Twitter has at least one fewer user today, as Indians minor leaguer David Huff deleted his account after a the team was unhappy someone using his account announced he'd start for the Indians on Sunday.
Dennis Manoloff of the Plain Dealer has the details :
A message from David Huff's twitter account Friday afternoon stated that he will be the Indians' spot starter Sunday against the Tigers.
But Huff, who is with Class AAA Columbus, told The Plain Dealer later in the day that he never tweeted as such and that somebody must haveimpersonated him. Huff said he was reaching out to the Indians to explain.
Tribe manager Manny Acta, informed of Huff's tweet during his pregame meeting with reporters, said: "We're going to need a spot starter for Sunday. We're still working through it. It's not finalized, and David is one of the candidates." That account, @DHuff11m has been deleted and pitching coach Tim Belcher tells MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince that Huff's call-up "may or may not happen" as a result of the Twitter affair. If Huff doesn't start Sunday, Josh Tomlin could get the call.
The lesson -- which should have been very clear by now -- is if your boss tells you not to announce something, don't put it on the interwebs.
There are smart ways for athletes to leverage social media -- Chad Ochocinco went from a malcontent to a TV star in one season on Twitter - it's even a good way to keep fans, family and friends up to date with your comings and goings, but you must remember that even your bosses know about Twitter, Facebook and MySpace -- oh, and if you're still on MySpace, you may not want your bosses to know about that. Or Chris Hansen.