Twitter Punches Its Opening Day Ticket

The social network gears up for the 2018 MLB season

The most-mentioned MLB players, by position Twitter

The first pitches of the 2018 Major League Baseball season will be thrown Thursday, and Twitter is all set for Opening Day.

The social network and the league teamed up on hashtag-triggered emojis for all 30 clubs, which can be seen here:

Twitter also revealed its “starting lineup,” made up of the most-mentioned players, by position:

The most-mentioned MLB players who switched teams this offseason, along with their new teams, were:

  1. Stanton, New York Yankees
  2. Darvish, Chicago Cubs
  3. Andrew McCutchen, San Francisco Giants
  4. J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox
  5. Jake Arrieta, Philadelphia Phillies
  6. Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros
  7. Eric Hosmer, San Diego Padres
  8. Adrian Gonzalez, New York Mets
  9. Evan Longoria, Giants
  10. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

The players with the most Twitter followers entering the 2018 season are:

  1. Trout, 2.49 million
  2. Gonzalez, 2.06 million
  3. Darvish, 2 million
  4. Justin Verlander, 1.89 million
  5. David Price, 1.81 million

And the most-followed teams are:

  1. Yankees, 3.31 million
  2. Cubs, 2.47 million
  3. Toronto Blue Jays, 2.24 million
  4. Los Angeles Dodgers, 2.03 million
  5. Red Sox, 2 million David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.