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Cardinals help Carlos Martinez remove porn links from his Twitter account

David Brown
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Think of the micro-blogging site Twitter as being like an open microphone, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has told his players. Anything you say, do or link to using Twitter has the chance to be seen by hundreds, thousands, even millions of people.

So don't put up any giant walls of pornography, OK, guys?

Well, not everyone on the team got the message. Pitcher Carlos Martinez used his "favorites" button to link to dozens of pornographic images that could be seen by anybody visiting his Twitter page. While sustaining embarrassment and disappointment, the team "worked with" Martinez to remove the links Monday and Tuesday. Matheny also, for the third time this spring, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, reminded his players to be more responsible on the internet:

“We’re embarrassed, and he’s embarrassed,” Matheny said. “I’m not trying to shove my morality down anybody’s throat. I’ve made that very clear. But I also need to be concerned about it. … Realize — is this something you’d want your kids to see? Is this something that you want to be known for? Is this how you want to be remembered?

“We are, like it or not, role models,” Matheny continued. “Regardless of your moral compass and where it points, those sorts of things that we’re talking about are not things we want our kids seeing.”

The Cardinals had a previously scheduled meeting with prospects attending the early camp to discuss social media and using sites like Twitter and Facebook. Martinez provided an unexpected example.

To see exactly what it was that Martinez posted, go to Deadspin and search. They have it archived. There, sprinkled among links to baseball, his family and media reports on Martinez the pitcher are some (NOT SAFE FOR WORK) dirty pictures. There's also an Albert Pujols pun or two in the comments.

It's the kind of stuff lots of 22-year-old men might have on their computer — just not out in the open for anyone else to see.

Martinez isn't in trouble, per se, with the team.

“It’s tricky,” Mozeliak said. “This was not something that was negative to the club in the sense of (being) mean-spirited. It was just a poor choice of sites visited."

Chalk it up to being a learning experience.

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