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Twitter Recaps 10 Years of Toronto Sports Teams on the Social Network

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Twitter today has published a recap of the past 10 years of Toronto sports on the social network, as 2019 is the 10-year anniversary of the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs and Raptors joining Twitter.

The Toronto Blue Jays were the first team to join Twitter, back on May 20, 2009, with the Maple Leafs joining later that year in July and the Raptors in September.

Twitter says the Blue Jays were the second Canadian sports team to reach 1 million followers (Oct. 2015) and the second MLB team to reach the 2 million mark (June 2017). Former Blue Jay, Jose Bautista, and his iconic #BatFlip from October 14, 2015, was the team’s single-most mentioned moment.

The most followed Blue Jays alumni are:

  • David Price
  • Jose Bautista
  • Josh Donaldson

The most mentioned hashtags in the past decade:

  • #ComeTogether
  • #OurMoment
  • #BlueJays

The Toronto Maple Leafs were the first Canadian sports team to hit 1 million followers and are currently only second to the Pittsburgh Penguins in followers when it comes to NHL teams.

The most followed Maple Leafs players, both past and present are below:

  • Phil Kessel
  • Joffrey Lupul
  • Nazem Kadri




As for the most mentioned hashtags alongside together with Auston Matthew, Name Kadri and Mitch Marner:

  • #TMLtalk
  • #Leafs
  • #LeafsForever

The Raptors hit 1 million followers in March 2016 and their follower count has increased 80% since then, says Twitter.

The single most mentioned moment for the Raptors was Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7 buzzer-beater versus the Philadelphia 76ers.

The most followed Raptors, both past and present are:

  • Chris Bosh
  • Jeremy Lin
  • Jalen Rose

Twitter says Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas are the players most-mentioned alongside the hashtags #WeTheNorth, #RTZ and #NBAVote.

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