Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2014 Orioles on Twitter

Now I know that some (most?) of you out there might not be into Twitter, but I've found it to be a fun way to get kind of behind the scenes with some of the players on the Orioles. If you don't know how the site works, essentially anyone/anything can have an account and can "tweet" (write a post) in 140 characters or less. Pretty much every sports team, TV network, sportswriter, etc. in the business has an account. And some of the players do as well, and that's what I'm writing about today.

I got the idea for this post when checking's site for the team, and discovering that they link to a page that purportedly shows all of the team's players' Twitter accounts. Except I noticed more than a few problems with the list they provide.
1) It includes multiple players no longer in the organization such as Chris Dickerson, Danny Valencia, & Jake Arrieta.
2) The Steve Johnson included in their list lives in Australia, and doesn't seem to have any connection to baseball. Definitely not the Steve Johnson currently pitching for the AAA Norfolk Tides.

 So today, I'm doing a rundown of the players who have spent time on the Orioles 25 man roster this year and checking to see whether or not they have a Twitter account.

Zach Britton- @zbritton
Wei-Yin Chen- @WeiYinChen16 be ready to break out your Taiwanese skills
Steve Clevenger- @Clev_45
Nelson Cruz- @ncboomstick23
Chris Davis- Used to have account @ChrisDavis_19 but cancelled it last season after being barraged by people accusing him of using steroids

Ryan Flaherty- @RFlaherty3
Miguel Gonzalez- no account
J.J. Hardy- no account
Tommy Hunter- @tHunter29
Ubaldo Jimenez- no account
Adam Jones- @SimplyAJ10
Steve Lombardozzi- no account
David Lough- @DLOrioles
Nick Markakis- no account
Brian Matusz- no account

T.J. McFarland- @66TJMac
Evan Meek- @meeker47
Bud Norris- @BudNorris25
Darren O'Day- @DODay56

Steve Pearce- @WayneTwentyOcho
Jonathan Schoop- @jonathanmamba46
Josh Stinson- @JStinny19
Chris Tillman- no account
Ryan Webb- @RyanWebb58

Jemile Weeks- @RealJemileWeeks
Matt Wieters- no account
Delmon Young- no account

So that's 17 of 27 2014 Orioles players who have a Twitter account. As you can see, many of the bigger stars on the team do not have an account, and of the players that do, the players vary in their usage of the site from Adam Jones's 21,000 tweets and 140,000 followers down to Steve Clevenger's single tweet and 111 followers. 


SAinPA said...

Very interesting especially now that I have a twitter account. Nice research!

Orioles Magic said...

Haha, I try to make it easy for you! Thanks