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Which Pacific Coast League team is tops in the Twitterverse?

Fans on the outfield berm at Raley Field look on during an exhibition game between the San Francisco Giants and the River Cats on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in West Sacramento. The River Cats are among the top five Pacific Coast League teams in Twitter followers.
Fans on the outfield berm at Raley Field look on during an exhibition game between the San Francisco Giants and the River Cats on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in West Sacramento. The River Cats are among the top five Pacific Coast League teams in Twitter followers. aseng@sacbee.com

The Pacific Coast League’s regular season ends Monday, Sept. 5.

The River Cats will close out their season with a home game against the Fresno Grizzlies. Neither team is headed to the playoffs, but if the River Cats are looking for bragging rights, they can point toward their Twitter following (see chart below).

Though the River Cats joined the social media platform nearly seven months after their in-state rival, they were only separated by 300 followers as of Tuesday evening, with Fresno leading 38,843-38,543.

El Paso, home of the Chihuahuas, appear headed to the postseason, but they are the PCL’s leader in most followers with 53,515. Their nearest pursuers, the Iowa Cubs, have 48,772.

The Chihuahuas joined Twitter in June of 2013, a year before their first season in the Texas city (the franchise moved there from Tucson). They’ve added more than 17,000 followers per season, which is more than the total for three other teams (that joined in 2009, though the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, who joined in 2012, have the league’s fewest followers with just 7,972.

It’s not surprisng the team with the feisty mascot leads PCL teams in the Twitterverse. They led all of minor league baseball in merchandise sales in 2014, according to an milb.com graphic.

All of the teams, as most businesses do, use Twitter to publicize and inform their customers and fans.

Check out the feed of most of these teams and you’ll be treated to videos from games and clubhouses, scores, stats and what to expect in the way of promotional games.

Teams

Twitter handle

Followers

Date joined

National North

Iowa

@IowaCubs

48,772

March 10, 2009

Omaha

@OMAStormChasers

38,032

July 2, 2009

Oklahoma City

@okc_dodgers

19,630

March 16, 2009

Colorado Springs

@skysox

7,972

Jan. 31, 2012

National South

Memphis

@memphisredbirds

42,981

March 5, 2009

Round Rock

@RRExpress

27,942

April 10, 2009

Nashville

@nashvillesounds

23,981

April 14, 2009

New Orleans

@zephyrsbaseball

9,544

May 25, 2009

American North

Fresno

@FresnoGrizzlies

38,843

Sept. 24, 2008

River Cats

@RiverCats

38,543

April 19, 2009

Reno

@Aces

27,467

Oct. 21, 2008

Tacoma

@RainiersLand

26,218

June 4, 2009

American South

El Paso

@epchihuahuas

53,515

June 20, 2013

Albuquerque

@ABQTopes

26,418

April 8, 2009

Las Vegas

@LasVegas51s

18,683

April 30, 2009

Salt Lake

@SaltLakeBees

13,350

April 3, 2009

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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