The 2010 UCB Awards

Every year, the United Cardinal Bloggers cast ballots on all the best the St. Louis Cardinals and its merry band of citizen journalists has to offer. My picks are bolded & underlined, and some explanation for each vote appears in italics below it. I didn’t offer any commentary for my votes on the blogs because I believe you, the reader, should visit them. I think you’ll see, in each case, the blog I voted for speaks for itself.

 

 

Cardinal Bloggers Awards

2010 Ballot

 

 

1. Player of the Year

-Matt Holliday
-Albert Pujols
-Colby Rasmus
-Write-in: _______________

 

Like there’s ever any doubt.

 

2. Pitcher of the Year

-Chris Carpenter
-Jaime Garcia
-Adam Wainwright
-Write-in: _______________

 

He’s the Cardinals’ ace. He’ll be here for a while, and they need to build the rotation around him.

 

3. Game of the Year

April 5 at Cincinnati-Opening Day, 2 HR from Pujols, slam from Molina
May 30 at Chicago-Pujols three home runs
July 18 vs. Los Angeles-Five runs in eight and ninth to win
July 19 vs. Philadelphia-Four home runs
August 10 at Cincinnati-Brawl, home run from Molina
-Write-in: _________________

 

I think this game represents the best of the 2010 Cardinals; unfortunately it was also a turning point in the wrong direction.

 

4. Surprise Player of the Year

-David Freese
-Jaime Garcia
-Jon Jay
-Write-in: ________________

 

I think “cautiously optimistic” is the most anyone would say about Garcia before the 2010 season. In 2011, the question will be whether he can still be an effective #3 starter. That’s quite a jump in perception.

 

5. Disappointing Player of the Year

-Kyle Lohse
-Dennys Reyes
-Brendan Ryan
-Write-in: _________________

 

What was most disappointing about Ryan was that stretch where even his defense wasn’t good. Ryan’s increased offense in 2009 was probably an aberration, unfortunately. Now we know.

 

6. Rookie of the Year

-Jaime Garcia

-Jon Jay
-Fernando Salas
-Write-in: _________________

 

There’s really nothing to say here…easy call.

 

7. Acquisition of the Year

-Aaron Miles
-Brad Penny
-Jake Westbrook
-Write-in: ________________

 

In April, the Penny signing looked like it was going to make the Cards the favorite to go all the way. The rotation looked completely unstoppable. But that didn’t last very long. Westbrook brought stability, and now he’s a Cardinal for at least two more years. That may not have happened without being traded to STL in 2010.

 

8. Biggest Off-Field Story

-Jaime Garcia’s shutdown without him knowing
-Mark McGwire’s return to baseball
-Colby Rasmus’s trade request
-Write-in: _____________

 

This was just weird. Rasmus looked bad, Tony LaRussa looked bad, and the team suddenly appeared even more chaotic than everyone speculated. It will be interesting to see how things play out next season.

 

9. Most Anticipated Cardinal

-Zack Cox
-Lance Lynn
-Shelby Miller
-Write-in: ________________

 

I’m going to go ahead and say it: Shelby Miller will make his St. Louis Cardinals debut in 2012, and will be a full member of the rotation in 2013 alongside Adam Wainwright and Jaime Garcia. We may see the other two guys before then, but Miller is a lock. Write it down.

 

10. Best Individual Cardinal Blog

-Write-in: Fungoes

 

11. Best Team Cardinal Blog

-Write-in: Joe Sports Fan

 

12. Best Media Blog

Bird Land
Cardinal Beat
Obviously, You’re Not A Golfer
-Write-in: _______________

 

13. Best UCB Project

-Cardinal All-Decade Team
-Progressive Game Blog
-Roundtables
-Write-in: ______________

 

The roundtable discussions really are my favorite. I love getting a preview of everyone’s thoughts on a topic, especially how those thoughts relate to my own. It’s the closest thing to live debate we have at UCB.

 

14. Most Optimistic Cardinal Blog

-Write-in: C70 At The Bat

 

15. Funniest Cardinal Blog

-Write-in: Cards Diaspora

 

16. Rookie Cardinal Blog of the Year

Cardinal Diamond Diaries
i70baseball
RetroSimba
Welcome To Baseball Heaven
-Write-in: _______________

 

–Chris 

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