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MLB must-follow Twitter accounts for 2021

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MLB must-follow Twitter accounts for 2021

Your Twitter experience is really only as good as the people you follow. When it comes to baseball Twitter, following the right people is critical not only to staying informed, but also to staying sufficiently entertained.

While everyone usually has a nice mix of friends, online acquaintances and informed insiders, there are always lots of good follows that go under-followed, or at least go unknown to you. We’re here to help.

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Here is Sporting News’ 2021 must-follow MLB Twitter list. It’s an evolving list, so be sure to follow @sn_mlb and let us know who we should add, or email baseball editor Jason Foster at [email protected] with recommendations.

Sporting News

@sn_mlb — Sporting News’ baseball account. News, features, giveaways, nostalgia, snark and more.

@ryanfagan — Features, analysis, baseball cards and other baseball-y observations.

@ByJasonFoster — Baseball commentary, longform features, nostalgia, T-shirts and general silliness. 

@tgatt_tsn — Baseball nut, Jersey guy. Trying to see a different game.

@JoeRiveraSN — The fun side of baseball. The stress-free side of baseball. Liker of bat flips. Nerd. 

Best of the beats

@danconnolly2016 — Orioles beat for The Athletic, longtime Baltimore Sun beat writer.

@jorgecastillo — Los Angeles Times Dodgers beat writer.

@dgoold (Derrick Goold) — Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Former BBWAA president.

@susanslusser — Giants beat writer for The San Francisco Chronicle and former president of the BBWAA. Former A’s beat writer.

@anthonyfenech — Detroit Tigers beat writer for The Detroit Free Press.

@lindseyadler — Yankees beat writer for The Athletic.

@deeshathosar — Mets beat writer for the New York Daily News.

@Russ_Dorsey1 — Cubs beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times.

@ThreeTwoEephus (Levi Weaver) — Texas Rangers beat writer for The Athletic.

@DOBrienATL (David O’Brien) — Atlanta Braves beat writer for The Athletic and music maven.

@mlbbowman (Mark Bowman) — Atlanta Braves beat writer for MLB.com. 

@LaVelleNeal — Twins beat writer for the Star-Tribune.

@ctrent (C. Trent Rosecrans) — Reds beat writer for The Athletic and current president of the BBWAA.

@Haudricourt (Tom Haudricourt) — Longtime Milwaukee Brewers beat writer for the Journal Sentinel.

@TBTimes_Rays (Marc Topkin) — Tampa Bay Rays beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times.

@MarkZuckerman — Covers the Washington Nationals for MASN. Not the CEO of Facebook (easy mistake, it appears). 

National writers

@Ken_Rosenthal — The Athletic, perhaps the ultimate insider.

@JeffPassan — If Rosenthal’s not the ultimate insider, then it’s Passan.

@JonHeyman — Another insider and MLB Network personality.

@KurkjianESPN — Baseball analyst for ESPN. Stellar Baltimore accent.

@ByMcCullough ‏— National baseball writer for The Athletic.

@JaysonSt — Senior baseball writer at The Athletic. Plenty of great stats and baseball anecdotes.

@ThomasBoswellWP — The dean, three decades-plus with The Washington Post.

@chelsea_Janes — National MLB reporter for The Washington Post. Former Nationals beat writer.

@Britt_Ghiroli — Senior MLB writer for The Athletic.

@BNightengale — National baseball writer for USA Today.

@rustindodd — Features writer for The Athletic, former MLB beat writer.

@castrovince (Anthony Castrovince) — Writer for MLB.com. Features and other witty content.

Analytics

@enosarris — Writes about statistics and fantasy baseball for The Athletic. Beer aficionado.

@DSzymborski ‏— Senior writer for Fangraphs. Creator of “ZIPS” projections model. Cat lover.

@jay_jaffe — Another senior writer at Fangraphs. Author of “The Cooperstown Casebook.”

