Spring 2013 Tigers Twitter rankings

Tom Szczerbowski

We take a look at the names, numbers, and nuances of all your favorite Tigers related Twitter accounts.

To enjoy this post you are going to have to buy into a simple but important premise: Twitter is a lot of fun.

If you don't get it, or don't like it, then this post won't resonate with you. But for those of us who dig it, it can be addicting.

Twitter is great because it can serve a host of purposes. First, it is an information source. You can stay abreast of all the latest developments in which you have interest. Second, it is open. Any dope can start an account and find an audience (even if it is very small at first). This small audience can grow into one with almost no limits in size. Third, it is real time. This is important for watching sports. Baseball is especially suited to twitter. The sport has gaps that allow for the reading or construction of a tweet. (These gaps also make the game good for drinking beer and eating peanuts). Finally, it is social. You connect with people you haven't met. There is an aphorism that says "Facebook is where you don't like the people you know, Twitter is were you like the people you don't know."

Are you starting out on Twitter and need a few names to follow? Are you Twitter vet who wants to see how you stack up? Check out the rankings below.

Some notes about the rankings:

  1. The accounts should feature primarily Tigers related content.
  2. When it comes to players I am only including big leaguers and those likely to be in the bigs this year (as defined by Chris Iott's article HERE). I am not including minor leaguers because there are simply too many. If you are interested you can check out my minor league twitter post HERE, or wait for my updated list sometime in the next month or two.
  3. I have not included parody accounts unless they have a ton of followers or are of special interest to me.
  4. I have to know about the account to include it. If you have (or know of) a dynamite Tigers related account that is left off please include it in the comments. I'll consider adding it for next time.
  5. If you think the list isn't fair. Adjust, IT'S MY LIST!
  6. The accounts are listed by number of followers. If you are looking for my personal preferences you can find my top 50 HERE.
Spring 2013 Rank Twitter handle Spring 2013 followers Summer 2012 followers Summer 2012 Rank % Change Rank Change comments
1 @JustinVerlander 338,005 216,627 1 56.03% 0 He's good at throwing a ball past other guys who are trying to hit it with a stick.
2 @tigers 230,602 138,614 2 66.36% 0 I think you can figure out what this one is by yourself.
3 @MiguelCabrera 181,253 20,517 7 783.43% 4 Triple Crown winner, MVP, impish smile = a 783% increase in followers
4 @toriihunter48 125,119 new new n/a n/a The photos he tweeted of his Christmas tree were nice.
5 @FOXSportsDet 42,785 30,904 3 38.44% -2 Did you know Mario Impemba and Ken Daniels share a birthday?!
6 @RealPFielder28 36,302 new new n/a n/a He tweeted cool photos of himself working out this winter.
7 @RodAllen12 33,471 27,034 4 23.81% -3 Everyone's favorite pahdnah
8 @mario_impemba 28,786 22,381 6 28.62% -2 You try talking about the same subject 3 hours straight every day.
9 @SmylyD 25,452 14,358 10 77.27% 1 recent tweet: "I can't believe I have 25k followers!! Shout out to everyone"
10 @bobwojnowski 25,036 18,933 8 32.23% -2 Writer and talker
11 @TigersMLive 20,708 17,902 9 15.67% -2 Mmmmmm Mlive...mmmm
12 @FSDetroit_Girls 18,754 13,254 15 41.50% 3 2-1+2=3 Keeping the eye makeup market strong.
