports humor, but a lot of our inspiration for absurdity inevitably comes from our hometown of St. Louis."
Pitchers Hit Eighth RSS
Established: May 2008
Twitter: @PitchersHit8th, @GoElBirdos, @aprfool79
Specialty: Commentary, fan viewpoints, sabermetrics, editorials, etc.
Post(s) We're Proud of: The Pat Parris Fallacies: Pitcher should bat ninth to improve offense (our personal manifesto of sorts), Cardinals catchers versus the stolen base
Who We Are: "A fan blog all dressed up to (we think) look pretty professional, Pitchers Hit Eighth is a repository for St. Louis Cardinals fans to go to find commentary from professional fans who also happen to be amateur writers. We cover plenty from the statistical side of David Freese versus Mark DeRosa to the personal fan experiences of growing up as a Cards fan. Member blog of the United Cardinal Bloggers and Baseball Bloggers Alliance, we help host a weekly Cards-based podcast with the UCB."
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Play a Hard Nine RSS
Twitter: @Erik_Manning @Steve_Sommer
Specialty: Sabermetrics, analysis, commentary and the occasional snark.
Posts We're Proud Of: Jim Edmonds and Greatness, Defensive Projections Take 2, Simulation, CHONE and the Cardinals
Who We Are: "Erik Manning of FanGraphs and Steve Sommer of Beyond the Boxscore team up to talk about their favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, from a sabermetric slant. We are self-admitted nerds, and our nerdery knows no bounds."
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Redbird Rants RSS
Established: October 2007
Specialty: Commentary, Game Analysis, Personal Experiences
Post We're Proud of: Steroid Users Must Be Banned From the Game, Mr. Selig
Who We Are: "As part of the Fansided Sports Blog Network family, Redbird Rants provides another look at St. Louis Cardinals baseball through game analysis, reporting on daily operations of the club, and commentary on big stories (like following Mark McGwire's return). My name is Ryne Gery and I recently took over the site's lead blogger position. I am a baseball purist who hates what steroids have done to the game, and hope one day America's pastime can be restored to the Golden Age."
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Stan Musial's Stance
Established: September 2006
Specialty: SABR-influenced analysis, commentator
Post I'm proud of: So ... Who Is the Cardinals Biggest Rival?
Who We Are: "I was moved to write while watching St. Louis' epic September 2006 collapse, except they pulled out of that tailspin and won the World Series. Describing that swing of emotion was a lot of fun, and I've been monitoring the team (with a West Coast perspective) ever since."
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Viva El Birdos RSS
Established: May 2005
Specialty: Fixed-verse poetry
Post We're Proud Of: Viva El Birdos Theater: Skip dresses as a second baseman, marries at the end
Who We Are: "We're a blog about the St. Louis Cardinals, and being a fan of same. And we get at that general topic through the specific means of sabermetric analysis, extended personal reminiscence, doggerel, plays in one act, etc. Our current bloggers are the red baron (personal reminiscence, music recommendations) on Wednesday; tom s. (satire, analysis) on Saturday; vivaelpujols (PitchF/X, math) on Sunday; and danup (doggerel, the royal we) the rest of the week. We also have the best viewing and commenting audience in the business, thanks in part to a ruthless moderator who will remain nameless."
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Do you keep a blog for the Cardinals or another MLB team and wish to be listed in the BLS Blogbook? It's not too late, just follow these instructions for future inclusion.
Coming Thursday: Rays, Rangers