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The 2013 (Nearly) Complete Twitter Guide to the Frisco RoughRiders, the Texas League and the Texas Rangers Farm System: Part One
A couple days ago I wrote a post here with the best resources for keeping up on the Texas Rangers and its minor league teams and prospects, and the entire time while writing it, I kept thinking about how I get as much or more information on Twitter these days.
I still hit the ‘ole feedly reader every day. Sometimes 140 characters just doesn’t really cut it for a topic. Yu know, like Darvish’s outing last night. (For more on that, read this, and this, and this and this. Oh and you have to watch that).
And while that is true, Twitter is still great, especially for breaking news. Want to be the first one to find out that Nelson Cruz’s home run last night actually came with a broken-bat swing? FSSW’s Emily Jones has you covered:
Just confirmed Nelson Cruz broke his bat on that homerun. #beastmode
— Emily Jones (@EmilyJonesFSN) April 25, 2013
Did you see former RoughRiders pitcher Robbie Erlin got called yetserday? With Twitter, you could find great stuff on who is behind the numbers from excellent Rangers prospect guru Jason Cole:
— Jason Cole (@LoneStarDugout) April 25, 2013
And, yeah, you might have heard that 17-year-old Rangers prospect Nomar Mazara hit his second home run last night for Class-A Hickory, but how impressive was it? Crawdads’ broadcaster Aaron Cox does a very nice job tweeting in-game. See:
17 year old Nomar Mazara with a towering solo homer over the video board and clock in Greensboro to give the #Crawdads an early 1-0 lead.
— Aaron Cox (@TheAaronCox) April 24, 2013
SO, without further ado, here it is: The 2013 (Nearly) Complete Guide to the Frisco RoughRiders, the Texas League, and the Texas Rangers Farm System.
Why “nearly” complete? Well. 1) this is not necessarily exhaustive. Plenty of people tweet about these topics, but this is a great starting point. And 2) of course we need your input! Let us know who we are missing by commenting below or tweeting at me (@NathanSBarnett) and 3) I am not done with the rest of the parts yet…
And, yes, this is just Part One of The 2013 (Nearly) Complete Twitter Guide (TNCTG). I will have a few entries over the next week or so and also update them, as I find new handles worthy of the all-important “follow” click.
Part One looks at the teams and key employee follows in the Texas League and Rangers system. Future entries will include key journalists, commentators, and bloggers to follow. And players! Yes, the exhaustive list of players as well. Stay tuned!
TNCTG PART ONE:
Texas League Teams:
Frisco RoughRiders: @RidersBaseball
Corpus Christi Hooks: @CCHooks
Midland Rockhounds: @RockHounds
San Antonio Missions: @MissionsMiLB
Arkansas Travelers: @ARTravs
Northwest Arkansas Naturals: @NWANaturals
Springfield Cardinals: @Sgf_Cardinals
Tulsa Drillers: @TulsaDrillers
Teams in the Rangers System:
MLB – Texas Rangers: @Rangers
Double-A – Frisco RoughRiders: @RidersBaseball
Advanced-A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans: @PelicanBaseball
Single-A – Hickory Crawdads: @HickoryCrawdads
Short-Season A – Spokane Indians: @SpokaneIndians
Rookie – AZL Rangers: No official Twitter handle, that I am aware of. There is @AZL_Rangers which was created by a fan. Decent follow.
Rookie – DSL Rangers: Ditto. Some do cover this team, however. More to come in future TNCTG entries.