13 @beckjason 17,088 14,240 11 20.00% -2 Jason Beck can roller skate in a buffalo herd and take a shower in a parakeet's cage. #beckfacts
14 @DannyWorth29 17,037 13,472 14 26.46% 0 Slick with the glove and knows how to travel.
15 @Max_Scherzer 16,744 12,201 16 37.23% 1 Max's last tweet was May 2012, might have to drop him.
16 @philcokesbrain 15,605 8,456 21 84.54% 5 Yo
17 @AvisailGarcia34 14,578 new new n/a n/a Mini Miggy
18 @drunkmiggy 14,481 8,987 20 61.13% 2 You stay classy, DrunkMiggy
19 @Dan_Dickerson 13,674 10,382 18 31.71% -1 Dan Dickerson is absolutely outstanding. It's as simple as that.
20 @freeptigers 12,975 9,663 19 34.28% -1 Jown Lowe and the boys.
21 @Detroit4lyfe 12,914 13,694 12 -5.70% -9 The home of the Rod Allen Drinking Game.
22 @FakeLeyland 12,085 7,203 25 67.78% 3 Patrick Leyland called him "Fake Dad". That is awesome.
23 @Shannon_Hogan 10,655 6,617 26 61.02% 3 Shannon interviews fans and brings Rod and Mario food.
24 @TigresdeDetroit 10,249 new new n/a n/a This pages is in [Spanish] Would you like to translate it?
25 @Tom_Gage 10,112 8,057 22 25.51% -3 Tom has been on fire with random little nuggets as of late.
26 @FatCatPrince 9,649 13,497 13 -28.51% -13 Lost a bunch of followers. Twitter cleaned house a little?
27 @JohnKeatingFSD 9,172 6,537 27 40.31% 0 A mascot once emptied a can of hairspray on his head.
28 @RyanFieldFSD 9,150 6,318 28 44.82% 0 The Miguel Cabrera of hair.
29 @AnibalSanchez19 8,983 new new n/a n/a Almost went to the Cubs. Almost made a bad choice.
30 @Lynn_Henning 8,475 5,925 29 43.04% -1 Jhonny's fat. Trade Porcello. There, I saved you some time.
31 @Cmo_27 7,302 4,205 36 73.65% 5 He's getting better. Right? Yes?
32 @BBritten_Tigers 7,300 4,342 35 68.13% 3 Director of Media (sexual?) Relations.
33 @blessyouboys 7,021 5,061 30 38.73% -3 A hodge-podge team bringing you all sorts of good Tigers stuff.
34 @suss2hyphens 6,741 4,448 33 51.55% -1 How do you keep bacon from curling in the pan? Take away it's broom! :-D
35 @iamtrevort 6,273 4,811 31 30.39% -4 Post game interview. "How big was it that you were able to...?"
36 @Chris_Iott 6,246 4,491 32 39.08% -4 Chris is great. Follow Chris, or don't, whatever. #IottHardSell
37 @cuban2727 5,960 new new n/a n/a Brayan Pena, backup catcher. First string person.
38 @RodAllenQuotes 4,729 4,366 34 8.31% -4 More Rod for all you Rodoholics.
39 @PAWSDetroit 4,604 new new n/a n/a The official paws. Describes self as "Detroit's favorite mascot" I heard Roary is pissed.
40 @ChrisVannini 4,592 new returning n/a n/a Chris says he's coming back to cover some baseball this summer.
41 @BruceRondon 4,080 new new n/a n/a Flaming throwing almost closer.
42 @Stareagle 3,669 2,924 38 25.48% -4 The beard gives him special powers; like tolerating the Pistons.
43 @FSDwakiji 3,668 2,610 41 40.54% -2 She had some great tweets from spring training.
44 @Life_In_The_D 2,685 1,795 47 49.58% 3
45 @matthewbmowery 2,660 1,950 46 36.41% 1 I love Matthew. A must follow. Funny and sharp.
46 @Ashl3yCouturier 2,589 2,737 39 -5.41% -7
47 @DDowns99 2,555 2533 97 0.87% 50 Darin had a great 2012 and a great ST. He's a legit big leaguer.
48 @Thompson_Tigers 2,512 1,429 54 75.79% 6 Some kind of Tigers brass.
49 @newstigers 2,478 1,748 49 41.76% 0 The Detroit News Tigers feed
50 @jamesschmehl 2,351 1,706 50 37.81% 0 I owe it to him to finally spell Schemehl correctly
51 @CaseyCrosby2 2,329 new new n/a n/a Good stuff, needs to find his groove.
52 @spacemnkymafia 2,269 2,149 43 5.58% -9 Facilitator of the #AustinJacksonStrikesout hashtag. Wild hair.
53 @TonyPaul1984 2,193 1,263 61 73.63% 8 Tony is the Avisail Garcia to Lynn Henning's Cabrera
54 @billfer 2,045 1,955 45 4.60% -9 The Tigers blogging OG
