Cardinals Pitcher Learns Lesson On Social Media
Young baseball players sometimes have to learn the ropes the hard way. That not only goes for play on the field but also when navigating social media web sites. Carlos Martinez is in his second season in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals and the twenty two year old right handed pitching prospect was dealt a rather embarrassing hand this week when his manager had to ask him to clean up the content on his Twitter account.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is "embarrassed" by what he found.
Martinez had been a little too honest with his "likes" of certain websites and images on his account and the account easily accessible by the public contained a lot of racy and pornographic material.
Just like a coach may teach a young pitcher how to improve his change-up or his pick off throw to first they can help with technology issues as well as he needed help to learn how to remove the content from his Twitter account.
Matheny spoke privately with Martinez about what he does on the social media site can be very concerning if viewed by a young fan.
"I'm not trying to shove my morality down anybody's throat," Matheny said.
"I've made that very clear. But I also need these guys to understand that it's not just me that they need to be concerned about. There are a bunch of young guys that absolutely admire these guys and everything that they do.
"Realize -- is this something you'd want your kids to see? Is this something that you want to be known for? Is this how you want to be remembered? I think the days of (retired NBA player) Charlie Barkley saying he's not supposed to be a role model -- that's garbage. If that's what you want to do then you should have been a computer programmer sitting in your flipflops at home somewhere."
Carlos Martinez is one of the most highly touted pitching prospects in baseball. He made his debut in the majors last May. Like any young pitcher he was hit around a bit but gained valuable experience while working as a relief pitcher out of the bullpen. The native of the Dominican Republic is attempting to win an opening day roster spot during spring training this year.
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