Weaponizing Twitter to Enhance Your Baseball Experience: 2020

Written by: Ray Butler

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Last January, I begrudgingly limped to the finish line of the first edition of this article. The meat and potatoes of the article had set in the drafts for a couple of weeks. I was uninspired, and the leg-work for an article like this isn’t a quick process.

I thought about scrapping the article all together. Thank goodness I didn’t. Last year’s version of this article was the first Prospects365.com article to ever reach 10,000 views.

People are extremely aware of two things: 1) there’s no such thing as having too many weapons in your fantasy baseball arsenal, and 2) if utilized correctly, Twitter can truly transform the way you watch, absorb and evaluate baseball.

Last season, the list you’re about to scroll through consisted of just over 100 valuable Twitter accounts. This season, the list has grown to nearly 175. The list includes everything from news breakers, to fantasy baseball must-follows, to advanced analysts, to prospectors, to beat writers, to the best daily lineup and weather accounts. Each category has its own place on your Twittersphere, especially if you play any format of fantasy baseball. But even if you’re not a fantasy baseballer and the extent of your intake is as a fan of the sport, I’d wager—even if it means you’d have to create a Twitter account—your experience will be significantly enhanced by adding the accounts below to your social media repertoire.

It’s impossible to create an all-encompassing list, but I’d like to think this will get you started down the correct path.

Let’s dive in.

