JUPITER, Fla. - Major League Baseball is getting into the social media game. On Tuesday, the MLB released its policy regarding Tweets, Facebook posts and more.
Baseball players have been able to say what they want and when they want on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter in the past, but now, the league is prohibiting players from posting to social media 30 minutes before a game, during a game, or until ten minutes after a game ends, said Matthew Roebuck, Director of Media Relations for Miami Marlins.
Long before the social media rules were even a thought, fiery Marlins' manager, Ozzie Guillen, had fully embraced Twitter. Guillen keeps his 200 thousand plus followers entertained on his @OzzieGuillen Twitter account with a mix of Spanish and English tweets -- but he also knows that a dugout tweet can do some damage.
Guillen's tweets immediately following his ejection from a 2011 game as manager of the White Sox earned the coach a two-day suspension and a $50 thousand fine. The now Marlins' manager says he learned his lesson and uses his experience to remind his ballplayers to think, before they tweet.
Marlins left-fielder, Logan Morrison has one of the most active Twitter feeds in the MLB. His @LoMoMarlins account has nearly 100,000 followers, however, the athlete has had some rumored run-ins with the front office due to past Tweets. Now, Morrison says he watches what he posts. "It's censored a bit, but not too much to give fans a sense of who I am," said Morrison.
The cartoon avatar on his Twitter profile shows that Morrison is a guy who doesn't take things too seriously.
In January, the ballplayer started a new version of 'Tebowing' that he calls, 'Lomo-ing'. Lomo-ing is when a person gets down on his or her side and points into the camera. Twitter followers with the most creative Lomo pose were given tickets to a game and signed shirts.
In addition to the perks fans get for following these players on Twitter, it's also a great way to get a glimpse into the life of a star athlete that you wouldn't be able to get from watching the games on tv or in the stands.
"I think the more they can get to know you, the more kids the more people realize you're just another human being," said Morrison.
Although players will not be allowed to tweet during the games, Marlins' fans will have access to free WiFi at the new Marlins' ballpark in downtown Miami.