MLB’s Jeff Bassan came out of the Twitter algorithm to make a major announcement involving the Houston Astros and Rafael Montero, to the dismay of fans.
Sports journalists are doing their best to weather the collapse of Twitter, an information-sharing platform that has empowered journalists, activists, and thought leaders for more than a decade.
During the platform’s general demise, several journalists reminded followers that they can be found on websites and other social media platforms. For an MLB insider who posts the news frequently, it has been a challenge to Jeff Passan, who appears to have taken to Instagram to share the latest news on Rafael Montero’s future.
“I think it’s time to start breaking some news on Instagram as well. So follow me here for the latest deals and free agent signatures,” Bassan wrote in his Instagram post.
Next, Bassan reveals that the Houston Astros and Rafael Monteiro “agreed to a three-year, $34.5 million contract,” according to ESPN sources.
As annoying as it was for Twitter users to feel the bait for following Passan on Instagram, there’s a good reason for that, at least from a Passan perspective. If Twitter collapses in the near future, everyone will at least know where to keep an eye on the latest MLB news.
MLB Twitter has flamed Jeff Passan for trying to bring followers to his Instagram
MLB Twitter has enjoyed choosing Passan to try switching to Instagram while Twitter is still available.
MLB journalists like Jon Heyman and Mark Berman credited Passan with the scoop, tweeting the details themselves — because that’s exactly what many Twitter users sought instead of clicking on the Passan link on Instagram.
Aside from the Passan news, it’s a great development for Montero, the diminutive who brought his best in by director Astros Dusty Baker.
Bassan may have split the clicks on his scoop, but it could be a positive development for his news career as the Twitter landscape changes for journalists everywhere.
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