Time for another installment of People You Should Follow On Twitter. Part 1 dealt with General Sports and Sports Media. Part 2 for the most part dealt with NFL and Sports Business. This installment will focus on MLB and the NHL. Since we’re in baseball season, I’ll begin with MLB.
BizballMaury — The account of the great Sports Business analyst Maury Brown. His site The Biz of Baseball is a Must Visit for any student of the business of MLB. His other sites, the Biz of Football, Biz of Basketball and Biz of Hockey are all under his Business of Sports Network. Maury tweets on baseball are always interesting. And he throws in some personal tweets too. Maury has a solid following of 7,342 tweeps.
jonahkeri — Jonah Keri, the author of the great book “The Extra 2%” is now writing a history of his beloved Montreal Expos. Jonah’s account is full of interaction with fans and various other Twitter personalities. In addition, the man is quite funny. Having had the chance to talk to him, all I could do was laugh. Jonah’s tweets are good and should be followed. He has just over 12,000 followers.
VictorRojas29 — In his second year as the TV voice of the Angels of Anaheim, Victor Rojas is also the answer to a sports media trivia question. Who was the first host seen on MLB Network when it signed on the air on January 1, 2009? Victor Rojas! And who was the first person to leave MLB Network just over a year later? Victor Rojas! Victor is a very good social media follow knowing the power of the medium. He interacts with fans and posts information the Angels. Join his following which currently stands at 7,785.
TheDaveSimsShow — The TV voice of the Seattle Mariners, radio voice of Sunday Night Football and radio announcer for the NCAA Tournament, Dave Sims is another who interacts with the fans. A guy who loves calling games, Dave will also comment on the Mariners during the season and then talk about the NFL when it’s in season. Dave’s website is also a good visit. Dave has 2,426 followers.
Jerry_Remy — The beloved analyst for Red Sox games on NESN, Jerry Remy shares this account with his business partner, John O’Rourke. Jerry will sometimes tweet from the road or share his thoughts on the previous Red Sox game. Sometimes John will take over and update tweeps on the latest business venture Jerry is involved in. They don’t interact with fans, but overall, it’s a good account to follow. Jerry has 100,783 followers.
Montreal_Expos — The account of the late, great Montreal Expos, this account provides updates on members of what was once MLB’s first foray into Canada. It tweets in both English and French. And there’s historical data provided as well. This has a following of 6,438 tweeps.
jquintong — If you’re into fantasy sports, then James Quintong’s account is for you. He’s the fantasy editor at ESPN.com and also a writer at the site. But this is not just about fantasy statistics, James also tweets some observations and is a big WWE fan. His account is quite enjoyable to follow. James has 1,837 followers.
YankeeMeginPHL –The lovely Megan Marshall is an unabashed Yankees fan. But don’t let that stop you from following her. Megan can be sarcastic, but she does it in a fun way. She’s willing to mix it up with Red Sox fans like me, but a lot of her following is from Red Sox Nation. She loves her Yankees and her son, Jack. Meg is a fun follow and her 3,390 tweeps can attest to that.
pgammo — This is believed to be the account of MLB.com/MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons. Nothing about this account makes sense. It’s not verified. There was a point where Peter used to put his phone in his pocket and the result would be one letter tweets or tweets that seemed to come out of left field. This is Peter, but if you can decipher some of the stuff that comes out of his cell phone, then you’re a better person than me. Peter has 82,720 followers who are waiting for him to get the checkmark next to his name.
Soxanddawgs — This is the account for the New England sports-centric Sox & Dawgs blog headed up by Ian Bethune. While the focus is mostly on the Red Sox, it’s also a blog on UConn football and basketball (both men and women) as well as the Patriots and Connecticut Whale AHL team. Ian also interacts with fellow Red Sox fans and will also give notice of his blog posts. Very good site and account to follow. Ian has 1,140 followers.
FenwayWest — Yes, you can tell where my loyalties lie. Fenway West’s account also bleeds Red Sox. The account is a mix of blog posts and live tweets of the games. Fenway West is based in California, but has authors from over the country contributing to the site. I’ve been quite impressed with their coverage of the team and it’s done quite well. Fenway West has 2,142 followers.
FauxJSterling — You want some humor with your Twitter? If you’re a baseball fan, you’re certainly aware of Yankees radio voice John Sterling. Faux John Sterling not only mocks Sterling’s calls, but his attempted conversations with broadcast partner Suzyn Waldman. This is so funny that I’ll stop what I’m doing and just review its tweets. Yankees fans love retweeting this account. There are other fake John Sterling accounts, but this is the funniest bar none. This has 724 followers.
