Post-porno flap, the Cardinals tell their players to use social media The Right Way

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Posting porno on a Twitter feed is something a low-class organization’s players will do. It’s not The Cardinal Way:

A day after Deadspin, a sports website that posts commentary on various sports issues and athletes, posted a list of pornographic images that showed up on the Twitter feed of Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez, manager Mike Matheny addressed players in a morning meeting about the need to be vigilant about their use of social media.

Oops. Here’s the Deadspin post.

If I was talking to athletes about social media I’d simply tell them: it’s a microphone. Assume every social media platform you use, be it Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, a blogging platform, MySpace, Friendster or some weird forum on the last outpost of Commodore64’s HomeLink network is the same thing as a microphone being held by a reporter from the local paper. Say nothing into it that you wouldn’t say to the reporter and you’ll never go wrong.

(Thanks to NatsLady for the heads up)

Report: Giants showed some interest in Phillies’ Maikel Franco at Winter Meetings

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Giants were “sniffing around” on Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco at the recently completed Winter Meetings.

Franco, 25, would be a nice buy-low candidate for the Giants, who don’t have a reliable third baseman yet. Currently, Pablo Sandoval would get the lion’s share of starts at the hot corner. Franco was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2014 and ’15 seasons, but hasn’t lived up to the hype over the last two seasons. In 2017, he hit .230/.281/.409 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 623 plate appearances.

Moving Franco wouldn’t necessarily solve any problems for the Phillies. After signing first baseman Carlos Santana, Rhys Hoskins is expected to play in the outfield full-time. As a result, the Phillies have too many outfielders with Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Technically, the Phillies could move Santana to third base as he has experience there, but he hasn’t played the hot corner since 2014.

Franco is arbitration eligible over the next four seasons, which might be the most attractive thing about him to other teams.