The team is poised and primed for 2017 with returning favourites and some new faces. Here is a snapshot of the #BlueJays on Twitter and how they match up as the 2017 Major League Baseball season gets underway.
The #BlueJays enter the 2017 season as baseball’s second most followed team on Twitter, trailing only divisional rivals the New York Yankees (@Yankees). The #BlueJays gained 320,000+ new followers during the 2016 regular season and 250,000+ more during this past offseason.
Look for the #BlueJays to become the first Canadian professional sports team to cross 2,000,000 followers early in the 2017 regular season.
Here are the Top 5 most followed teams in Major League Baseball:
Here are the Top 5 most followed professional sports teams in Canada:
#LetRise will be the #BlueJays official hashtag in 2017. In 2015, the team used #ComeTogether and in 2016, #OurMoment. These hashtags were mentioned 1,200,000+ times each during the past two seasons as fans, media and players joined the Twitter conversation and celebrated top plays and memories. Look for #LetRise to trend regularly during the 2017 season.
The #BlueJays have a number of new faces joining the team for 2017 including DH Kendrys Morales, OF/1B Steve Pearce (@WayneTwentyOcho) and relief pitchers J.P. Howell (@100jphowell) and Joe Smith (@JSThree8).
Morales was the team’s most mentioned newcomer during 2107 Spring Training while Josh Donaldson was the mentioned Blue Jay during Spring Training overall.
Here are the Top 5 most followed players on the 2017 #BlueJays roster heading into the 2017 season:
Bautista is also one of a handful of MLB superstars who have 1,000,000+ followers, having crossed that milestone in April 2016.
Here is a summary of all active MLB players with 1,000,000+ Twitter followers heading into the 2017 season:
Keep tabs on Twitter for the best @BlueJays video highlights, game data and fan reactions during the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season.