@Indians

Last season the Indians got with the times and embraced social marketing for the first time. Instead of punishing players for bypassing the press and talking directly to fans, they encouraged it. Over the last year many players have filtered through with some fading away and others showing their twitter excellence. Since I’ve yet to come across a comprehensive list of Indians twitter accounts, so I made one myself. This list includes every player within the Indians development system who has ever had an account and some relative information about them. The information provided should be useful when deciding if each player is worth following. Verified accounts have been checked by twitter.com to ensure these are the real athletes, but I am fairly sure of the accuracy of the rest as well. The language is the primary language tweeted.

Player Twitter Tweets/Day Verified Language
Vinnie Pestano1 @VinnieP52 13.3 English
Joe Smith @thethree8 4.5 English
Jason Kipnis @TheJK_Kid 4.3 English
Chris Perez2 @ChrisPerez54 3.8 English
Ubaldo Jimenez @UbaldoJimenez22 3.1 Spanish
Tony Sipp @SippTony 2.3 English
Jack Hannahan @JackHannahan9 1.8 English
Lou Marson @LouMar6 1.4 English
Shelley Duncan3 @shelldunc 0.2 English
Rafael Perez4 @Raffyperez53 0.0 -
Trevor Crowe @tcrowe4 6.2 English
Ezequiel Carrera5 @EzequielCarrer 3.5 Spanish
David Huff6 @theREALdavehuff 1.1 English
Frank Herrmann @FrankHerrmann56 0.5 English
Zach McAllister @ZMac34 0.3 English
Russ Canzler @RussCanzler 0.2 English
Nick Weglarz @Wegz33 0.2 English
Beau Mills @bmills504 0.7 English
Thomas Neal7 @TdaddyNeal 11.6 English
Luke Carlin @CarlinsCorner 2.6 English
Tim Fedroff @fedheems 0.8 English
Scott Barnes @ScottyB_38 1.0 English
Corey Kluber @CKluber 0.1 English
Jerad Head @JeradHead 0.1 English
Joe Martinez @joemart 0.1 English
Austin Adams @ADAdams5 0.6 English
Justin Toole8 @Tooleyj24 0.0 English
Dwight Childs @DCLaserShow4 3.8 English
TJ House @THouse25 1.7 English
LeVon Washington9 @L_wash 9.4 English
Cole Cook @C_M_Cook 5.9 English
Jordan Cooper @J_K_COOPER 1.7 English
Antwonie Hubbard @AntwonieHubbard 1.9 English
Owen Dew @dewbaseball 1.2 English
JD Reichenbach @JD_mcnugent 1.0 English
Nick Bartolone @NickBartolone 0.9 English
Clayton Ehlert @EasyE1213 0.6 English
Eric Berger10 @Eberger18 2.8 English
Tony Wolters @TonyWolters 1.9 English
Todd Hankins @todd_hankins 0.1 English
Jake Lowery @jlowery3 2.3 English
Jerrud Sabourin @J_Sabo 1.0 English

Notes: 

1. Highest tweet per day average.

2. Indians player with the most followers (31,111).

3. Longest active Indians twitter account.

4. Has tweeted in the past, but has since deleted. Account is now inactive.

5. Newest Indian to twitter.

6. New account to replace his original @DHuff11.

7. Most total tweets.

8. Protected account. He’ll allow you to follow if you request, but keep it nice since he isn’t public yet.

9. Most followed minor leaguer.

10. Greatest mustache on twitter.

 

Along with the players, there are a few front office personnel and others involved with the team on twitter. Here are some of those accounts:

Personnel Twitter Verified Language
Mark Shapiro @MarkShapiro English
Manny Acta @Mactriber_11 Spanglish
Jim Rosenhaus @IndiansRadio English
Tribe Insider @tribeinsider English


For those looking for the official twitter accounts of the different levels of the Indians organization, they can be found here:

Team Twitter
Cleveland Indians @Indians
Columbus Clippers @CLBClippers
Akron Aeros @AkronAeros
Carolina Mudcats @CarolinaMudcats
Lake County Captains @LCCaptains
Mahoning Valley Scrappers @mvscrappers
Goodyear Ballpark @Goodyear_BP

 

For those wondering why some players have not been included in the lists above. Here is a list of inactive accounts (no tweets in 2012) and some that have been deleted:

Player Twitter Verified Status
Ryan Spilborghs @RyanSpilborghs Inactive
Armando Camacaro @acamacaro64 Inactive
Casey Kotchman @CKotchman Inactive
Chris Antonetti @IndiansGM Inactive
Cody Allen @CodyAllen28 Inactive
Matt Underwood @matt_underwood Inactive
Matt LaPorta @Gator4God Deleted
Nick Hagadone @NHagadone Deleted
Lonnie Chisenhall @TheChizKid Deleted

The tale of Matt LaPorta is one that should be taken note of. He was originally on twitter before most of the team was and he quit before the Indians changed policies due to negative feedback. During the resurgance in 2011 when the entire “Bullpen Mafia” among others started tweeting, he reactivated his account. After a very short time the amount of negativity and death threats caused him to delete his account for good. Remember that these are real people who will possibly read everything that you send to them. It is like they gave you their personal cell phone number to send texts to all day. None of these athletes need to do this, it is for the fans enjoyment alone. If one person abuses this gift, they can be blocked individually, but if a large number of people do it, we will probably see the openness of these players disappear like the accounts of Nick Hagadone, Lonnie Chisenhall and LaPorta. If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t @ mention someone. If Indians fans as a community can act like human beings then we all will be able to enjoy getting to know these players a little better. 

Joseph Coblitz

About Joseph Coblitz

Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since it's inception in 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians.

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