Alex Vispoli, Frisco RoughRiders: @Vispoli
Michael Coffin, Corpus Christi Hooks: No twitter account (see team Twitter handle)
Mike Saeger, San Antonio Missions: @SAMissionsRadio
Phil Elson, Arkansas Travelers: @ElsonPhil
Eric Nadel, #1 MLB – Texas Rangers: @NadelEr
Matt Hicks, #2 MLB – Texas Rangers: @RadioHicksie
Mike Capps, Triple-A – Round Rock Express: @RRExpressRadio
Travis Lucian, Advanced-A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans: @TravisLucian
Aaron Cox, Class-A – Hickory Crawdads: @TheAaronCox
Mike Boyle, Short-A – Spokane Indians: @MrMBoyle
Other good employees and team-related follows:
Nathan Barnett, Media Relations & Broadcasting Assistant: @NathanSBarnett
Ryan Garrett, Media Relations Intern: @Garrett_RM
Corpus Christi Hooks:
Chris Blake, Media Relations Coordinator: @ChrisCBlake
Greg Bergman, Assistant GM / Media Relations & Advertising: @GregBergman
Brian Carroll, Director of Media / Public Relations: @BKC001
John Blake, Executive Vice President of Communications: @RangerBlake
Updates on Rangers Ballpark: Parking, Traffic, Valet, Gate Openings, Weather & Events: @RangersInfo
In-game Rangers Twitter handle: @theRangersGame
For those of you out there wanting to keep up with every with a Twitter “list” — I have made one with most of these handles on there. Feel free to subscribe, I plan to keep it up to date this season.
Baseball term of the day: wand - baseball bat
Here are some pics from around the web today of the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington preparing for Game 3 of the World Series. Pretty exciting stuff! -AG
It’s playoff time for the RoughRiders, which means it is time for the Insider Blog to bring its “A” game. Whether the ‘Riders’ run lasts through this weekend or all the way to the Texas League championship, we will have you covered in many ways.
Obviously, you’ll be able to follow the journey via game recaps on the ‘Riders’ website and the play-by-play action both online and on 1630 KKGM. Still, here are some other ways, some new and some enhanced, to connect with the ‘Riders.
Game Previews: For every game of the playoffs, we will post a game preview here on the Insider Blog. You will also be able to access the preview at ridersbaseball.com.
Playoff Perspective: Shortly after each game, we will break down the night’s showdown and talk about how it affects the RoughRiders’ series. More on this in a moment.
Extra Bases Chat: Aaron and I will be chatting with all you RoughRiders’ fans throughout the entire broadcast. Join us to discuss EVERY playoff game, both home and road. This is where your voice can be heard.
Twitter/Facebook: Your instant sources for RoughRiders’ information. Even more updates and links will be offered throughout the postseason.
Now, let’s give you an idea of our post-game feature. Here’s the “Playoff Perspective – Off Day Edition.”
- Carlos Pimentel will start Game 3 for the ‘Riders against San Antonio righty Casey Kelly. Pimentel doesn’t have awesome numbers overall, but he has had success against the Missions all year long. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.97 ERA against San Antonio.
- The RoughRiders were just 13-19 against San Antonio this year, but they did take three of four from minor league baseball’s best team August 23-26. It was the two clubs’ final regular season meeting, and it took place at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
- Proof that this series should be a low-scoring affair: Frisco’s team average against San Antonio is .240 and its ERA is 3.97. San Antonio’s marks are .237 and 3.14.
- Frisco will hope to reverse a recent trend. In both 2009 and 2010, the Texas League squad with the best regular season record went on to win the championship. Northwest Arkansas went 6-3 in its quest last season. Midland went 6-2 for the ’09 crown.
- Reason #29173 why minor league baseball is great: Robbie Ross and Joe Wieland, two very close friends who will be opponents on the mound in Game 1 of this series, had some fun with each other on Twitter. Ross on Wieland: “Dude that’s if Joe can keep it under control haha. No man it will be fun.” Wieland on Ross: “I’m gonna have to show him how its done.” If this were CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander going back and forth, people would be criticizing like crazy. Sports are supposed to be fun, and it will be a fun Game 1 matchup.
- For the first time in a long time, the ‘Riders and Missions are equal–at 0-0. It’s a race to 3. Enjoy the show.
Still, this is an opportunity for us to reach out and acknowledge some of our Twitter followers in a few different categories. First, how about some of the ones who mention us a lot on Twitter?
@VisitFrisco: They almost always mention upcoming home stands at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
@BLAKIEJ_BAM: A visitor to Dr Pepper Ballpark and a viewer of the ‘Riders on TXA 21.
@tiffanytilyard: Pretty much the same.
@andylonghorn: Tweets and pictures to us, which is a great behind-the-scenes look.
@TexasRangers_HQ: We are a consistent “Follow Friday” account from this Twitter-er.