OldHossRadbourn — Another humor account, this pretends to be Old Hoss Radbourn, a pitcher for the Providence Grays and Boston Beaneaters from the 19th Century. The tweets are very funny and are sometimes written in 19th Century style. References to other early Major Leaguers are made. Some tweets do miss the mark, but for the most part, this is very funny. Old Hoss Radbourne has 25,494 followers.
wyshynski — Greg Wyshynski, the editor of the great Yahoo blog, Puck Daddy, has been on Twitter for quite some time. His account is a mix of reporting and his blog posts. One of the best hockey blogs out there, Greg is a must follow for any puckhead. This account has a solid following of 35,360 tweeps.
sean_leahy –This leads us to Greg’s associate editor at Puck Daddy, Sean Leahy. He also has info on the NHL on his account, but also discusses Hell’s Kitchen and anything else that comes to mind. Sean has 7,176 followers and it’s a good account to follow when Greg is not tweeting, but that hardly ever happens.
JeffMarek — The former host of Hockey Night in Canada Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio is now part of Rogers Sportsnet NHL coverage. Jeff has a very good following in the US based on hosting HNIC Radio. While he won’t be heard in the US unless he goes on NHL Radio on Sirius XM, he still can be seen on Twitter and what Jeff tweets is solid information on the game. Jeff is also very good at responding to fans. One of his funniest nights was when he live tweeted the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony and apologized to the world for the bad Canadian musical acts on stage. Join Jeff’s following which currently stands at 27,893.
FriedgeHNIC — The official account of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada reporter Elliotte Friedman. Elliotte posts his observations on the NHL and provides links to his CBC blog, 30 Thoughts. A very good reporter, Elliotte is often seen on the main game on HNIC and he’s been assigned to the Stanley Cup Final since he joined CBC in 2003. One of the best hockey minds and a great follow. Join the 27,723 people who have followed his account from all over the world.
EJHradek_NHL — The co-host of NHL Live on both NHL Radio and NHL Network, EJ is one of the best reporters in hockey. He provides solid information on his Twitter account. Understands to interact with fans. And since leaving ESPN.com for NHL.com, he’s now free to make multimedia appearances all over North America and not be limited to the Alleged Worldwide Leader’s platforms. EJ has 24,765 followers.
DebPlacey — Deb, a former ESPN’er, who made a stop in Providence before Bristol, CT, and now is a host on MSG Network and NHL Live on NHL Radio and NHL Network during the 2011 postseason. Deb knows her hockey, but her tweets are also on other sports as well. Her following is 3,480 but should be much higher.
ChrisBottaNHL — A former New York Islanders public relations executive, Chris started writing a blog on his former team, Islanders Point Blank. For some reason, the Islanders revoked his press pass this past season without telling him why. Now writing for the New York Times Slap Shot blog, Chris has a very good following 12,357 tweeps. He has solid information and puts it out quickly for his followers. Make sure you follow Chris when you’re done reading this post.
JoeYerdonPHT — The lead writer of NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk, Joe Yerdon is constantly churning out quality tweets. Another who interacts with fans and gets Twitter. Pro Hockey Talk is a very good site for information and its association with NBC Sports will certainly help its exposure for years to come. Joe has 4,014 tweeps.
TSNBobMcKenzie — There aren’t too many insiders in hockey better than Bob McKenzie. Currently working for TSN in Canada, Bob’s account is chock full of good information especially during the NHL Trade Deadline and during the postseason. There might be more flashy insiders in other sports, but when it comes to outright hustle and making sure the news is correct, there aren’t too many who can match Bob McKenzie’s address book. Bob’s following has grown to 187,770 tweeps. That’s impressive.
HackswithHaggs — Joe Haggerty of Comcast SportsNet New England has become a true multiplatform reporter. Once a pure newspaper writer, Joe is now the Bruins beat reporter for CSN New England utilizing Twitter, writing for CSNNE.com and making appearances on TV and radio. And he does them all quite well. His account is not only used to report, he also interacts with fans. Joe has 11,143 loyal followers.
whatsbruinbruno — Amanda Bruno in her first year as Boston Bruins beat reporter for the Springfield Republican had the opportunity to follow the team on its run to its first Stanley Cup in 39 years. She’s been rather prolific this season, constantly writing and filing stories for the Republican. Amanda has just 122 followers, but do her a favor and increase that by two fold.
So you have an additional 24 accounts to follow to the 52 I previously mentioned in the first two installments. That makes for 76 accounts that I’ve mentioned and I’m not even close to being done. Over the next few days, I’ll provide Twitter accounts you should follow in golf, soccer, sports TV public relations and Olympics, plus some non-sports tweeps. Keep your RSS, Twitter and Facebook feeds updated.