The News Breakers

Jon Heyman, MLB Network. Account: @JonHeyman

MLB Trade Rumors, MLB Trade Rumors. Account: @mlbtraderumors

Jon Morosi, MLB Network. Account: @jonmorosi

Jeff Passan, ESPN. Account: @JeffPassan

Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic. Account: @Ken_Rosenthal

Fantasy Baseball

George Bissell, Rotoworld. Account: @GeorgeBissell

Ryan Bloomfield, BaseballHQ. Account: @RyanBHQ

Ryan Boyer, Rotoworld. Account: @RyanPBoyer

Brant Chesser, BaseballHQ. Account: @BrantChesser

Tristan Cockcroft, ESPN. Account: @SultanofStat

Ariel Cohen, Fangraphs. Account: @ATCNY

Jason Collette, RotoWire. Account: @jasoncollette

Doug Dennis, BaseballHQ. Account: @DougDennis41

Bubba Dentrek, Benched With Bubba Podcast. Account: @bdentrek

Yancy Eaton, Scribe of Awesome Tweets. Account: @YancyEaton

Jeff Erickson, RotoWire. Account: @Jeff_Erickson

Alex Fast, Pitcher List. Account: @AlexFast8

Max Freeze, Freeze Stats. Account: @FreezeStats

Rudy Gamble, Razzball. Account: @rudygamble

Steve Gardner, USA Today. Account: @SteveAGardner

Will Garofalo, SP Streamer and Pitcher List. Account: @WGarofalo2

Jason Gold, Six Man Rotation. Account: @ChopCityJason

Max Goldstein, MaxSportingStudio.com. Account: @MaxSportsStudio

Toby Guevin, BatFlip Crazy. Account: @batflipcrazy

Scott Jenstad, RotoWire. Account: @ScottJenstad

Ian Kahn, The Athletic and RotoWire. Account: @IanKahn4

Mike Kurland, Fantrax and the Bases Loaded Pod. Account: @Mike_Kurland

Clay Link, RotoWire. Account: @claywlink

Justin Mason, Fantasy Benefits and TGFBI. Account: @JustinMasonFWFB

Walter McMichael, Real Fake Baseball Podcast. Account: @realfakewalter

MLB Moving Averages, MLB Moving Averages. Account: @MLBMovingAvg

Matt Modica, The Athletic. Account: @ctmbaseball

Cubby Nole, Fantasy Front Office, Account: @CubbyNole

Austin Perodeau, Six Man Rotation. Account: @roto_perodeau

Scott Pianowski, Yahoo. Account: @scott_pianowski

Nick Pollack, PitcherList.com. Account: @PitcherList

Dan Richards, Pitcher List. Account: @Fantasy_Esquire

Fantasy Rundown, FantasyRundown.com. Account: @FantasyRundown

Vlad Sedler, FantasyGuru.com. Account: @RotoGut

Rob Silver, Launch Angle podcast. Account: @RobSilver

Michael Simione, SP Streamer. Account: @SpStreamer

Andy Singleton, ExpandTheBoxscore.com. Account: @PeoplezPen

Paul Sporer, Rotographs. Account: @sporer

Derek VanRiper, The Athletic. Account: @DerekVanRiper

Colin Weatherwax, Fantasy Benefits. Account: @CWeatherwax13

Scott White, CBS Sports. Account: @CBSScottWhite

Matt Williams, Fantasy Pros and the Turn Two Podcast: Account: @MattWi77iams

Jeff Zimmerman, Rotographs. Account: @jeffwzimmerman

Todd Zola, Mastersball. Account: @ToddZola

Advanced Analysts and Baseball Personalities

Michael Ajeto, Pitcher List. Account: @mikeyajetoPL

Michael Augustine, Fangraphs. Account: @AugustineMLB

Marc Carig, The Athletic. Account: @MarcCarig

Derek Carty, ESPN and RotoGrinders. Account: @DerekCarty

Alex Chamberlain, Rotographs. Account: @DolphHauldhagen

Rustin Dodd, The Athletic. Account: @rustindodd

Evan Drellich, The Athletic. Account: @EvanDrellich

Foolish Baseball, Foolish Baseball. Account: @FoolishBB

Jeremy Frank, MLB Random Stats. Account: @MLBRandomStats

Rob Friedman, Pitching Ninja. Account: @PitchingNinja

Zach Hayes, Prospects 365. Account: @PineTarKeyboard

Connor Kurcon, Six Man Rotation. Account: @ckurcon

Chelsea Ladd, Dugout Dish. Account: @chelseabrooke

James McCool, NumberBall. Account: @Paydirt_DFS

Andy McCullough, The Athletic. Account: @ByMcCullough

Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman, Cut4. Account: @CespedesBBQ

