The idea for this article is not original to me, so there is no need to take credit for it. In fact, a friend of mine over at FantasyHurler.com put together such a piece not too long ago. I could refer you to read that one, but it would not be anywhere near as much fun as giving my take (here is the link anyway).
Social media is changing the way we do things as a country, and that includes how we get our information. One of the fastest ways to do that is through Twitter.
Twitter breaks news nearly the second it happens. Long before ESPN, CBS, or even Bleacher Report has a piece of news or commentary on the subject, it is a trending topic on Twitter. Multiple times in the last year, I have heard about players signing contracts or being suspended through Twitter faster than any other media outlet. The simple reason is that anyone can put up something 140 characters long.
Additionally, because of the character limits, you get just the news you need to know. If a player goes down, even in the middle of a game, many are posting that he has and who to grab to fill the hole. For those of us that do not watch the West Coast or East Coast games, this type of access is a major bonus. It keeps you involved with every game and every team.
It is the fact that anyone can do it, though, that has people staying away. After all, how can you separate the good from the bad? The good news is that many reputable people in the media are helping to spread the word. Baseball analysts Buster Olney, Peter Gammons, and Jon Heyman, as well as team beat writers are posting links to articles and random news bits through this format.
This news is available any time because of cell phones and computers with applications to bring the site into any format. Access like this makes the difference when it comes to picking up a player or not being on the boat.
Better still, you will find angles and people that you may not get information from otherwise. Everyone knows the major sites, but there are brilliant analysts beyond where you are running your league. Baseball minds come in all forms, and having a way to get in touch with so many in one place is worth exploring.
Where should you start? Well, certainly check out my personal feed (@TheRoundtable). You will get links to articles for certain, but you also will get quick thoughts and statistics that will help you over the course of the season. Others that are worth following, in no particular order, are:
...and so many more. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the volume of information available and the amount that can be consumed over any given period. All of the people here have certainly helped me already, and they will do the same for you.
While you may have been avoiding the phenomenon known as Twitter, fear not. Accept it and bring it into your life. You have fantasy glory to gain as a result!
Collin Hager writes the Elmhurst Pub Fantasy Blog and is a regular contributor to FantasyPros911.com. He apologizes to the followers and those he follows that are not on this list. You can (and now should) follow Collin on Twitter @TheRoundtable.