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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Baseball's winter meetings, 140 characters at a time

By Ryan Korby

The proliferation of Twitter among sports beat writers across the United States is the direct reason I have spent 1000 percent more time this year following baseball’s winter meetings than last year. It’s amazing how each 140-character message after 140-character message can make a week of hotel conference room meetings nearly as suspenseful as the postseason and sometimes more interesting than a slate of regular season games in the middle of the summer (I’m looking at you, Tuesday, July 25th).   My automatic drip of baseball writer’s Twitter feeds, including Washington Post beat writer Adam Kilgore’s, is cultivating a hot stove obsession that’s probably unhealthy.

For example, tweets involving the Cliff Lee rollercoaster ride should come with a warning not to read them while taking other anti-depressants. Already riding high off the Jayson Werth signing, I heard that the Nationals were considered serious players for Lee, possibly offering him a seven-year contract. Here’s a summary of Jon Heyman from Sports Illustrated’s feed this past Tuesday:

8:24 AM: #nats remaining ultra aggressive going after starting pitching, i hear. this team isnt messing around.

10:08 AM: Source: #nats "very much'' in on cliff lee. Rumor is they may throw out 7 year offer.

Giddy up! But, then:

11:04 AM: RT @AdamKilgoreWP That buzz that #Nats are going seven years on Cliff Lee? "Not happening," a team source said.

11:49 AM: Source:#nats not in on lee. Looking at other pitching options.

Wait… What? Now imagine reading conflicting messages from about 10 other Twitter feeds. #Confused.

The point is that the instantaneous and changing nature of news feeds has altered the way I follow the “slow” part of the baseball season. It used to be that you’d spend five minutes at the end of the day reading a short summary of the deals that did and didn’t happen. Now you can see the deal form.  

By Ryan Korby  | December 9, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Nationals, Ryan Korby  | Tags:  Nationals, Ryan Korby  
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Comments

I consider myself a fan of baseball but you got me beat. I prefer the summaries at the end of the day interspersed with a few looks at MLB's Hot Stove blog.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | December 9, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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