Let’s face it, it’s time to accept the fact that baseball is over for the year. It left us a great parting gift in an exciting World Series that culminated in the Astros’ first championship in franchise history, but it left us to face the cold winter alone.
Not all hope is lost, though.
In the absence of the game being played, we still have the wonderful world that is baseball Twitter. Twitter is full of accounts that are dedicated to the great sport of baseball. Some are informative, some more entertainment-oriented.
Putting together the list I am about to present to you took lots of time and effort. This list rivals the Forbes list in terms of prestige. To help you get through the endless offseason, here is my list of essential baseball Twitter accounts you must follow this winter.
MLB Home Run (@MLBHR)
In a time where home runs are hit seemingly every other at bat, following an account that alerts you of every home run may sound a bit annoying. But in order to stay up to date with all the dingers hit across the league (a league record 6,105), this account must be in your following list.
Baseball Countdown (@Count2Baseball)
Like I said, the offseason is long and grueling. It drags on through the cold, dreary winter months and makes you think there is no light at the end of the tunnel. But Baseball Countdown lets you know there is a light there. Every day you’ll be made aware of the number of days until baseball returns. And right now, that glorious morning is just 105 days away.
Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref)
Have you ever wanted to know who hit the most home runs on a Wednesday in June in the old Yankee Stadium while wearing blue socks? Well, Baseball Reference probably can’t give you that answer, but they have a vast database of baseball facts and information that can be useful to any fan of the game. If you’re watching a game and want to know anything about any player on the field, this is the account to follow.
Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ)
So you like baseball, pop culture, and comedy. Look no further than Cespedes Family BBQ. The account is run by two recent college grads who landed jobs with MLB – I’d like advice on how they did so, by the way – and pretty much give their commentary about anything interesting or funny in the world of baseball.
Old Hoss Radbourn (OldHossRadbourn)
If you’ve ever wanted to be inside the mind of a player from the late 1800s, give Old Hoss Radbourn a follow. Radbourn was a real player in the 1880s who is best known for finishing the 1884 season with 60 wins. His alter ego on the internet is filled with lots of anger towards the modern world, with some baseball commentary thrown in occasionally.
I know the offseason won’t be fun, but stick to this list and follow all of these accounts, and you’ll survive.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.