Pablo Sandoval

Thanks to @KFP48, we are reminded why MLB players' tweets are so boring

Rob Bradford
June 19, 2015 - 6:50 am
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When Pablo Sandoval liked "Diva Legacy" on Instagram in the seventh inning of the Red Sox' loss to the Braves Wednesday night -- leading Barstool Sports Red Sox writer Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) to surface the transgression -- it set all kind of things in motion. By the time the first pitch was thrown Thursday night we had an apology from Pablo Sandoval to his general manager, manager and teammates. We had a benching. We were left scratching our heads as to why a baseball player couldn't wait until after playing in a baseball game to make it clear he approved of a young woman's appearance. And we were reminded of Major League Baseball's social media policy, which had been released in 2012. Wondering how MLB defines social media? Well, here it is: Social Media -- Any form of online or interactive media, including, but not limited to profiles, commentary, writings, photographs, images, logos, and audio or video files posted on outlets including but not limited to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, blogs, podcasts, message boards and websites. First of all, MySpace must be flattered that it has been included in MLB's identification of what is social media, and Instagram isn't. Then we have the guidelines of what can, and can't be posted: Prohibited Conduct: In addition to the prohibition on the use of electronic equipment during the period beginning thirty minutes prior to a game and ending upon the conclusion of a game that is contained in Baseball Operations Bulletin A-2, Players may not engage in the following conduct with respect to the use of Social Media: 1. Displaying or transmitting Content via Social Media that reasonably could be construed as an official public communication of any MLB Entity without obtaining proper authorization. 2. Using an MLB Entity's logo, mark, or written, photographic, video or audio property without obtaining proper authorization. 3. Linking to the website of any MLB Entity on any Social Media outlet without obtaining proper authorization. 4. Displaying or transmitting Content that contains confidential or proprietary information of any MLB Entity or its employees or agents, including, for example, financial information, medical information, strategic information, etc. 5. Displaying or transmitting Content that reasonably could be construed as condoning the use of any substance prohibited by Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. 6. Displaying or transmitting Content that questions the impartiality of or otherwise denigrates a Major League umpire. 7. Displaying or transmitting Content that is derogatory or insensitive to individuals based on race, color, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or religion, including, but not limited to, slurs, jokes, stereotypes or other inappropriate remarks. 8. Displaying or transmitting Content that constitutes harassment of an individual or group of individuals, or threatens or advocates the use of violence against an individual or group of individuals. 9. Displaying or transmitting Content that contains obscene or sexually explicit language, images, or acts. 10. Displaying or transmitting Content that violates applicable local, state or federal law or regulations. What this does is offer a reminder of why Major League Baseball players aren't the liveliest when it comes to social media. Well-meaning? Absolutely. But very, very careful, indeed. Here is another reminder: the most recent Tweets from pretty much everybody on the Red Sox 25-man roster