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Red Sox player Pablo Sandoval benched for... using Instagram

Come on Panda!
By: Michael Hatamoto | Social Networking News | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 9:53 pm

Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was recently punished by the team after he was caught browsing social media network Instagram during a game. During the seventh inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves, Sandoval claims he was in the locker room using the restroom - when he "liked" two images on Instagram.




Both the MLB and Red Sox have a rule requiring all mobile devices be turned off at least 30 minutes prior to first pitch. Instead of fining him, the Red Sox decided to bench "Panda" for one game.


Here is what Sandoval said regarding the incident, per the Boston Globe: "I know I [messed] up. I made a mistake yesterday so I learned from that. I'm a human being; I make mistakes. I apologized to my teammates and the organization."


Statement from Red Sox manager John Farrell: "It's disappointing. It's disappointing because it's a rule that is known by all. It's very disappointing. It's not tolerable and as a result he's on the bench. Obviously it's a violation of MLB rules. It's a violation of our own team policies. We handled it accordingly... I don't know of any further discipline at this point in time."


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