5 Cubs Reporters to Follow if You Aren’t Already
Spring training has finally begun! We’re just a few days in now, so not a lot has happened yet, but it is glorious to see my Twitter timeline filled with pictures of batting practice, autograph signings, and the usual hijnks that have been a staple since Joe Maddon took over as manager of the club.
This weekend, I was trying to decide what I should write for my column this week, and since we’re not yet knee-deep in spring break news, I thought now would be an appropriate time to recommend some people you should be keeping track of on social media, but particularly Twitter, when it comes to the latest Cubs news and notes.
A significant part of my day job is spent on social media, especially Twitter, so I follow a healthy lineup of Cubs reporters (not all of which are listed below) to make sure I’m a well-informed Cubs fan.
Want to be a well-informed Cubs fan yourself?
Here are five Cubs reporters you should follow if you aren’t already:
1. Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs)—ESPN
Jesse is by far my favorite Cubs reporter to follow because he seems to have the most personality of the bunch, and he’s the most likely to interact with fans. The others are great, but Jesse is the best at Twitter.
He always seems to have a scoop on the best conversations and regularly streams live video from batting practice or interviews on Periscope.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) February 20, 2017
He’s a lot of fun and always does a great job of interacting with fans during games and throughout the season, even when fans can be trolls at times.
Also, if you like listening to the radio, he regularly joins some of the shows on ESPN 1000.
2. Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat)—MLB/Cubs.com
Carrie is my second favorite Cubs reporter to follow on Twitter. The only thing Jesse has going for himself over Carrie is that he is a bit more interactive.
Carrie gets great shots (as seen below) and is up close with the players just like Jesse does, but she doesn’t interact with the fans or stream stuff on Periscope like Jesse does.
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 20, 2017
I really enjoy following Carrie. Be sure to follow her if you aren’t already.
3. Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney)—CSN Chicago
I have followed Jesse and Carrie for a number of years, I think, but I just started following these last three guys in the past couple of years.
Patrick is at Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) February 18, 2017
I still don’t really understand why a television and internet service provider needs to have its own sports media outlets, but Patrick’s coverage of the Cubs is great.
You probably recognize Patrick from TV, as Len and Jim have him on the telecast when it’s on Comcast SportsNet.
4. Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales)—Chicago Tribune
Mark writes for the Tribune and cranks out content like just about no one I’ve ever seen.
I was reading up on some early spring training news last week through the Feedly app on my phone and I used up my free monthly Tribune articles in about 30 minutes reading all of Mark’s most recent stuff.
Rizzo meets nuns during BP: pic.twitter.com/iL2VYnf9dc
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 20, 2017
He’s great, but after your free articles for the month, his writing is behind the paywall at the Tribune. I’m not against newspaper paywalls, but I’m not a Chicagoan, so I’m not going to subscribe just for Mark (sorry man).
5. Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub)—Chicago Sun-Times
I enjoy following Gordon on Twitter for the same reasons I enjoy following Mark: his stuff is great and there is a lot of it.
Rondon, Strop put injuries, reduced playoff roles behind them, prepare for big roles in repeat effort https://t.co/5gM1eqJ5su
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) February 19, 2017
He does a lot of retweeting of news from around the league, which isn’t the case with some of these other folks. That is either a positive or a negative depending on your preference. I’d prefer my Cubs reporters to only report on Cubs stuff so I can get my other baseball reporting elsewhere, but that’s just my preference.
I hope this has been helpful for you. I follow plenty of other Cubs (and general baseball) reporters on Twitter, so if you’d like more recommendations, let me know.
Who do you follow to keep up with the Cubs, and on what platforms? Comment with any other people you would suggesting following on social media with Cubs news.
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