#Hot Corner

Pretty Much Just The Worst Use Of Twitter

From Jon Morosi:

Free agent LHP Horacio Ramirez will throw for scouts in Tempe, Ariz., tomorrow at 10:30 am, according to his agent.

Horacio Ramirez, 32, is likely a left-on-left reliever at this point in his career. Held lefties to a .711 OPS last year with #Angels.

Let's examine.

(1)
Horacio Ramirez is not an interesting, popular, or particularly talented player. Last year he was bad. He didn't pitch in the majors the year before. He has a 70 major league ERA+ since 2007. He is 32 years old. He is not a guy like Brandon Webb or Mark Prior, who had an excellent career derailed by injuries. He is a guy like Horacio Ramirez. The name 'Horacio Ramirez' does not capture one's attention.

(2)
This isn't even a rumor involving Horacio Ramirez. If Horacio Ramirez were connected to a team, I could see that team's fans being like, "okay, Horacio Ramirez, what might this mean?" Horacio Ramirez isn't connected to a team. He will be observed by an unknown number of scouts with unknown affiliations. This tweet basically says "Horacio Ramirez will throw a bullpen for somebody."

(3)
This reads to me like Morosi is showing that he's connected without thinking about how he's showing that he's connected. Maybe it wasn't intended that way, but that's how I read it. Nobody is impressed that Horacio Ramirez's agent might have Jon Morosi's email or phone number. We know that Jon Morosi is connected. That's why we follow Jon Morosi. Who the hell is Horacio Ramirez's agent?

(4)
The evidence presented that Horacio Ramirez is likely a left-on-left reliever is that last season he held lefties to a .711 OPS. Last season, lefties had a .727 OPS overall. They had a .656 OPS against left-handed pitchers. The Angels play in a pitcher-friendly park.

(5)
That .711 OPS is based on 23 plate appearances. Ramirez threw nine innings as an Angel.

Maybe this isn't the worst use of Twitter. Spamming or hate speech is probably the worst use of Twitter. But this is among the most pointless uses of Twitter. And so this is among the most pointless uses of our blogging space. Thanks for reading!

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