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Toronto Blue Jays reach 2 million Twitter followers

By Christopher Doyle
Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) have become one of Canada’s most popular Twitter accounts in recent years, buoyed by big moments on the field plus top content and personalities on the platform. Now, they’ve added a new honour to their Twitter trophy case, becoming the first professional sports team in Canada to reach 2 million followers.

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The @BlueJays joined Twitter in May 2009 and have steadily been growing their following in the years since. The crossed 500,000 followers in November 2014 and 1 million in early October 2015, days before they battled the Texas Rangers (@Rangers) in the American League Division Series (#ALDS).

The @BlueJays join the New York Yankees (@Yankees) as the only teams in Major League Baseball (@MLB) with more than 2 million followers. They are also one of only four Canadian professional sports teams with more than 1 million followers.

Here is a list of the top five:

  1. Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays)
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs)
  3. Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL)
  4. Toronto Raptors (@Raptors)
  5. Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks)
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Above is the @BlueJays first ever Tweet  from May 2009 and below, a list of the five most followed all-time @BlueJays players, pulled from their all-time roster:

  1. David Price (@DAVIDprice24)
  2. Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19)
  3. Josh Donaldson (@BringerOfRain20)
  4. Omar Vizquel (@VizquelOmar13)
  5. Marcus Stroman (@mstrooo6)
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The @BlueJays game with the highest volume of Twitter mentions was their October 14, 2015 #ALDS victory over the @Rangers, highlighted by @JoeyBays19 and his now-famous #BatFlip home run.

Follow @BlueJays and keep tabs on both #BlueJays and the team’s 2017 hashtag #LetsRise for the latest content, action and reactions this season on Twitter.

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Christopher Doyle

‎@chrisdoyle‎

Head of Sports, Twitter Canada

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