Jomboy, Talking Yanks. Account: @Jomboy_

Buster Olney, ESPN. Account: @Buster_ESPN

Cory Ott, Prospects 365 and SP Streamer. Account: @cory5ott

Mike Petriello, MLB.com. Account: @mike_petriello

Estee Rivera, Prospects 365. Account: @esteerivera42

Eno Sarris, The Athletic. Account: @enosarris

Travis Sawchik, FiveThirtyEight. Account: @Travis_Sawchik

Joe Schwarz, Pitch Analyst. Account: @stlCupofJoe

Jayson Stark, The Athletic. Account: @jaysonst

Dan Szymborski, Fangraphs. Account: @DSzymborski

Umpire Auditor, Umpire Auditor. Account: @UmpireAuditor

Daren Willman, Baseball Savant. Account: @darenw

Prospects

Ray Butler, Prospects 365. Account: @Prospects365

Eddy Almaguer, Prospects Live. Account: @EddyAlmaguer

James Anderson, RotoWire. Account: @RealJRAnderson

Baseball Farm, Baseball Farm. Account: @BaseballFarm

Ben Badler, Baseball America. Account: @BenBadler

Jake Berry, Prospects1500. Account: @berrys_baseball

Chris Blessing, BaseballHQ. Account: @C_Blessing

William Boor, MLB.com. Account: @wboor

Chip Bourne, Prospects Live. Account: @ccbournejr

Lance Brozdowski, Prospects Live. Account: @LanceBroz

John Calvagno, Prospects 365. Account: @SALNotes

Benjamin Chase, Prospects Live. Account: @biggentleben

JJ Cooper, Baseball America. Account: @jjcoop36

Christopher Crawford, Rotoworld. Account: @Crawford_MILB

Eric Cross, Fantrax. Account: @EricCross04

Future Dodgers, Dodger Blue and Prospects1500. Account: @FutureDodgers

Alec Dopp, BaseballHQ. Account: @AlecJDopp

Joe Drake, Prospects 365, Pitcher List and Dynasty Guru. Account: @JDrake349

Sam Dykstra, MiLB.com. Account: @SamDykstraMiLB

Kyle Glaser, Baseball America. Account: @KyleAGlaser

Phil Goyette, Prospects Live. Account: @PhilOfSports

Minor Graphs, Prospects Live. Account: @MinorGraphs

James Gravley, Appalachian and Carolina Leagues. Account: @gravleyonbase

Scott Greene, Prospects1500. Account: @Scotty_Ballgame

Hunt 4 Prospects, Hunt 4 Prospects. Account: @hunt4prospects

Michael Halpern, Imaginary Brick Wall. Account: @DynastyHalp

Brent Hershey, BaseballHQ. Account: @BrentHQ

Trevor Hooth, Viva El Birdos. Account: @HoothTrevor

Michael Mayer, MetsMerized. Account: @mikemayerMMO

Indians Prospective, Indians Prospective. Account: @indiansPro

Alex “Juicy” Jensen, Prospects Live. Account: @jensen_juicy

Keith Law, ESPN. Account: @keithlaw

Ralph Lifshitz, Prospects Live. Account: @ProspectJesus

Eric Longenhagen, Fangraphs. Account: @longenhagen

Jonathan Mayo, MLB.com. Account: @JonathanMayo

Kiley McDaniel, Fangraphs. Account: @kileymcd

Adam McInturff, 2080 Baseball. Account: @2080adam

PadresPharm, Padres Farm. Account: @Padres_Farm

Kyler Peterson, Prospects Live. Account: @KPeterson813

Trevor Powers, Prospects 365. Account: @TPowerProspects

Prospects1500, Prospects1500.com. Account: @Prospects1500

Jesse Roche, Baseball Prospectus. Account: @jaroche6

Keith Rader, Baseball Prospectus. Account: @keithlrader

Kyle Reis, Prospects After Dark. Account: @kyler416

Smada, Prospects Live. Account: @smada_bb

Tyler Spicer, Prospects 365. Account: @tylerjspicer

Will Scharnagl, Prospects Live. Account: @willscharnagl

Michael Schneider, Prospects 365. Account: @mikecschneider

Luke Siler, Orioles Hangout. Account: @The_Luke_Siler

Bryan Smith, Bleacher Nation. Account: @cubprospects

Ian Smith, Prospects 365. Account: @FlaSmitty

Diego Solares, Prospects Live. Account: @diego_solares73

Matt Thompson, Prospects Live. Account: @mdthompFWFB

Adam Tulley, Prospects 365 and Prospects1500. Account: @AdamT_Prospects

Rudy Verougstraete, Prospects 1500. Account: @Seeing_Reds

Shelly Verougstraete, Prospects 365 and others. Account: @ShellyV_643

Emily Waldon, The Athletic and Baseball America. Account: @EmilyCWaldon

Chris Welsh, In This League and Prospect One Podcasts. Account: @IsItTheWelsh

Rhys White, Six Man Rotation. Account: @RhysBWhite

Ben Wilson, Prospects1500. Account: @TBDubbs11

Rich Wilson, Prospect361.com. Account: @RichWilsonP361

Jacob Zweiback, Prospects Live. Account: @TheReelJZ

Beat Writers

Angels: Fabian Ardaya, The Athletic. Account: @FabianArdaya

Angels: Jeff Fletcher, Southern California News Group. Account: @JeffFletcherOCR

Astros: Jake Kaplan, The Athletic. Account: @jakemkaplan

Astros: Brian McTaggart, MLB.com. Account: @brianmctaggart

Athletics: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle. Account: @susanslusser

Blue Jays: Keegan Matheson, MLB.com. Account: @KeeganMatheson

Blue Jays: Andrew Stoeten, The Athletic. Account: @AndrewStoeten

Braves: David O’Brien, The Athletic. Account: @DOBrienATL

Braves: Mark Bowman, MLB.com. Account: @mlbbowman

Braves: Grant McAuley, Around the Big Leagues. Account: @grantmcauley

Brewers: Will Sammon, The Athletic. Account: @WillSammon

Cardinals: Josey Curtis, SB Nation. Account: @vivaelbirdos

Cardinals: Anne Rogers, MLB.com. Account: @anne__rogers

Cardinals: Mark Saxon, The Athletic. Account: @markasaxon

Cubs: Sahadev Sharma, The Athletic. Account: @sahadevsharma

Cubs: Jordan Bastian, MLB.com. Account: @MLBastian

Diamondbacks: Zach Buchanan, The Athletic. Account: @ZHBuchanan

Diamondbacks: Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic. Account: @nickpiecoro

Dodgers: Pedro Moura, The Athletic. Account: @pedromoura

Dodgers: Jorge Castillo, The Los Angeles Times. Account: @jorgecastillo

Giants: Andrew Baggarly, The Athletic. Account: @extrabaggs

Indians: Zack Meisel, The Athletic. Account: @ZackMeisel

Mariners: Corey Brock, The Athletic. Account: @CoreyBrockMLB

Mariners: Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times. Account: @RyanDivish

