Pittsburgh Pirates Twitter Accounts to Follow 2015

Twitter has become a really unique tool, especially in the world of sports — it connects fans to their favorite players and delivers breaking news and information faster than ever before. With the new baseball season upon us, here’s a list of good follows relating to the Pirates. You can follow us at @ForbesToFederal. We’ll surely miss some worthy accounts, so feel free to make suggestions. Go Bucs.



AJ Burnett

Andrew Lambo

Andrew McCutchen

Brandon Cumpton

Casey Sadler

Francisco Cervelli

Gregory Polanco

Jaff Decker

Jameson Taillon

Jared Hughes

Jeff Locke

John Holdzkom

Jordy Mercer

Josh Harrison

Mark Melancon

Neil Walker

Nick Kingham

Sean Rodriguez

Starling Marte

Tony Sanchez

Tyler Glasnow

Vance Worley


Bill Brink (Post-Gazette)

Chris Mueller (93.7 The Fan)

Colin Dunlap (93.7 The Fan)

David Todd (970 ESPN/Bucs Dugout)

Dejan Kovacevic (DK on Pittsburgh Sports)

Greg Brown (TV/Radio)

Rob Biertempfel (Trib)

Stephen Nesbitt (Post-Gazette)

Tim Neverett (TV/Radio)

Tom Singer (Pirates.com)

Travis Sawchik (Trib)


Bucco Nation: Jason Shetler

Bucs Dugout / Charlie Wilmoth / David Manel

Clemente’s Wall

Hidden Vigorish

North Side Notch

Pirates Prospects / Tim Williams / John Dreker

Raise the Jolly Roger

Rum Bunter

This is Getting Old: @laclips / @shamtown

Three Rivers Burgh Blog



Altoona Curve (Double-A Affiliate)

Baseball Ops: Dan Fox / Mike Fitzgerald / Stuart Wallace / Ty Brooks

Bradenton Marauders (High-A Affiliate)

Center Field Smoke (Apparel)

@cocktailsfor2 (Rum Bunter Podcast)

Ed Giles @InClementeWthr

Indianapolis Indians (AAA Affiliate)

Joe Klimchak (PNC Park In-Game Host)

ROOT Sports Pittsburgh

Scott Bonnett (Equipment Manager)

The 10 Types of Pirates Tweeters

Pirates Twitter

Many things are on the rise in 2013; among them: Twitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates. There are now over 500 million registered Twitter users, including thousands of avid Bucco fans.

Over the course of a six-month season, you’ll find some interesting people on the social network site. While they all ultimately share the same passion for the ballclub, some express their opinions in different ways.

Here are ten types of Pirates tweeters you may come across…

The Collapse Guy

Nearly everyone has a “collapse guy” on their timeline. If not, they may see him on their TL after @BestFansPirates retweets him. He presses the “Tweet” button often during losing streaks. He claims to be a huge fan, yet has limited faith in his favorite team.

Example Tweet:

Pirates Tweeter Collapse Guy

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The Guy who makes fun of Collapse Guys

Since the Pirates have done a good job of shrugging off losing and avoiding a collapse, these guys have been around much more often. They’re quick to point out the team’s success, typically sending a subtweet to Collapse Guy and adding a hint of sarcasm.

Example Tweet:

Pirates Tweeter Anti Collapse Guy

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The Optimist

Even in tough times, The Optimist will try to cheer up his Twitter followers. This guy loves the Bucs through thick and thin, somehow keeping his cool through all of it.

Example Tweet:

Pirates Tweeter The Optimist

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The Guy who attacks The Optimist

If there’s an overly optimistic tweet on your timeline, a pessimist may come in and speak his mind.

Example Tweet:

Pirates Tweeter Anti Optimist

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The Know-It-All

Like the guy who attacks collapse guys, The Know-It-All is not afraid to send out a subtweet or two. He is apparently better than any other Pirate fan because his opinion is superior.

Example Tweet:

Pirates Tweeter Know It All

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The Yinzer

Similar to Collapse Guy, The Yinzer hates losing streaks. He’ll somehow find a way to compare the Steelers’ 16-game season to the Pirates’ 162-game schedule, as if that’s a logical line of thinking.

Example Tweet:

Pirates Tweeter Angry Yinzer

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The Ownership Hater

The Ownership Hater will despise Bob Nutting forever and always. According to this guy, anything that financially happens within the organization, for better or for worse, is always Nutting’s fault.

Example Tweet:

Pirates Tweeter Ownership Hater

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The Twitter GM

This guy likes to think he has a handle on the organization and isn’t afraid to tweet his mind’s pending roster moves.

Example Tweet:

Pirates Tweeter Twitter GM

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The Bandwagon Fan

If you win, they will come… or something like that. The Pirates’ success has brought droves of Pittsburghers to PNC Park this summer, and it’s not uncommon to see a new fan on your timeline.

Example Tweet:

Pirates Tweeter Bandwagon FAn

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The Nitpicker

Even when the Bucs win or do something well, this guy will find something to complain about.

