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Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton’s Twitter feed will get him in some trouble if he’s not more careful

May 27, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

Astros’ prospect Jonathan Singleton’s Twitter account is raw and unvarnished. For now anyway. I feel like that’ll all change once management decides that one of their top prospects calling someone “gay” as a mild insult and telling fans that he’ll sign their fan mail if they send him weed is not the best thing for The Brand:

The improper use of “your” there is almost as egregious, but let’s let that slide for now.

The weed tweet has been deleted, it seems, but nothing disappears on the Internet:



Singleton is a kid and he probably doesn’t mean much by all that stuff. Guys his age often use “gay” as a putdown, even if they shouldn’t. And joking about autographs for weed, while not exactly hilarious, is also pretty harmless in the grand scheme of things. UPDATE: Maybe not as harmless in Singleton’s case, as I had forgotten that he has said he has a marijuana addiction and has already been suspended for it once.

But Singleton is one of the future faces of a young franchise looking to win over a fan base that has grown apathetic over the past several years. And, more immediately, he is subject to a social media policy which makes it pretty clear that anything even looking like pro-drug references or even skirting the lines of homophobia, etc. is grounds for discipline.

Other players have done this and either haven’t been disciplined or, at the very least, received quiet discipline about it. Singleton had best watch it lest he get a phone call from someone with the club or the league telling him to knock it off.

  1. nottinghamforest13 - May 27, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Anyone even considering the usage of Marijuana is evil and should be locked up. Puritan law shall prevail.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 27, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      SIngleton has said himself he has a problem with marijuana, he has been suspended for it once and he has said that he wants to beat it:

      • skeleteeth - May 27, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        Based on that article he has abused alcohol as well. Seems like your run of the mill self-medicator who has trouble with moderation and self-control.

      • baseballisboring - May 28, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        So that’s where the “Aha joke” part at the end becomes especially important, huh?

      • nottinghamforest13 - May 28, 2014 at 6:40 AM

        Who is stopping him?

  2. tfbuckfutter - May 27, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Using “gay” as an insult is so straight it’s bisexual.

    • yahmule - May 27, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      This is great.

  3. tbutler704 - May 27, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Too much Astros around here.

  4. prospero63 - May 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    This story is g… Ah, I got nothing… I hope the kid gets his head on straight, the Astros need his production, but they don’t need the distraction and bs.

  5. powershowcase - May 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Craig Calcaterra = some weird form of Perez Hilton and Peter Gammons. 2014 everyone. smh. Talking baseball isn’t enough anymore, now it’s paramount to scour 20 somethings social media pages looking for dirt. Enjoy Craig!

    • timmmah10 - May 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      It’s not Craig’s fault that social media removes the mask of players for them to stupidity reveal truths about themselves…

      I’m sure the twitter handle “The Illest” is getting him a lot of street cred when he’s making hundreds of thousands of dollars playing a game…

      This guy started biting the hand that feeds with the grass addiction. Hopefully he pulls it together before he blows his chance.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      Yeah, because paying attention to what ballplayers say and do off the field is such new thing for people to care about. Really, before I started blogging, no one ever even thought of that stuff.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        Did you know Mickey Mantle and Joe Dimaggio lead really private, quiet lives?

        No one ever knew anything about their lives outside of baseball because there was no internet.

      • Francisco (FC) - May 27, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Which is why you’ve cornered the market. Keep on Bloggin’!

  6. tigers182 - May 27, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I’m going to start tweeting the dude to see what he’ll say next. Stay tuned…

    • timmmah10 - May 27, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      I’m OK with trolling on Twitter. It’s basically an entire sight devoted to trolls.

  7. renaado - May 27, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    I’m pretty sure Singleton here is usin a different kind of persona when he’s on the net, guy’s too damn straightforward about this.

  8. gbart22 - May 27, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Craig Calcaterra = some weird form of Perez Hilton and Peter Gammons. 2014 everyone. smh. Talking baseball isn’t enough anymore, now it’s paramount to scour 20 somethings social media pages looking for dirt. Enjoy Craig!

    2nd. Who cares

    • thatmac - May 28, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      Down votes courtesy of Puritanical whackos. Don’t forget to soap your mouths after reading Craig before bed!

  9. stex52 - May 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    The Astros have a black hole at 1st base. The kid could keep his head down and walk into a sure thing job that might last for years. And he seems determined to get himself in trouble. I understand the whole thing with addictive personalities, but I still wonder if he has a clear idea of what he is working hard to throw away right now.

    • prospero63 - May 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      That’s racist.

      • stex52 - May 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Good morning, troll.

      • prospero63 - May 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        So, funny aside. I was once in a meeting and stated something to the effect of “submitting trouble tickets to IT is like sending them into a black hole. Tickets go in but no work comes out”. Shortly after someone took me aside to have a discussion about some racist language I used. I was quite confused. They then went on to explain the use of my term “black hole” was offensive. They were quite serious. I really didn’t know what to say, so I just nodded my head, smiled and moved on. Ever since I can’t hear anyone use the term “black hole” and not think of that. So, not trolling per se, just found it funny is all. Granted, I guess you could make a parallel to Chris Carter and the amazing amount of suck he brings to first base, but that wasn’t my intent either…

  10. AK47 - May 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Craig Calcaterra: self-appointed social media police chief of MLB

  11. bigmeechy74 - May 27, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    It’s impossible to be addicted to weed. It simply isn’t physically addictive

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Thank god there are only physical addictions, and none that are mental.

  12. thatmac - May 28, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    “The improper use of “your” there is almost as egregious, but let’s let that slide for now.”

    Who made this douche bag Calcaterra the judge of anything? Don’t you people tire of this judgmental, Puritanical crap?

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