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Last season I created a list of the who’s-who to follow in the Twittersphere.  The article won many awards (none) for being the article of the year, millions (tens…maybe) hailed it as a modern day classic (or just a fairly helpful time saver).  On the back of all that success a sequel was only fitting.  I framed this mostly as a Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) column at the time, but @Twitter is for more than just DFS players, Twitter is for any fantasy player that is looking for an edge.  Heck, if you’re a fan of baseball and have a smartphone, there’s no reason to not follow most of this list below.  That goes for DFS players and non DFS players alike.  There is no faster news source for lineups, weather, late scratches or other breaking stories out there (like closer changes for RCL leagues for example).  I love what Twitter has done for the game, it’s an ideal pairing I think.  I almost always have my laptop open with Twitter up while I’m watching games.  

The thing with Twitter though, is you have to be following the right people to make it worth your while.  Enter the @MattTruss guide to MLB Twitter 2017.  I’ve broken this up into different categories, so pick and chose, or follow them all, it’s your choice.  For 2017 I’ve gone through and cleared out and deadbeats that are no longer covering the team, covering different teams, retired, etc.  I hope this helps, I know it’s been an invaluable tool for me.  If nothing else, maybe it’ll save you an hour or so of Googling.  If it helps you out, say thanks by throwing a follow and a retweet my way.  Also, if there is someone I missed that you enjoy following, please add them in the comments.  Sharing is caring after all, and is what makes @Razzball awesome!

The Beat Writers:  The bread and butter of MLB Twitter.  These guys break news, break lineups, break call-ups, and break scratches.  If you’re not following them, you’re doing Twitter wrong.  I spent a day typing in *Insert Team Name Here* beat writer and following every one I could get a hold of.  These are the best of the group broken down by division.

For those of you that just want it all, and right now, I offer you my Twitter list, “MLB Beat Reporters”:

https://twitter.com/MattTruss/lists/mlb-beat-reporters

To those that have followed this list in the past, there’s no need to do anything, all the changes are automatically updated.  Isn’t technology awesome?

AL East:

Red Sox – Tim Britton – @TimBritton, Peter Abraham – @PeteAbe, Brian MacPherson – @Brianmacp, Jason Mastrodonato – @JMastrodonato

Yankees – Mark Feinsand – @Feinsand, Sweeny Murti – @YankeesWFAN

Blue Jays – Gregor Chisholm – @GregorMLB, Laura Armstrong – @LauraArmy, Shi Davidi – @ShiDavidi

Rays – Marc Topkin – @TBTimes_Rays

Orioles – Brittany Ghiroli – @Britt_Ghiroli, Edurado A. Encina – @EddieInTheYard, Dan Connolly – @danconnolly2016

AL Central:

Tigers – Matthew B. Mowery – @matthewbmowery, Jason Beck – @beckjason

Twins – Mike Berardino – @MikeBerardino, LaVelle E. Neal III – @LaVelleNeal

Royals – Andy McCullough – @McCulloughTimes, Jeffrey Flanagan – @FlannyMLB

Indians – Jordan Bastian – @MLBastian, Paul Hoynes – @hoynsie

White Sox – Scott Merkin – @scottmerkin, Daryl Van Schouwen – @CST_soxvan

AL West:

Angels – Mike DiGiovanna – @MikeDiGiovanna, Bill Shaikin – @BillShaikin, Jeff Fletcher – @JeffFletcherOCR

Astros – Brian McTaggart – @brianmctaggart, Evan Drellich – @EvanDrellich

Mariners – Bob Dutton – @TNT_Mariners, Ryan Divish – @RyanDivish

Athletics – Susan Slusser – @susanslusser, Jane Lee – @JaneMLB

Rangers – TR Sullivan – @Sullivan_Ranger, Jeff Wilson – @JeffWilson_FWST, Evan Grant – @Evan_P_Grant

NL East:

Braves – David O’Brien – @DOBrienAJC, Mark Bowman – @mlbbowman, Kevin McAlpin – @KevinMcAlpin

Nationals – William Ladson – @washingnats, Cheksea Janes – @Chelsea_Janes, Mark Zuckerman – @MarkZuckerman

Mets – James Wagner – @ByJamesWagner, Anthony DiComo – @AnthonyDiComo, Marc Carig – @MarcCarig

Phillies – Todd Zolecki – @ToddZolecki, Meghan Montemurro – @M_Montemurro, Kevin Cooney – @KevinCooney

Marlins – Joe Capozzi – @joecapMARLINS, Joe Frisaro – @JoeFrisaro, Clark Spencer – @clarkspencerCraig Davis – @CraigDavisRuns

NL Central:

Cardinals – Bernie Miklasz – @miklasz, Derrick Goold – @dgoold, Jenifer Langosch – @LangoschMLB

Pirates – Rob Biertempfel – @BiertempfelTrib, Bill Brink – @BrinkPG, Stephen J. Nesbitt – @StephenJNesbitt

Cubs – Bruce Miles – @BruceMiles2112, Carrie Muskat – @CarrieMuskat, Patrick Mooney – @CSNMooney

Reds – Mark Sheldon – @m_sheldon, C. Trent Rosecrans – @ctrent, Zach Buchanan – @ZachENQ

