NOTE: Look for a "Best of Beat a Writers on Twitter" list next week
There’s a saying floating about in social media circles that on Facebook, we talk about the news. On Twitter, the news is made. And while there certainly is conversation going on via Twitter, “mirco-blogging” on the social media platform is becoming a mandatory stop for those looking to get news on the spot.
The following are a few Twitter accounts to follow that often breaks news, or those accounts that are so on top of the MLB from an aggregator perspective that you really can’t ignore it.
@Ken_Rosenthal – “Robothal” – Ken Rosenthal. One of the hardest working guys out there. The Foxsports.com reporter often breaks news before many others.
@BNightengale – Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Bob is one of those insider insiders. Almost always gets the facts on very difficult data in baseball to come by, and has done some first hand pieces on contract deals that would make anything in Helyar’s book Lords of the Realm stand up and take notice
@jcrasnick – ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is one of the best out there on the side of getting info on the player agent side. Great follow for contract details.
@TBrownYahoo – Yahoo! Sports, Tim Brown. Once again, a great resource for contract details and other insider facets of baseball.
@jaysonst – ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark. A veritable storehouse of knowledge of material on everything from little known stats to labor to everything in-between
@JonHeymanCBS – Jon Heyman, now with CBS Sports. Like Rosenthal, Crasnick, and Brown, Heyman is a must follow for breaking news on trades and signings.
@YahooSportsMLB – Yahoo has made huge inroads becoming one of – if not the – biggest news outlet for baseball.
@EricFisherSBJ – Eric Fisher of the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. Exceptional coverage on labor and the Commissioner’s Office.
@BillShaikin – Bill Shaikin of the LA Times. The current president of the BBWAA may be the most underrated twitter follows, especially if you’re interested in anything that deals with the Dodgers bankruptcy.
@boomskie – MLB.com’s Barry Bloom. Been covering the inner workings of MLB, plus covering game on the field for years.
@pgammo – Peter Gammons of MLB.com, MLB Network, NESN, etc. Personal aside, I love following Gammons for not only baseball, but his taste in music is so good that you get two info helpings for the price of one.
@RichSandomir – Richard Sandomir of The New York Times. Been covering sports outside the lines for years for the NYT. He had Ken Belson have teamed up in recent years to cover some of the biggest stories in sports business for the prestigious paper.
@Ourand_SBJ – John Ourand of the SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. When it comes to where television and other media intersects with sports, Ourand is a must read
@injuryexpert – SI.com’s Will Carroll. When it comes to injuries or discussions around PEDs, Will is the very first guy I go to.
@Kevin_Goldstein – Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. Great scouting insight. Seems to have info or an opinion on every player in each of the systems.
@jay_jaffe – A mainstay at BP. His JAWS reports a must read, especially this time of year when the HOF is up for grabs. Can be scathingly funny, as well.
@RobNeyer – Rob Neyer, SBNation Baseball Editor, formerly of ESPN.com. Neyer has been called a gateway drug for those that wanted to get their feet wet on baseball analytics, but he’s an incredible historian, and one of the sharpest guys out there. Since moving from ESPN, he’s been able to add more character to his Twitter feed.
@PeteToms – Pete Toms, Business of Sports Network. It’s not even close. Pete Toms is the best pure baseball biz blogger out there. He never ceases to amaze me in that he catches a myriad of things I miss in the news and blogs it weekly in his Last Week in Bizball (LWIB) posts.
@JeffPassan – Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Busts out knowledge while busting chops. The late John Brattain used to beat the Marlins mercilessly over their business practices, but Passan may have taken it to a new level. Rarely does something slip by him.
@d_a_cameron - Dave Cameron of FanGraphs, USS Mariner. Dave, a newly joined member of the BBWAA brings the numbers from FanGraphs, plus you get your Mariner bend
@SBJLizMullen – Liz Mullen of the SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily. Liz would be the first to say as her “track the agents” beat goes, MLB isn’t her strong suit. But, when Mullen does get stories, they’re often huge. Somewhere, you’ll like to find “passionate about my work” tattooed on her. One of the best in the biz.
@mlbtraderumors – MLB Trade Rumors. The king of MLB aggregator sites, but really much more. If there’s a site that pushes me each year to do more in the sphere of salary arbitration, it’s MLBTR
@SBJSBD – The Twitter account for the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. As the defacto sports business trade in North America, what doesn’t come out through the individual twitter accounts from reporters listed comes out from others here.
Finally… I will be updating this list often over the course of the long New Year weekend. There are many more that I’m bound to have missed in my 2,000+ following list. Check back often for them, and oh…. if you have someone that breaks news or info that is unique, list them in the comments below. Finally, you can find me doing my reporter/analysis/and other picture postcards thing here on Twitter @BizballMaury. May your New Year be healthy, happy, and the best it can be. – Maury Brown
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