55 @docworn 2,044 new new n/a n/a WalkoffWoodward.com
56 @iancass 1,972 1,761 48 11.98% -8 Uncle, writer, sage.
57 @RoarTigers 1,960 1,334 55 46.93% -2 Great art. Samara is simply the best. FOLLOW SAMARA!!
58 @ComericaParkDJ 1,934 1,333 56 45.09% -2 AKA @djleej – tweet him your requests to hear them at CoPa
59 @jbholaday 1,925 1,159 65 66.09% 6 Catcher ready to roll when the Tigers need him.
60 @DNR_Rogo 1,906 1,439 53 32.45% -7 www.detroittigersnark.blogspot.com Rogo is outstanding. Follow now
61 @FakeGeneLamont 1,836 new new n/a n/a The Tummy is now a big caged in the dugout
62 @catswithbats 1,794 1,489 52 20.48% -10 Alex tweets about...well, everything.
63 @AceRHPDonKelly 1,790 1,063 70 68.39% 7 Donnie Twitter
64 @TigersProspects 1,736 new new n/a n/a @B_Sakowski @puncakes_ @ChampaignCaviar @JGoro8 & @iTigerTravie
65 @ScoutTigers 1,628 1,223 62 33.12% -3
66 @norunsupport 1,591 1,203 63 32.25% -3 She's blackmailing me so I have to include her.
67 @tigstown 1,584 1,290 60 22.79% -7 Paul and Mark do a great job. Probably the biggest Pro-Rondon guys.
68 @ColangeloTigers 1,550 1,152 66 34.55% -2 Another Tigers suit of some sort.
69 @SKORNACKI 1,549 1,298 58 19.34% -11 Writer for FoxSportsDetroit.com
70 @rdsanti39 1,526 1,492 51 2.28% -19 Ramon Santiago. Last tweet (July 18, 2012): "Hi". His profile photo is still an egg.
71 @iTigerTravie 1,443 1,299 57 11.09% -14 Travie makes snazzy banners and other photoshoppy things.
72 @SinginHotDogMan 1,411 769 78 83.49% 6 Mustard is disgusting. No one should eat that filth.
73 @TigsTownMark 1,346 1,098 68 22.59% -5 Prospects and such.
74 @jwagnerblade 1,309 1,120 67 16.88% -7 Tracking potential Tigers from the MudHens point of view.
75 @TigersFanZone 1,302 1,297 59 0.39% -16
76 @BR_DETTigers 1,231 1,197 64 2.84% -12 Bleacher Report Tigers feed
77 @BigAlBYB 1,224 1,078 69 13.54% -8 A new @ handle for Al. Good choice.
78 @MelissaHeyboer 1,206 932 77 29.40% -1 The worst part of writing at BlessYouBoys is not having the trill of Melissa linking your stuff
79 @anthonyfenech 1,201 new new n/a n/a Freep writer. His best work was live tweeting the pre-World Series scrimmages
80 @TigersScorecard 1,200 1,032 73 16.28% -7
81 @JAYRC_TigsTown 1,197 2,542 42 -52.91% -39 Our Lakeland correspondent
82 @DailyFungo 1,179 1,040 71 13.37% -11
83 @BYBKurt 1,175 1,020 74 15.20% -9 He writes his tweets on notecards which are then taken by sled dog to the nearest telegraph station.
84 @MPTuiasosopo 1,153 new new n/a n/a Tigers utility player. Yes, he was the cousin of the guy who did the Manti Te'o thing. Leave the guy alone.
85 @DisplacedTgrFan 1,076 952 76 13.03% -9 He has a new blog that looks pretty nice. http://displacedtigerfan.blogspot.com/
86 @tiger337 960 720 80 33.33% -6 Lee is the guy to ask about any sabermetric questions. http://www.detroittigertales.com/
87 @JohnLowe86 943 975 75 -3.28% -12 Wears cool hats
88 @Jkunkel7 926 717 81 29.15% -7 Proud Michigan Wolverine and bulllpen catcher
89 @beearedee 912 new new n/a n/a Mrs. Monkey Mafia
90 @mlbtrtigers 904 663 86 36.35% -4 MLBTradeRumors Tigers feed
91 @HJBosch21 871 new new n/a n/a We'll include him even though he's a soccer guy
92 @shan_cake 870 696 83 25.00% -9 She decorates her shoes with Tigers stuff
93 @brayanvilla60 849 new new n/a n/a Seriously? Brayan only has 849 followers? Step it up people!
94 @TweetingTigers 798 741 79 7.69% -15 @bilfer compiled a list of Tigers Tweeters
95 @TigersWTF 791 685 84 15.47% -11 WTF?
96 @MotownTigers 765 706 82 8.36% -14 Tigers message board
97 @Garretkc 763 683 85 11.71% -12 Garret is very good at tweeting interesting statistics and being like 15 years old