Marlins: Andre Fernandez, The Athletic. Account: @FernandezAndreC

Marlins: Craig Mish, Swings and Mishes. Account: @CraigMish

Mets: Anthony DiComo, MLB.com. Account: @AnthonyDiComo

Mets: Tim Britton, The Athletic. Account: @TimBritton

Nationals: Brittany Ghiroli, The Athletic. Account: @Britt_Ghiroli

Nationals: Patrick Reddington, SB Nation. Account: @federalbaseball

Orioles: Dan Connolly, The Athletic. Account: @danconnolly2016

Orioles: Roch Kubatko, MASN Sports. Account: @masnRoch

Orioles: Joe Trezza, MLB.com. Account: @JoeTrezz

Padres: Dennis Lin, The Athletic. Account: @dennistlin

Phillies: Matt Gelb, The Athletic. Account: @MattGelb

Pirates: Adam Berry, MLB.com. Account: @adamdberry

Pirates: Rob Biertempfel, The Athletic. Account: @RobBiertempfel

Rangers: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News. Account: @Evan_P_Grant

Rangers: Levi Weaver, The Athletic. Account: @ThreeTwoEephus

Rays: Josh Tolentino, The Athletic. Account: @JCTSports

Rays: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times. Account: @TBTimes_Rays

Red Sox: Jarred Carrabis, Barstool Sports. Account: @Jarred_Carrabis

Red Sox: Matt Collins, SB Nation. Account: @OverTheMonster

Red Sox: Jason Mastrodonato, The Boston Herald. Account: @JMastrodonato

Red Sox: Julian McWilliams, The Boston Globe. Account: @byJulianMack

Reds: C. Trent Rosecrans, The Athletic. Account: @ctrent

Reds: Mark Sheldon, MLB.com. Account: @m_sheldon

Rockies: Patrick Saunders, Denver Post. Account: @psaundersdp

Rockies: Nick Groke, The Athletic. Account: @nickgroke

Royals: Alec Lewis, The Athletic. Account: @alec_lewis

Royals: Royals Review, SB Nation. Account: @royalsreview

Tigers: Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press. Account: @anthonyfenech

Tigers: Cody Stavenhagen, The Athletic. Account: @CodyStavenhagen

Twins: Dan Hayes, The Athletic. Account: @DanHayesMLB

White Sox: James Fegan, The Athletic. Account: @JRFegan

White Sox: James Fox, Future Sox. Account: @JamesFox917

Yankees: Lindsey Adler, The Athletic. Account: @lindseyadler

Yankees: Erik Boland, Newsday Sports. Account: @eboland11

Weather and Daily Starting Lineups

Kevin Roth, Roto Grinders. Account: @KevinRothWx

Daily MLB Lineups, Daily MLB Lineups. Account: @DailyMLBLineup

Ironically, it might be the bottom two accounts that help you keep your house in-order on a daily basis, especially if you’re a daily league fantasy player. Now working top to bottom: the news breakers will make you popular amongst your friends because you’ll be the first to post breaking news in your group texts. More specifically, folks like Jeff Passan and Ken Rosenthal helps us stay up-to-date on the ever-evolving landscape around the sport.

The accounts listed under Fantasy Baseball, perhaps more than any other resource in the entire world, will help you win your redraft leagues annually. If that sentence doesn’t earn them a follow, nothing will. And if you’re anything like me and benefit from having a ton of quality content housed in one place, bookmarking a website like FantasyRundown.com can change your daily routine.

The advanced analysts will challenge the way you think about individual players and the sport of baseball itself. It’s also this group that will help you uncover diamonds in the rough and potential breakout candidates for the current season as well as future seasons. Personally, these accounts have helped me evolve as an evaluator. I’m a smarter baseball fan because of people like Eno Sarris and Alex Chamberlain.

The Prospects group is your gateway to the future of the sport. Most of the accounts in that group spend ample amounts of times at minor league ballparks throughout the spring, summer and fall. Want to know what the future of your favorite team looks like? This is the group for you. Play in a deep keeper or dynasty league of any kind? This group is definitely for you. And even if dynasty leagues aren’t really your thing, you’ll find that studying prospects will quickly make you a better talent evaluator for your redraft leagues. Last year alone from the Prospects group, Eddy Almaguer, James Anderson, Ralph Lifshitz, Jesse Roche, Shelly Verougstraete, Rhys White and myself all finished inside the top-50 of TGFBI. Not bad for a group of prospectors in a 315-entry league!

Lastly but certainly not least, beat writers are your path to thought process of a managers and organizations. Want to know why your favorite team’s manager handled the bullpen the way he did during a game? Want to feel a part of the daily grind of a 162-game season? Want some of the best player features you’ll ever read? The beat writers are who you’re looking for.

Twitter can make you love baseball in ways you never knew were possible. The foundation for this love has been laid out for you above. As we celebrate the start of a new year and a new decade, there’s nothing better you can do—from a baseball standpoint—than optimizing the way you watch, research, evaluate and absorb the sport. We hope you take full advantage of the resources above. Happy New Year!

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