But hey, this is a thank you to every RoughRiders follower, not just the most vocal ones. How about we go through and see some of the most unique followers. These made the cut:
@DrAwesomeberry: A guy with this Twitter handle needs more than 14 followers, that’s for sure.
@DallasCowShirts: His mission: “We steal shirts from cows for YOU!” Obviously.
@LauraHiccups: That’s not her last name, according to her account. Still, a great account name.
@DrCrankinstein: We have plenty of well-qualified doctors following the RoughRiders.
@waxo1: The best bio of our followers: “A nice guy.” And that only takes 11 characters.
@KitKat_Fanatic: They are delicious, after all.
@rottenredneck17: Fair enough.
@Beercycler: “Trying to combine running, cycling, and great beers from around the world.” Sounds like a challenge, but I wish him well.
@JCUStreaks10: He has “giggidy” in his description. That’s enough for me.
@Biggios_Helmet: Craig Biggio’s helmet was quite memorable, so why not get a Twitter account for it?
@CanadianWaffles: I’ve never had one. Sounds delicious.
@ihatesaladforks: Who doesn’t?
@octopusfan: Unfortunately, this diehard octopus fan has only come up with two tweets so far.
@abusedsquirrel: On this note, we better stop.
Thanks to everyone who is a part of our Twitter feed. We hope you enjoy all of our content. Looking forward to getting to 4,000 soon!
Frisco starter Joe Wieland is on Twitter (@JWieland108, for those who want to follow him). So, it is fitting that our Twitter feed blew up after the right-hander became the first RoughRider to pitch a nine-inning no-hitter by himself.
Here is how it unfolded from the game’s early stages until the end on Twitter. If you tweeted at us before 10:20 tonight, you are on this list. When I say “RT” at the end of a tweet, that means that the person retweeted some of our information.
This includes our tweets, and it begins at the beginning of the game. It does not, however, include our straight re-tweets, which totaled 47 by 10:20 p.m.
Ridersbaseball: Underway in San Antonio between the ‘Riders and the Missions. Follow along-Broadcast: http://t.co/PVgr9dQ
Ridersbaseball: Tommy Mendonca’s sacrifice fly (team-leading 75th RBI) gives the ‘Riders a 1-0 lead at San Antonio, middle of the first. #Rangers
Ridersbaseball: Mike Bianucci’s team-leading 25th HR gives Frisco a 2-0 lead on San Antonio, mid 3. Entering tonight the ‘Riders are 2 GB of SA in the South
Ridersbaseball: Through 3, Frisco leads San Antonio 2-0. So far against the best club in MiLB, Joe Wieland in 2 starts: 12 IP, 1 R, 2 H. 9 up/9 down tonight
armenontheair: Joseph Wieland with a great first three innings, allowing zero hits thus far. @RidersBaseball up 2-0.
bull1480: @RidersBaseball Keep it up Joe!
Ridersbaseball: Joe Wieland (@JWieland108) has faced the minimum through 5. The one man who reached (walk) was caught stealing. ‘Riders lead SA 3-0 thru 5.
Ridersbaseball: Joe Wieland with strikeout, groundout, strikeout in the 6th. Still no hits allowed through 6. Frisco leads San Antonio 3-0 through 6.
mikeroblescomic: @RidersBaseball After 6 innings, Joe Wieland pitching a No-Hitter in San Antonio Missions! #milb #mlb #espn #rangers #padres Make the Trade!
Ridersbaseball: Follow along with Joe Wieland’s no-no bid here. 3-0 ‘Riders, middle of 7: Broadcast: http://t.co/PVgr9dQ
Ridersbaseball: Three up, three down for Joe Wieland in the 7th. Fly to LF, 4-3 GO, K. Just 84 pitches for the righty. No-no through 7 with Frisco up 3-0.
mikeroblescomic: @RidersBaseball After 7 innings, Joe Wieland pitching a No-Hitter in San Antonio Missions! #milb #mlb #espn #rangers #padres Make the Trade!
0s0t0gar1: @RidersBaseball which is why he should stay a future-RANGER
armenontheair: I could’ve gone to @RidersBaseball game on an historic night. RR pitcher Joe Wieland has “faced the minimum amount of batters”, as they say.
