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Players Warned Morrison About Twitter Comments Before Marlins' Demotion
Published August 16, 2011
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU TWEET: MLB Network's Dan Plesac said, "This is another lesson on how dangerous the social media can be." Plesac: "You come into an organization, and we all want to be liked and we all want to be popular. But I think that he took this to another level. The bottom line is this: Your performance on the field is going to dictate what comes your way off the field or how popular that you are. I think this is a very valuable lesson and I would assume that it is going to resonate throughout that entire Marlins’ organization" ("MLB Tonight Live," MLB Network, 8/15). ESPN's Jim Rome said Morrison's Twitter feed “may not be the only reason, but I’m guessing if he weren’t on Twitter he would still be up with the Marlins." Rome: "They didn’t send him down there to work on his game. They sent him down there to work on his attitude. They’re looking to send him a message, message being, ‘Keep your mouth shut. When we want your opinion we’ll ask for it, and focus on baseball’” (“Jim Rome Is Burning,” ESPN, 8/15). But ESPN’s Michael Wilbon said the demotion was “punitive.” Wilbon: “I don’t see how this can stand given the players’ union and how they flex in baseball” (“PTI,” ESPN, 8/15).