@darenw — Director of research and development for MLB.

@Mike_Petriello — Advanced stat guy for MLB.

Notable MLB player accounts

@bryceharper3 — That Bryce Harper.

@MStrooo6 — Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.

@NoahSyndergaard — Mets starting pitcher and enemy of Mr. Met.

@whatwouldDOOdo — Reds reliever Sean Doolittle. 

@Amir_Garrett — Another Reds reliever with a nice big Twitter presence.

@BauerOutage — He’s snarky. He’s opinionated. You’ll either love him or hate him. He’s Trevor Bauer. 

Misc.

@cut4 — The hip, youthful alter ego of MLB.

@BaseballBrit — As his Twitter bio says, “Cheerful British chap on a mission to promote interest in baseball.”

@jomboy_ — Irreverent but entertaining video analysis.

@aisle424 — Cubs fan blogger, with all the emotional swings you’d expect.

@UniWatch — This guy stays on top of uniform changes.

@BreakingT — Maker of cool, real-time sports T-shirts.

@Rotowear — Another excellent maker of cool, moment-oriented T-shirts

@FlagstaffFilms — We love seeing all the old ballpark home movies.

@BaseballAmerica — If you want to keep up with the game’s top prospects, this is the place.

@hbryant42 (Howard Bryant) — ESPN, commentary, roots as baseball beat writer and author.

@MLBCathedrals — Legendary ballparks, past and present (mostly past).

@NumbersMLB — Keeps you up to date with everyone’s uniform digits.

@MLBRandomStats — Who doesn’t love random cool stats?

@PitchingNinja (Rob Friedman) — Pitching Analyst and frequent GIF tweeter.

@eireanndolan — Sean Doolittle’s wife, often tweet as a team.

@nlbmprez (Bob Kendrick) — Executive director of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in K.C.

@theaceofspaeder (Ryan M. Spaeder) — Finder of obscure stats, author of two books on the subject.

@expos_exposed (Steve Goulding) — Just a loyal fans of the Montreal Expos, tweeting out random facts about his beloved (departed) team.

@Super70sSports — Blending laugh-out-loud humor with a love of the past. Sometimes NSFW.

@Topps — The King of Trading Cards still has a strong collectibles game.

@PaniniAmerica — Makers of the modern Donruss baseball cards, plus other sports cards and collectibles.

Who’s missing? Let us know.

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Is Julian Edelman a Hall of Famer? Twitter debates retired receiver’s credentials

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Is Julian Edelman a Hall of Famer? Twitter debates retired receiver's credentials

Julian Edelman called it quits Monday, announcing his retirement after an 11-year NFL career, all of it spent with the Patriots.

Edelman’s final stat line: 620 receptions for 6,866 receiving yards (11 yards per reception) and 36 receiving touchdowns; 58 rushes for 413 yards (7.1 yards per carry); 177 punt returns for 1,986 yards and four touchdowns. His yardage ranks 156h in NFL history, and his receiving touchdowns are tied for 261st.

Zero Pro Bowl selections. Three Super Bowl rings. One Super Bowl MVP. And a member of the Patriots’ 2010 All-Decade team.

Now, the ensuing debate: Are those numbers good enough to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (which Edelman won’t be eligible for until 2026)? The pure numbers say no, but that didn’t stop Twitter users from making “HOFer” and “Edelman” trend Monday evening as they discussed Edelman’s Hall of Fame credentials.

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Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer in May 2019 made a compelling argument that Edelman’s Hall of Fame case isn’t so cut and dry. Working in Edelman’s favor is the fact that only Jerry Rice ranks ahead of Edelman in postseason receptions (151 to Edelman’s 118) and receiving yards (2,245 to Edelman’s 1,442). He was also one of the favorite targets of Tom Brady — himself a first-ballot Hall of Famer — as the two won three Super Bowls together.

