#busted: Sandoval Violates Social Media Policy

Published on 21-Jun-2015 by Trent Jackson
MLB / MLB Daily Review

Hope his hands are clean.

When your team is nine games in the hole for a divisional pennant and has a 3-7 record over the past 10 games, your clubhouse can be a little less than exciting.

So much so, in fact, that when Boston Red Sox third-baseman Pablo Sandoval checked his phone during the seventh inning and liked a picture on Instagram, the iron hammer of John Farrel came down.

#ohsnap

Just couldn't wait two more innings, huh, Pablo?

#impatient

Sandoval was extremely remorseful for the event and made a formal apology to his teammates, coaches, fans, and organization. While it may seem a little silly to cause such a fuss over a simple heart on a pic on the IG, many teams have similar policies in place to keep the players' minds and eyes on the field.

#focus

If you're singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame while Boston and Atlanta are tied at 2 and you see @kfp48 likes your picture, and then the Sox lose, you can't help but wonder if there's a connection.

#thinkaboutit

Since the MLB doesn't have any specific rules surrounding players using social media -- and hi-tech is becoming ever more present -- no formal discipline should be expected from the Commish. The Red Sox, however, enforced their policy by benching Sandoval for the series finale against the Braves.

#justice

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