Thursday, August 08, 2013

Who to Follow on Twitter: Play Ball!

If you've spent any time on the blog, you know that I am a big baseball fan. Baseball has given birth to more great writing (and sportswriters) than any other sport. Twitter is full of plenty of baseball writers. It's a great way to keep up with what's going on with your team. Here are nine of my favorite baseball related Twitter feeds:

First Inning: Major League Baseball (@MLB)

Okay, so this one is a little obvious. This is the official feed of Major League Baseball. It's good place to start if you are looking for a good source for baseball news.

Second Inning: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (@BaseballHall)

Another obvious choice. If you wanted to keep up with happening in Cooperstown this is the place to go. In addition to happenings at the Hall they also tweet out interesting facts from baseball history.

Third Inning: John Thorn (@thorn_john)

He is Major League Baseball's official historian and one of the premier authorities on the early roots of the game. He's also posting frequently on his blog. His books include First Pitch: How Baseball Began and Baseball in the Garden of Eden.

Fourth Inning: Vin Scully Tweet (@VinScullyTweet)

Vin Scully is the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a national treasure. He's not on Twitter (at least, not often) so this feed is a tribute to the Hall of Fame broadcaster. And yes, they have a Facebook page too.

Fifth Inning: Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP)

Thomas Boswell's books Why Time Begins On Opening Day and How Life Imitates The World Series are both essential reading for any baseball fan. If you can't get a hold of those books, all you need to read to know why he's worth a follow is 99 Reasons Why Baseball Is Better Than Football.  It was an instant classic the moment is was published. His Washington Post columns can be found here.

Sixth Inning: Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal)

He's arguably one of the best baseball reporters in the business. He also seems to be one of the most well-connected. If something is happening in the game, Rosenthal is likely to know about it. His columns appear regularly at Fox Sports.

Seventh Inning: Rob Neyer (@robneyer)

Rob Neyer made a name for himself as an ESPN columnist but it was when he made the jump to Baseball Nation that his writing really took off. He's one of the premier writers to follow and one of the leading authorities on the game.

Eighth Inning: Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri)

Along with Rob Neyer, Jonah Keri is the other baseball blogger who has also made a name for himself. His best-selling book, The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Team From Worst to First, chronicled how the Tampa Bay Rays became a perennial contender in the American League East. He blogs at Grantland.

Ninth Inning: Louisville Slugger (@sluggernation)

Nothing says baseball or American made the way Louisville Slugger does. The museum and factory tour is a must on a visit to Louisville. Plus they give away stuff all the time which makes it all the more fun to follow their feed.

Previous entries in this series:

Who to Follow on Twitter:: Pastoral Edition

Who to Follow on Twitter: Let's Eat

Who to Follow on Twitter: Don't Know Much About History

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