But Edelman only led the Patriots three times in receiving yards, and never put together more than 1,117 yards in a season (in 2019, his last fully healthy season). He had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons and never scored more than seven receiving touchdowns a year. People were also quick to point out his stats pale in comparison to other non-Hall of Famers with considerably better stats, including Hines Ward, who in 2021 failed to make it into Canton for the fifth consecutive year.

Regardless of whether Edelman makes it into the Hall of Fame, the fact that his candidacy is so hotly debated — not even 24 hours removed from announcing his retirement — is a testament to his impact on the game.

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Why did Patriots cut Julian Edelman? Failed physical only part of New England roster move

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The Patriots sent shockwaves throughout the NFL on Monday — tremors, at least — with the announcement that they would cut veteran receiver Julian Edelman.

Multiple reports suggest that New England cut Edelman, 34, because he failed his physical; he would have played his 12th season in the league in 2021 after missing the final 10 games of the 2020 season while recovering from knee surgery.

That said, New England’s decision to cut Edelman was more than just a simple failed physical. Either way, Monday’s decision could put the cap on an 11-year career that saw Edelman catch 620 passes for 6,822 yards and 36 touchdowns and win three Super Bowls.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the decision, and Edelman’s future in the NFL.

Why did the Patriots cut Julian Edelman?

The initial reason for Edelman’s tenure ending in New England was a failed physical. That makes sense on the surface, considering that the 34-year-old receiver played in the fewest games in a given season since he entered the NFL in 2009. Considering how busy New England coach/GM Bill Belichick was in free agency, it also stands to reason that Edelman would have seen fewer targets in 2021 after the Patriots added receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, and tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.

However, that was only part of the Patriots’ decision. Per Mike Weiss of ESPN, the decision could simply be a formality and precursor to Edelman retiring from football.

Edelman later confirmed rumors that he was, indeed, retiring. Edelman, in a pre-recorded video, announced his decision.

Why is Edelman retiring from the NFL?

In the video, Edelman credited an undisclosed knee injury from the 2020 season as the reason for his retirement. He underwent surgery on Oct. 29 and did not return for the remainder of New England’s 7-9 season.

“Nothing in my career has ever come easy. And, no surprise, this isn’t going to be easy, either,” Edelman said in his announcement. “I always said, ‘I’m gonna go until the wheels come off.’ And they finally have fallen off. Due to an injury last year, I’ll be making my official announcement of retirement from football. It was a hard decision, but the right decision for me and my family. And I’m honored, and so proud, to be retiring a Patriot.

That last line also puts an end to any rumors that Edelman will attempt a comeback somewhere else in the NFL — notably, in Tampa Bay with former teammates Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.

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Dustin Poirier says Conor McGregor never donated promised $500K to former’s charity

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Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor are confirmed to be fighting again … on Twitter.

The latest clash between the two UFC fighters stems from a Poirier claim Sunday night that McGregor and his team failed to deliver on a promised $500,000 donation. It would have gone to Poirier’s charity, “The Good Fight,” after their UFC 257 bout in January, which Poirier won via second-round TKO.

McGregor responded in kind, saying that Poirier never said exactly where the money was going and how it would be used.

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All this stemmed from a 2020 exchange between the two fighters where McGregor teased a comeback outside of UFC. He proposed a PPV with Poirier, saying all the money would go to charity. He eventually settled on the $500,000 amount, which would be donated after their January bout. Poirier confirmed in December 2020 that McGregor’s team had begun the process of donating to his foundation.

Poirier and McGregor’s online squabble further devolved from there, with Poirier claiming that McGregor’s team quit responding to emails and McGregor calling Poirier a “brain dead hillbilly” — before canceling their trilogy fight.

Both fighters have reportedly signed contracts to a trilogy fight on July 10 at UFC 264, though that promotion hasn’t been made official. What’s also uncertain is whether McGregor’s claim that the fight is off is him simply letting off steam or retaliation against Poirier.

Just another day in the UFC.

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