BOSTON - To mark the Opening Week of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, Digital Sports Desk (@DigSportsDesk) has assembled DIGGIES 2017: The Must-Follow Twitter accounts for MLB. It is the sixth in a series of sports business recommendations by Digital Sports Desk. It is the first by @DigSportsDesk for the sport of baseball as we target some obvious and slightly different people/places/things to follow to enhance your enjoyment of the upcoming MLB season while staying informed.
Let's throw it around-the-horn, as our first "nine" is an offering of some of the main MLB accounts you should be sure to follow.
@MLB - No brainer to follow the official account of Major League Baseball.
@MLBPA - Account of the Major League Baseball Player's Association. Equal time.
@CUT4 - Is "everything awesome" about Major League Baseball.
@MLBAM - The official account for MLB's Advanced Media entity. A gateway to Baseball's digital assets.
@MLBNetwork - The official account for the MLB Network and a guide to the cable TV outlet.
@MLBReplay - You want a run-down of everything that just happened in Baseball? This is the account to visit.
@Baseball_Ref - Twitter feed for the best Baseball Reference tool. Great stats and history resource for the game.
@Statcast - If you're looking for new and different ways to analyze Baseball, this is your feed.
@BaseballHall - The official twitter account of the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown. Also be sure to add the Pastime Collection HofDigital
Our complete list of Diggies MLB 2017:
Now that you're warmed-up and ready to throw some smoke, here's the rest of our recommendations as "Must Follow" twitter accounts for the 2017 Baseball season, mixing in some fun and hopefully new baseball experiences along with some of the most popular and investigative media accounts and a few players, too.
@BBTN - The official account of ESPN's Baseball Tonight, Sunday Night baseball and a key to all of ESPN's coverage.
@MLBonFOX - The account of Fox Sports' coverage of MLB.
@Fangraphs - Fangraphs Baseball has a ton of information, stats, analysis and, yes, some graphs.
@BTBScore - SB Nationa's SABR (Saber-slanted) view of the game.
@Buster_ESPN - Want some news? How about Buster Olney's official account to keep the news flowing all season long. All year long.
@ESPN_Beisbol - The twitter feed for ESPN's spanish-language coverage of MLB. Muy Bueno.
@MzCSmith - Claire Smith's official twitter feed which just happens to be celebrating the 2017 J.G. Taylor Spink award from the BBWAA. Pretty cool.
@MLBRosterMoves - A feed with every roster transaction from every MLB team. You won't miss a trade, a DL move or a waiver.
@MLBNetworkRadio - The account for 24/7 coverage of MLB via its Sirius XM radio channel.
@Ken_Rosenthal - Put a bow on your MLB insight via the insider-knowledge of MLB on Fox senior reporter Ken Rosenthal's account feed.
@PedroGomezESPN - Another source for MLB inside information via the reporting of Pedro Gomez.
@BNightengale - USA Today's national MLB reporter extraordinaire.
@MiLB - The official account for Minor League Baseball where you can find news on all the prospects striving for the Majors.
@MLBGIFs - A look at Baseball through some clever GIFs - you know, Graphic Interface Format, or funny video clips.
@PlayBall - It's not about the umpire yelling, it's an account for inspiring baseball vibes.
@USABaseball - The official account of America's official governing body for baseball.
@MLBPAA - The official account of the MLB Players' alumni association. And, for the Players' Association, @MLBPAClubhouse - the licensing division for the players.
@MLBPipeline - The official account of the MLB Draft and all associated mechanisms to fill the MLB pipeline with talented prospects.
@MLBDraft - More of the same, with this feed focusing on the first-year player draft alone.
@Topps or @ToppsDigital or @ToppsBUNT - Everything you need for collecting baseball cards, hard copy or digitally. Great stuff.
@SN_Baseball - Official account of The Sporting News' baseball staff coverage.
@BattingStanceG - We promised some fun, so how about the official account of Batting Stance Guy?
@SoxLunch @CubsLunch @MetsLunch - More fun via the daily e-newsletter kings of baseball. Let's hope they can expand to more teams?
@ThePostGame - Official account for The Post Game, including a ton of baseball coverage headlining their overall sports gig.
