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Wladimir Balentien gets in trouble for in-game tweeting

May 30, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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Former Mariner and Red Wladimir Balentien has 12 homers in only 45 games for the Yakult Swallows. But after a fast start that gave him those power numbers, he has slumped, going homerless in 50 straight at bats and seeing his average drop over a 100 points.

So he tweeted about it, the other night. He just picked a bad time to do it:

Former major league baseballer Wladimir Balentien has been warned by his Japanese team the Yakult Swallows for updating his twitter account during a 10-0 loss.

Balentien, who has been in the midst of a prolonged slump, tweeted “I will never give up” just before the end of Monday’s 10-0 loss to the Seibu Lions. He was sent to Yakult’s minor league team on Tuesday.

It’s unclear if the demotion was due to the tweeting or the slumping. But either way, not the kind of thing that flies in the NPB I imagine.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Well, at least he’ll never give up.

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