Example Tweet:

Pirates Tweeter Nitpicker

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Note: there is some overlap here. Sometimes The Yinzer will also be The Collapse Guy; The Know-It-All can also be an Optimist; etc. Just be aware of what you’re getting in to on the Twitter machine.

Pitchers and Catchers Report: A Collection of Links, Pictures & More

The Bucs are back; players are reporting to Pirate City and the first official workout of the spring is tomorrow. There’s finally a consistent stream of Bucco news available; here are a bunch of highlights, in no particular order…

– Tom Singer writes that the time to dream is right now.

– Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reflects on the Bucs’ optimism for the upcoming season.

– Raise the Jolly Roger takes a look at what to watch for this spring.

– Francisco Liriano apparently suffered his right arm injury while trying to scare his children on Christmas.

– Rumbunter notes that Christmas must be pretty wild at Liriano’s house.

– Here’s a look at Liriano throwing, via Timothy R. Wofrum of the Bradenton Herald:

Liriano arm

You can see the device holding his right arm in place. He obviously cannot catch, thus needing the assistant to flip the ball to him. It’s good to see him throwing, however, and apparently he’ll be back to normal in four weeks.

– Final piece of info on Liriano – here’s why he chose the Pirates, via Bill Brink:

[quote_center]”They knew me and I knew most of the hitters. I was ready for something new.”[/quote_center]

– Also on the injury front, Tom Singer reports that Charlie Morton is ahead of schedule and is hoping to throw live batting practice before the end of spring training.

– Some pictures from the Pirates’ Twitter account

Russell Martin meeting with the media this afternoon:

Martin media

Jared Hughes getting filmed and photographed for the PNC Park scoreboard:

Hughes scoreboard

Southpaws Wandy Rodriguez and Jonathan Sanchez chatting it up:

Sanchez and Wandy

– Rapper Chuck D sported a Bucco hat at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night:

Rapper Chuck D sported a Pirates hat at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Only seven more weeks until Opening Day.

Go Bucs

McCutchen Wins MLB 13 The Show Cover Vote

It’s official: Andrew McCutchen will be on the cover of MLB 13 The Show.

Cutch comes out on top after a long week of voting on Twitter and Facebook. He beat out AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, NL MVP Buster Posey, Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper, CC Sabathia, and Ryan Braun.

It’s quite impressive to see the Pirates fanbase outvote the fans of much larger markets, such as New York and Los Angeles. It’s truly amazing to see this town get behind its players; even the Penguins and Steelers helped out:

Tons of athletes and celebrities helped Cutch out, including Adrian Peterson, Dick Vitale, John Calipari, and Mark Cuban. Brian from Raise the Jolly Roger wrote about this on Wednesday.

To collect votes and reward fans for their dedication, McCutchen gave away numerous items, ranging from an autographed jersey (with a blood stain) to a PlayStation 3.

It will be very cool to see the Bucs’ young superstar gracing the cover of this year’s game. Note that MLB 13 The Show is compatible with PS3, wheras MLB 2K13 is for Xbox 360. Therefore, Xbox gamers will not see Cutch on their cover. Regardless, it’s good for the Pirates to get some publicity.

Congrats to Cutch. Go Bucs.

Grilli to re-sign with Pirates

Plenty of rumors started flying around last Wednesday morning when these tweets surfaced:

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Pirates.com beat writer Tom Singer made a lot of people think that “headed here” meant signing with Pittsburgh. However, Grilli had yet to make a decision, but his market was certainly heating up. Around ten teams were said to be chasing the veteran reliever.

More shenanigans ensued on Thursday, as Grilli was rumored to have his list down to four teams (Pirates, Cubs, Giants, Blue Jays) and that he’d be choosing by 10:00 am. But that deadline passed and all was quiet until there were rumblings that he’d be returning to the ‘Burgh. Grilli then denied those claims, saying “I have not made a decision. I don’t know where all these reports are coming from, bit it’s not helping me one bit.”

However, news broke shortly before 4:00 pm on Monday afternoon that he’ll be returning to Pittsburgh in 2013.

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that Grilli turned down extra cash:

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Grilli, who turned 36 last month, posted a 2.91 ERA last season in 64 appearances. He was impressive in the setup role throughout the year, until he stumbled a bit down the stretch. He had a 7.27 ERA and opponents hit .324 against him in his last 10 games. To his defense, the entire team had an abysmal last month of the season, so he’s certainly not the scapegoat.

The deal is for two years and worth $7 million. Many teams wanted to sign Grilli to become their new closer. Obviously, Joel Hanrahan is still on the roster and headed for arbitration. He’s due for a huge raise though; it doesn’t make much sense to keep two high-paid hurlers in the bullpen on a small market team like the Pirates, especially when they still have other needs to address. The Hammer, who’s already been the subject of trade talks this offseason, could be dealt sooner rather than later.

Some Jason Grilli highlights, courtesy of Drew Brown (@_DrewBrown on Twitter):

Go Bucs