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White Sox infielder Mark Teahen tweets from the perspective of Espy, his female boxer. And in her canine eyes, Joey Porter is a good fit for the Arizona Cardinals and men should not wear tattoos on their lower back.
Any controversial posts?
"I don't even toe the line," Teahen said. "I don't mess around with anything like that, but I think if you have some common sense about what not to write, you should be all right."
For Cubs pitcher Randy Wells, maintaining a Facebook page became such a headache that he's ready to shut his down. He had about 2,000 friends and only knew about 300, he saw pictures on his site wind up on other blogs, and he simply got tired of people asking why he walked Albert Pujols.
"I don't need that," he said. "I know I walked Pujols. I don't need you to tell me."
For Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, all this was a little confusing. Last month, he asked a question that any twentysomething would find amusing: "What is Twitter?"
When told it was a site where users can opine in 140 characters or less, he responded: "Ozzie ... he needs more space than that."
Clubs also have their own rules for employees.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, for example, ban them from dispensing confidential information and from disparaging the organization, other franchises and the league along with any of their players, coaches or officials. Using Diamondbacks or D-backs in a username is forbidden, as is posting logos or photos without consent, and violations could ultimately result in an employee's firing.
"We all know the missteps that athletes have made; it really is something that you need to prepare for," Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten said.
Guillen, meanwhile, has been busily posting about his family, who had dinner with him, who cut his hair, a recent Blackhawks-Coyotes game he attended and whatever random thoughts pop into his head. Nothing about the inner workings of the team, though.
"That's my private life," he said. "As long as I respect this ballclub and respect my team, I respect the organization, I can do what I want."
Guillen said his relationship with his general manager is "fine."
"We've got a job to do," he said. "I think everything else has been blown out of proportion. I think that was something we wish did not happen, but in the meanwhile, me and Kenny have a job."
And he'll keep tweeting in his free time.
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