Twitter has been a revolutionary platform in bringing the thoughts, opinions, photos, and the occasional rant of baseball players to fans in real time. And it makes fans’ day when their baseball heroes reply back, retweet, or thank them for their tweets. There are a few baseball player accounts out there that even follow back their fans, showing their appreciation for follows and comments. Here we look at the Top 5 player (current and former) who love to follow their fans back and frequently interact with their Twitter followers. All the below images are the avatars from the verified Twitter accounts.
5. Frank Catalanotto (@fcat27)
Frank Catalanotto enjoyed a 14-year career as a utility player and finished with a solid .291 career batting average, including a 5th place finish in the 2001 AL Batting Average race. His most recent project was his new book (seen in his avatar above). Catalanotto follows over 5,000 fans with over 8,500 tweets to date.
4. Hector Santiago (@HecSantiago53)
Hector Santiago is a hard-throwing pitcher with just a few years under his belt, but the Los Angeles Angels thought enough of his prospects to insist upon landing him from the Chicago White Sox in the three-team deal involving their slugger Mark Trumbo completed in December 2013. Santiago follows over 10,000 baseball fans, actually more than follow him. Among the list here, Santiago seems to retweet and respond to fan tweets more than anyone.
3. Ervin Santana (@ervinsantana_54)
Ervin Santana is one of the top free agents on the market at the time of this post. After 9-seasons and over 100 wins with the Los Angeles Angels, he was dealt to Kansas City (for whom he still claims in the above avatar). He’s a former All-Star and 16-game winner on three occasions. For the right price, he could go to your team next year. For a follow of his account, you might join one of the 28,000 others in the Twitter-verse that Santana follows.
2. Jerry Remy (@jerry_remy)
Jerry Remy enjoyed a 10-year career for the California Angels and Boston Red Sox, including an All-Star appearance in 1978. He also received one vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The native of Massachusetts (Fall River) is more recently known for his broadcast work for the Sox. The self-proclaimed “President of the Red Sox Nation” also owns a successful Boston Sports Bar and Grill. Remy follows over 156,000 Twitter users.
1. Jose Bautista (@joeybats19)
Jose Bautista was a revolutionary Twitter user, an early adopter and one who didn’t shy away from following back, proudly claiming to be the first player to follow over 50K of his fans. The Toronto Blue Jays star and Dominican Republic native has made 4 All-Star games, won 2 Gold Gloves, and finished in the Top 5 of the AL MVP voting on two occasions. The 10-year veteran is locked up long term for the Jays with a comfortable salary, but that doesn’t seem to keep him from following his fans, over 148,000 to date.
Four of these five follow our Twitter account, for that we are thankful and we love the interactions we’ve had to date and look forward to many more.
If we missed anyone, please let us know on our Twitter or comment here, we’d love to include more players who like to interact with their fans.
– David Whitlock