Bautista, Subban top most-mentioned Twitter lists

Jose Bautista (Chris Young/CP)

If you’ve spent any time on Twitter then you’ve more than likely seen a few tweets from Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who is among the most active athletes on social media.

That commitment to Twitter has paid off this year as, according to Twitter data, Bautista was the most mentioned Major League Baseball player on Twitter in 2014.

The 34-year-old beat out the likes of David Ortiz and Mike Trout, who finished second and third, respectively.

Looking at other sports, Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban was the most mentioned NHL player in 2014, while Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman topped the lists for NBA and NFL.

Perhaps most interesting are the inclusions of Justin Williams (Los Angeles Kings), Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos) and Tom Brady (New England Patriots) on the lists — all of which don’t even have a Twitter account.

Here’s a look at the top five of the four major North American sports leagues:

Mentions rank Player Twitter Followers Twitter Handle
1 Jose Bautista 604K @JoeyBats19
2 David Ortiz 750K @davidortiz
3 Mike Trout 575K @Trouty20
4 Miguel Cabrera 521K @MiguelCabrera
5 David Price 267K @DAVIDprice14
Mentions Rank Player Twitter Followers Twitter Handle
1 P.K. Subban 508K @PKSubban1
2 T.J. Oshie 298K @OSH74
3 Patrick Kane 580K @88PKane
4 Henrik Lundqvist 418K @HLundqvist30
5 Justin Williams N/A N/A
Mentions rank Player Twitter Followers Twitter Handle
1 LeBron James 16.8M @KingJames
2 Kevin Durant 8.73M @KDTrey5
3 Kobe Bryant 5.91M @kobebryant
4 Paul George 970K @Yg_Trece
5 Kevin Love 1.32M @kevinlove
Mentions rank Player Twitter Followers Twitter Handle
1 Richard Sherman 1.12M @RSherman_25
2 Ray Rice 561K @RayRice27
3 Johnny Manziel 1.26M @JManziel2
4 Peyton Manning N/A N/A
5 Tom Brady N/A N/A

In addition to the most mentioned athletes, Twitter also released the most tweeted about moments in Canada, with six of the top 10 being sports related.

Most Tweeted About Moments in Canada
Rank Date Moment
1 Oct. 22 Ottawa shooting on Parliament Hill
2 Feb. 23 Canadian men’s hockey team beats Sweden 3-0 winning the Olympic gold medal
3 Jun. 5 Manhunt for Moncton shooting of RCMP officers
4 Jul. 13 Germany beats Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup
5 Feb. 20 Canadian women’s hockey team beats USA 3-2 winning the Olympic gold medal
6 Feb. 21 Canadian men’s hockey team beats USA 1-0 winning Olympic hockey semi-final game
7 Jun. 12 Brazil beats Croatia 3-1 to win opening match of World Cup 2014
8 Jul. 8 Germany beats Brazil 7-1 to win World Cup semi-final match
9 Oct. 27 Voting day for Toronto Municipal Election 2014
10 Jul. 1 Canadians celebrate Canada Day 2014

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