Ever since I began promoting The Redbird Daily as the newest Cardinals blog, I have received tons of feedback from Cards fans wanting a new voice out in Cardinal Nation. A couple of days ago, I put out a call for writers. I received over 40 people interested in writing for the site and my goal was to find people who are going to be dedicated and who are knowledgeable on the Cardinals. My original goal was to have a staff of 5 writers, but there were so many qualified voices.
Here are your writers for The Redbird Daily. Please give them a follow on Twitter!
John Nagel – @CardinalsFarm
As the second oldest member of the group, I began writing about 5 years ago for my friend Corey Rudd and his site StlSportsMinute.com. Afterwards, I began CardinalsFarm.com which started as a minor league blog but turned into much more. Time commitments forced me to shut it down. After that I had short stints at VivaElBirdos and the Cardinals Scout.com site. I also started KangarooCourtSTL.com with Rudd and fellow high school buddy Jeff Wear. I am 34 years old and live in Atlanta, Georgia. I look forward to covering the minor league system as well as analytical posts.
Easton Leonard – @The_Easton
Leonard, a Mena, Arkansas resident and team youngster at 16, has been around the block with his writing career. He has written at several sites including his own, MLBMayhem, and also currently writes at Hardball Scoop. Leonard’s favorite Cardinals memory was attending his first game, a game that saw a Matt Holliday walk-off home run. Easton Leonard will be focusing on news and rumors for the Cardinals.
Kyle Reis – @Kyler416
Kyle is a 30-year old resident of the city of St. Louis. He is relatively new to writing and has written a few articles for StlSportsMinute. Even though he was at Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, Reis considers his favorite Cardinals memory growing up at Busch Stadium while his dad was an usher in the left field bleachers. Kyle will be providing analysis pieces, but not too analytical, and also minor league coverage.
Colin Garner – @colingarner22
Garner comes to The RedBird Daily as a 20-year old resident of Springfield, Missouri. He is a rookie writer who has one post under his belt at StlSportsMinute. He likes to cover the analytical side of baseball and his favorite Cardinals memory is Game 3 of the 2013 World Series as he was in attendance. Garner is also a player on the Drury University Baseball team.
Clay Beyersdorfer – @TonOfClayton
Clay probably has the most interesting background of any of the Redbird Daily’s writers. He is a Purple Heart recipient as a veteran in the U.S. Army. The 26-year old St. Louis resident was a writer/photographer in the Army and has had work published by CNN, MSNBC, TIME, and much more. He is a big comedy fan and will use it in his writing, which will consist of news and rumors.
Zach Gifford – @zjgifford
At 21-years old, Zach is a Notre Dame student who is primarily a fan of the University of Illinois, however living in South Bend, he is a ND fan by default. He is a writing rookie who’s greatest Cardinals memory is Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. He says his writing at The Redbird Daily will be analysis focused.
Adam Butler – @LanceDance1
Butler is another writing rookie on the staff. This 24-year old Jerseyville, Illinois resident will focus on analytical type posts and would love to use Statcast in some of his work. His greatest Cardinals memory is paying $300 for a standing room only ticket at Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. He says it took him a week to get his voice back completely.
Sammy Stava – @StavaonSTL
At 22-years old, Stava would be considered a writing veteran. He wrote for me at CardinalsFarm as well as many other places. Stava was in person for both the 2006 and 2011 World Series, which he considers to be his favorite Cardinals moments. For The Redbird Daily, he will focus on news and rumors.
Allen Medlock – @amedlock1
Allen is the senior member of this group at 40-years young and he resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Allen has done some analytical writing on his own but has no real experience. One of Medlock’s greatest Cards memories was attending the Cards/Mets series at the end of the 1987 series. He got to see the club celebrate winning the division in front of the second place Mets.
I am really excited about the group of writers I have put together for this site. We have a good mix of experienced and rookie writers. We also have a good mix of analysis, analytics, news, rumors, and minor league coverage. We really hop you enjoy The Redbird Daily!