If you’re going to be socially active, please consider using protection. That’s Major League Baseball’s message to players, managers and other personnel who use social media.

As part of last November’s collective bargaining agreement, MLB put a policy in effect for the 2012 season to address the use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Every MLB team received a memo this week encouraging players, managers, coaches and team personnel to connect with fans through social media saying:

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What was your first job as a journalist?

I was a staff intern at the Glens Falls Post-Star and had the opportunity to write stories.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes.

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Just as he did an hour earlier, New York Mets pitcher Dave Mlicki walked from the team’s dugout to the pitchers mound at Yankee Stadium. It was the same understated stroll he made to and from the dugout during the game only now the Stadium was quiet, empty and dark. It was eerily cool for a mid-June night. The heat — along with the cheering, jeering and chanting — left in the shadow of 56,188 New Yorkers.

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