98 @Detroit4lyfeRob 754 645 87 16.90% -11 Self-described sports writing mercenary.
99 @DanFenner 753 505 91 49.11% -8 Sports writer for the Oakland Press
100 @AvilaOnTequila 696 new new n/a n/a I think the @ name says it all
101 @Baroque97 696 new new n/a n/a Cath
102 @JohnJParent 695 599 88 16.03% -14 I own it to him to finally get his handle right
103 @MundanePorcello 680 121 115 461.98% 12 He's the very best at tweeting without saying anything
104 @Rothben 669 537 90 24.58% -14
105 @comericaseagull 658 369 99 78.32% -6 Be nice or he'll poop on you.
106 @MLiveCommenter 591 new new n/a n/a #FIRELEYLAND
107 @Tigerdog_1 575 438 96 31.28% -11 You haven't lived until you've been corrected by Tigerdog_1
108 @MatthewLaFave 534 482 93 10.79% -15 Detroit Tigers writer for examiner.com
109 @DeeTownTigers 524 498 92 5.22% -17
110 @tokarzontigers 523 444 95 17.79% -15 I'm kinda mean to him. Sorry Tokarz
111 @johnmoz 521 448 94 16.29% -17 He comes up with the silly questions for the BYB podcasts.
112 @mcintyrepatrick 475 406 98 17.00% -14 His most memorable column tried to persuade people that PEDs were fine
113 @RestOfPhilCoke 470 332 102 41.57% -11 Everything but the brain I suppose
114 @VivaTigres 451 287 107 57.14% -7 Jen needles Rogo, Rogo crushes Jen. It's fun to watch.
115 @BaconDrips 431 353 100 22.10% -15
116 @eliatthetigers 427 315 103 35.56% -13 He's the guy who handles the Tigers promotions schedule and much more.
117 @AlmostHenning 427 228 110 87.28% -7 It's easy to get him confused with the real thing.
118 @ChampaignCaviar 425 307 105 38.44% -13
119 @MCB_Tigers 411 new new n/a n/a
120 @SabreRoseTiger 376 340 101 10.59% -19
121 @snyder_matthew 348 new new n/a n/a
122 @SoCal_TigersFan 330 new new n/a n/a
123 @MCB_johnverburg 311 233 109 33.48% -14
124 @DirksBaby 290 123 114 135.77% -10 Dirks Baby!
125 @angeladawn26 287 236 108 21.61% -17 She has an olde english D tattoo on her foot.
126 @MattinToledo 277 224 111 23.66% -15 Since he created this twitter account so now he can't move.
127 @Theghostofrocky 271 192 112 41.15% -15 A writer of Tiger Haikus
128 @HighOPS 271 new new n/a n/a
129 @Tigercub33 266 293 106 -9.22% -23
130 @TheRoar_24 247 new new n/a n/a A MLB fan cave finalist
131 @SarahDrielts 225 127 113 77.17% -18
132 @TTownTiger 195 new new n/a n/a
133 @SkitchP 164 new new n/a n/a I follow and enjoy Skitch. Perhaps you could too.
134 @MonkeyWrench32 133 new new n/a n/a He makes very cool wallpapers: http://www.mw32.com/
135 @tbradstreet10 131 new new n/a n/a Proprietor of thebottombaseline.blogspot.com
136 @PorcellosBrain 126 new new n/a n/a
137 @WalkoffWoodward 123 3,019 37 -95.93% -100 Doc Worn is a fancy pants ESPN affiliate now. Oooooo
138 @parttimesloth 112 112 116 0.00% -22 The number one Mspaint based Tigers artist.
139 @ChrisDallasTX 102 91 117 12.09% -22
140 @JerseyTigerFan 91 new new n/a n/a
141 @RealTigersMemes 82 new new n/a n/a I guess they are big on Facebook
142 @TigerologyNews 73 73 118 0.00% -24
143 @April_in_the_D 69 48 119 43.75% -24








Goodbye Goodbye






@JohnPaulWhite
26,989 5

The last tweet from John Paul explained that The Civil Wars had canceled their tour. On March 27th The Civil Wars announced they will be sharing some good news on May 1. Hopefully JPW comes back.

@Ballystar40
10,621 17

Collin Balester is now with the Rangers organization

@EasyPapaGrande
7,948 23

Free agent parody account

@PapaGrande46
7,410 24

Jose Valverde is a free agent pitcher.

@AdamWilk58
2,673 40

Adam took an opportunity go and pitch for the NC Dinos in the Korean League

@thad_weber
1,987 44

Thad was claimed by the Padres last August
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