Brewers – Tom Haudricourt – @Haudricourt, Adam McCalvy – @AdamMcCalvy, Todd Rosiak – @Todd_Rosiak

NL West:

Dodgers – Dylan Hernandez – @dylanohernandez, Ken Gurnick – @kengurnick

Giants – Andrew Baggarly – @extrabaggs, Alex Pavlovic – @AlexPavlovic, Henry Schulman – @hankschulman

Diamondbacks – Nick Piecoro – @nickpiecoro, Steve Gilbert – @SteveGilbertMLB

Padres – AJ Cassavell – @AJCassavell, Dennis Lin – @sdutdennislin

Rockies – Patrick Saunders – @psaundersdp, Thomas Harding – @harding_at_mlb

The Teams:  I won’t spell all these out for you, but you should follow every MLB team as well.  Believe it or not, occasionally they are the first account to release a lineup or breaking news.  It happens.  In addition, some of the social media people that run these accounts are down right funny.  @Rockies is very interactive, especially with the DFS crowd.

Because I love you guys, here is a one stop shop for all 30 MLB teams, just follow my handy list and wa-lah!

https://twitter.com/MattTruss/lists/mlb-teams/members

I just saved you 29 clicks, you’re welcome!

The Bow Tie:

Ken Rosenthal – @Ken_Rosenthal – If you like baseball and you aren’t following Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, I don’t know what else to tell you.  Follow the man and so yourself a favor and turn on his notifications the week of the MLB trade deadline.

Weather Watchers:  Playing ameteur weatherman is no fun, so why not follow some professional weatherfolk

This is especially handy in RCL-style leagues where you can make up to the minute swaps if a game looks like it has a high chance for a rainout.

Kevin Roth – @KevinRothWx – No one does it better, the industry’s only DFS Weatherman to my knowledge.

Colorado Weather – @9NEWSWeather – If all you care about is if the Rockies will play tonight, here’s your local source for Denver weather.  The Rox are such a huge DFS & RCL play, it’s good to keep tabs on them.

If you follow anybody I missed, please post to the comments.  I’m sure there are many more gems out there.  Twitter is a large place, it’s easy for great accounts to get lost in the shuffle.  People also change handles and change jobs, so if something doesn’t jive, let me know that too.

For my DFS junkies out there, I may throw together a quick Twitter supplement article when the season gets closer.  In that I will have all your Razzball writers for the year, our sponsor’s Twitter handle as well as some DFS-only type follows.  Stay tuned.

Want to be Matt’s Twitter pal?  That’s kinda creepy, but we won’t judge.  You can follow Matt here: @MattTruss

   
  1. mikeMaher

    mikeMaher says:
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    Awesome list, Truss. Nice job. Just hopped on and gave you a follow, and I’ll see if I’m missing anyone else from here too.

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Awesome, thanks man! Yea, I couldn’t add every single beat reporter, so tried to grab the most popular ones and/or the ones I see tweeting the most. If you subscribe to my list though, you get all these and the extras. All these reporters minus Jen McCaffrey are part of the list, so that’s where the good stuff is. Evan is great, not sure how I haven’t been following Jen, she slipped through the cracks. Thanks for the suggestions and the links Mike!

  2. Jay says:
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    Adam Rubin no longer covers baseball

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Thanks – Had removed from the write-up, just not from my Twitter list. Ditto for Chris Lott. Both are gone now.

  3. Hello Truss. Good luck this season.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      HI WAKE! You too buddy!

  4. The Great Knoche says:
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    Keeper League

    Give $18 Arrieta & $6 Renfroe. Get $14 Odor

    You making that one?

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Totally. If it’s keep forever I might think about it for a sec, but for this year, that’s a total steal.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Done! Thanks for the input man

  5. Scott says:
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    Andy McCullough covers the Dodgers for the LA Times now, not the Royals. Great Twitter follow in general. Rustin Dodd covers the Royals for the KC Star (@rustindodd).

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Dah! Thanks, I updated his Twitter handle but never moved him. Thanks for the tip on Dodd. he looks pretty stoked to be covering the Royals in his Twitter pic huh? Haha! I added him to the Twitter list at least and updated my 2018 article notes :)

  6. Big Odio says:
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    Id like to see some of the fan blogs, some you see on SB nation like true blue LA, and others added to this list one day. To be honest some of these beat writers are lazy bums who are waiting on the next job and these fan blogs go far more in depth and actually produce some solid content. They also do some nice minor league reviews so dynasty guys could benefit as well. But be careful, some of these fan blogs make homer comps and do some heavy cherry picking but some have provided me with the real next in line closers and some gems in dynasty

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Yea that stuff is great for deep dives and research, but a fan blog isn’t going to break news of a closer change or an injury like a beat writer will. I figure, if you’re looking for research you have plenty of time to find it. Twitter is instant and perfect for breaking news on the nightly.

      • Big Odio says:
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        @MattTruss: I disagree to a degree. I have got some breaking news faster from the blogs than the hacks

      • Big Odio says:
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        @MattTruss: on twitter

  7. For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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    can you get grey/rudy to add this to tools at top of page. could be quite useful.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      I can certainly ask

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