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Twitter Takes The Ballgame To You

Twitter was aflutter yesterday with opening day news and today Twitter tells us that “This season, Twitter can be your all-access pass to everything happening during games, off the field, and at the front office.” It’s enough to make baseball fans stand up and cheer.

It looks like Twitter is really taking its sports coverage seriously these days. And why wouldn’t it? As we noted a few days ago, sport enthusiasts love twitter! (Maybe they read out post?)

Either way, following the excitement around March Madness and seeing how things are taking off since opening day, Twitter appears to have noticed a trend and is looking to hire a Media Manager to focus specifically on sports:

Twitter is changing the way athletes and teams connect with their fans. Twitter’s Media team is looking for an ambitious, highly creative individual to develop the relationships, best practices and content strategy that will result in a high volume of authentic sports content on Twitter.

Before you scramble to update your resume, know that you need to have some pretty niche experience to join Twitter’s sports flock. The sports manager must have “deep knowledge of the sports landscape across multiple sports, including significant and direct experience working with athletes, teams and leagues” and “direct experience in driving adoption of Twitter successfully with athletes, leagues, events and shows” – among other superstar requirements.

But don’t worry, even if you don’t make the cut to join Twitter’s team, you can still benefit from its wealth of experience by following them @TwitterSports. They’ll get you up to speed (in case you’ve missed any of the early games). And whether you’re just an every day fan or a reporter looking for a scoop, the Twitter team offers new and exciting ways to connect with your favorite teams, general managers, players and other like-minded folks:

You now have the chance to connect with players like never before. Imagine if tweeting could get you a trip to hang out with your favorite player at a spring training game — that’s exactly what Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips did for two lucky fans. Or you could help Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp with a vital part of his in-game strategy.

Twitter has also become an instrumental tool in the press box, where baseball reporters post about everything from trade rumors to last-minute roster moves to real-time in-game analysis. Elsewhere in the stadium, Twitter is even making its way onto the Jumbotron: if you head to Target Field for a Minnesota Twins game, check out the “Tweet Board”, which displays Tweets from fans during the game.

And finally, this infographic from one of our recent post shows which teams and players have the most followers on Twitter – though we imagine many more will be joining now – and here’s the ever handy link to MLB standings (in case you were looking for it).

Do you typically follow sports on Twitter? And do you plan to follow baseball on it this year? Who are your most twitteriffic sports favs?

(Baseball game photo from Shutterstock)

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