@RickPetersonCT - Account for pitching coach guru and motivational speaker.
@MauryBrown - Official account for "BizBall" the baseball sports biz writer for Forbes.
@JoshRawitch - Account for the AZ Diamondbacks VP of Content& Communications, and content he provides. He's an adjunct professor at ASU.
@SRabe - Account for Bryan Srabian, SF Giants digital media guy and sports management professor. Only the 2nd of two professor listed, we believe.
@120Sports - Check-out The Rally and 120 Sports' overall baseball coverage via their official account
@Cubs - You might as well follow the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs.
@BaseballAmerica - Official feed for Baseball America Magazine, because it's Baseball and this used to be America.
@JonahKeri - Writer for CBS Sports and SINow, and a podcast worthy of download.
@HardballTalk - NBC Sports' official account for coverage of Baseball.
@45PedroMartinez - The account for the Boston Red Sox fave 3-time Cy Young Award winner, turned broadcaster. Fun stuff.
@BMcCarthy32 - Entertaining account held by the LA Dodgers pitcher, LSU and self-proclaimed LFC fan.
@BHarper3407 - Official account of the Washington Nationals star who notes, "let the canvas speak."
@NoahSyndergaard - Entertaining official account for the NYM flame-throwing pitcher, one of the few players we’ve listed, leaving a more complete list to be published at the Mid-Summer Classic.
@OldHossRadbourn - An unusual but rather entertaining twitter feed. Trust us on this one.
@LindseyAdler - Account of a former SFer now in Manhattan, writer at Deadspin, highly worth a follow.
@cdgoldstein - Twitter feed from the minor league editor at Baseball Prospectus.
@Scottbraun - Account of NY-based MLB Network SNY and Sirius XM reporter.
@Jim_Duquette - Follow former MLB GM turned baseball analyst for MLB Network Radio who is calling for Opening Day to be a National Holiday.
@JWerthsBeard - Try Jay Werth's beard for a different take on baseball.
@jay_jaffe - Sports Illustrated writer and occasional guest on MLB Net or Radio, now hawking book on Cooperstown.
@ScottMillerbbl - Account for Bleacher Report and Turner Sports commentator who is based in Southern Cal.
@JeffPassan - Columnist for Yahoo Sports' coverage of MLB.
@WheresKernan - Highly entertaining and informative account of New York Post reporter Kevin Kernan. A must.
@Jaysonst - Account held by ESPN (dot) com reporter Jayson Stark who says he's grateful for invention of baseball.
@TBrownYahoo - Official account from Tim Brown, the national reporter for Yahoo Sports.
@molly_knight - Author of the Best team Money Can Buy and the feed reflects her LA roots.
@Lana - Interesting account from Lana Berry, a Texan now based in LA. Baseball’s her game.
@Joelsherman1 - Another NYP baseball columnist and MLB Network Insider.
@CraigCalcaterra - Lead baseball writer for NBC Sports.
@AnswerDave - Account of Dave Brown, a KC-based writer for Vice, Baseball Prospectus and others. What's the question?
@JonHeyman - Writer at "Today's Knuckleball" via FanRagSports and a few others
@KellyNash - Official account for the MLB Net host.
@BenBadler - Ben Badler does prospect rankings for Baseball America and tweets about general player dev in Baseball.
@JPosnanski - Now the exec editor at MLB (dot) com and lover of Hamilton - the musical, not the major leaguer.
@MikeOz - Editor of Big League Stew and writer of baseball at Yahoo.
@Mike_Petriello - Wrier of baseball "at a lot of places," now at MLB (dot) com where Statcast matters.
@BAnderson3737 - Official account for Chicago Cubs pitcher Brett Anderson, another worthy player with many “to be named later.”
@JessMendoza - Official account from Olympian turned ESPN Sunday Night TV commentator.
@HardballTalk - NBC Sports' feed on all things baseball.
@RichDubroffMLB - Account for Baltimore Orioles vet scribe, now covering for PressBoxOnline
@JJCoop36 - Account of Baseball America Managing editor JJ Cooper.
And finally, give this a try:
@CespedesBBQ - Baseball is weird and yes, they are weird, too ... we give you the Cespedes Family BBQ.