Ausmus joins Twitterverse, makes account public

Ausmus joins Twitterverse, makes account public

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brad Ausmus made his initial Spring Training address to his team on Tuesday before the Tigers' first full-squad workout. Then he made his initial address to Twitter.

"Day one message to the team... every pitch, every swing, and every play matters," Ausmus tweeted.

It was the first -- and so far only -- tweet from Ausmus' official account. The second-year manager confirmed Wednesday morning that he has joined the Twitterverse.

"It's the 21st century," the manager said.

Actually, it's been the 21st century for a decade and a half. Similarly, Ausmus has had a Twitter account for a while. He kept it private and used it mainly to keep track of what his teenage kids were posting.

This offseason, Ausmus thought about going public online. After checking with the team's media relations department -- which has had to tend to Twitter situations with players in the past -- he made the move this week.

Asked how active he plans to be online, Ausmus said, "Probably not really active. Standard Twitter: I'll probably have a Twitter rant, maybe get in a Twitter feud with like Taylor Swift, break the Internet eventually, I'm sure."

In the process, Ausmus will probably get a better understanding of what his players go through on Twitter as well.

"Quite frankly, it doesn't matter what I think. It's here to stay," Ausmus said. "If I went into the clubhouse and asked how many guys have a Twitter account, I would say nearly 100 percent put their hands in the air. It's part of the world we live in."

One thing Ausmus doesn't plan on doing is reading mentions and replies. Sorry, armchair managers.

"Oh, I promise you I won't read anything that's [in there]," Ausmus said.

As some on Twitter noted, it might be one of his smarter moves.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.