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Liz Mullen

Staff writer Liz Mullen covers labor, agents and horse racing.

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MLBPA Launching New Social Network App For Players That Hopes To Bypass Trolls

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 18 / 17

The MLBPA today launched Infield Chatter, a social network app for players which is a combination of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but has a human monitor to silence trolls. About 450 of the 750 players on MLB rosters have signed up to participate on the mobile app, and many minor leaguers have b...

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