Ridersbaseball: Still 3-0 Frisco, mid 8 in San Antonio. We will update every batter that Joe Wieland faces in his no-no bid. Listen live http://t.co/PVgr9dQ
Ridersbaseball: Jedd Gyorko just flew out to the wall to lead off the 8th. Wieland BARELY keeps his no-no bid alive. 5 outs left. #Rangers
Ridersbaseball: Sawyer Carroll with a weak ground out to first base. 2 up, 2 down for Joe Wieland in the 8th. 4 outs left.
Ridersbaseball: Called strike 3 to Jason Hagerty. Wieland with a no-no through 8 in San Antonio. 3-0 Frisco. Listen live: http://t.co/PVgr9dQ
mikeroblescomic: @RidersBaseball After 8 innings, Joe Wieland pitching a No-Hitter at SA Missions! #mlb #espn #rangers #padres http://lockerz.com/s/124863719
armenontheair: In SA at @RidersBaseball game, we are 3 outs away from RR pitcher Joe Wieland doing what pitchers do when they don’t give up a hit. #NoJinx
Ridersbaseball: 98 pitches for Wieland, which is 6 shy of a season high by a RoughRiders pitcher. #Rangers
armenontheair: Here in SA, @NewbergReport – I picked a good first @RidersBaseball away game to attend!! Wieland has made SA look silly through 8.
Ridersbaseball: Bottom of the 9th has begun. ‘Riders up 3-0. Wieland out there trying for the RoughRiders 4th ever no-hitter. #Rangers
armenontheair: Here we go … Bot 9 … Wieland is 3 outs away from history … @RidersBaseball
Ridersbaseball: Wieland strikes out Anthony Contreras. Two outs away.
Ridersbaseball: Bryan Altman flies out to deep center. One out away for Joe Wieland. Daniel Robertson, the nine-hole hitter, is at the plate. .293 hitter.
armenontheair: ONE OUT AWAY FOR WIELAND!!! @RidersBaseball
Ridersbaseball: Groundout to Davis Stoneburner on the first pitch. Joe Wieland pitches a no-hitter against San Antonio!
ARTravs: @RidersBaseball Congrats to Wieland and the ‘Riders. Thrilling!
mikeroblescomic: @RidersBaseball Joe Wieland has just pitched a No-Hitter against San Antonio Missions! #milb #mlb #espn #rangers #padres Make the Trade!
Ridersbaseball: Wieland faced the minimum and only allowed one runner, a walk in the fourth inning. That man, Andy Parrino, was caught stealing. #Rangers
MistiSkidmore: Way to go, @JWieland108!!! Got a No-No for @RidersBaseball vs. San Antonio tonight. Awesome job!!! #Rangers
CLiebenow: The future. RT
Ridersbaseball: San Antonio entered the game in a tie with the San Jose Giants for the best record in Minor League Baseball (69-34).
bryanbooher: @armenontheair @RidersBaseball cool
TexasRangers_HQ: “@MistiSkidmore: Way to go, @JWieland108!!! Got a No-No for @RidersBaseball vs. San Antonio tonight. SA is SD minor league team Yay right?
Ridersbaseball: Wieland was mobbed by his teammates. We believe that it was the first nine-inning no-hitter by a single RoughRider pitcher in team history.
ChrisBeasley: @RidersBaseball Congrats to Weiland & the RoughRiders! #Rangers
hannahbaugh: No-hitter for Joe Wieland (@JWieland108) for @RidersBaseball! Way to go!
AdamGordon1977: @RidersBaseball Congrats Wieland and RRs!
MattGrubs: Congrats to Joe Wieland and @RidersBaseball on the no-hitter!
armenontheair: In @RidersBaseball clubhouse. Awesome atmosphere. Guys are having a blast.
NoPepperPlaying: #Milb #rangers RT
BobbyAguilera: Joe Wieland @RidersBaseball just faced minimum 27 batters in No-Hitter http://t.co/x1XyKY4 via @lonestarball #DoubleA
Pelicanbaseball: Congrats, Joe!!! RT
A_Boone22: No hitter for #Weiland and @RidersBaseball.
mikeroblescomic: @RidersBaseball Joe Wieland after the game no hitter! #milb #mlb #espn #rangers #padres Make the Trade http://lockerz.com/s/124880939