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  • Social media can be a trite way to communicate, but it can be a convenient method of learning what's on the minds of Major League Baseball players. On Tuesday, a lot of thoughts were dedicated to Jackie Robinson, the man who broke baseball's modern color barrier on this day in 1947. Here are 42 social media posts related to Jack Roosevelt Robinson from across the ethnic spectrum of MLB.

    Leading off, Eric Young Jr. of the Mets:

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    This one's not from a player, but from UCLA — where Robinson played three sports in the 1940s:

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  • There are people in this country who will tell you that in 2014, we live in a post-racial America. We have a black president, the thinking goes, so therefore racism can't exist anymore. 

    Tell that to Hank Aaron, who is the subject of a new wave of racist hate mail this month, 40 years after he received floods of racist mail when he broke Babe Ruth's home-run record in 1974. The calendar may have a different year on it, and methods of sending racist prose might have changed — it can be emailed now — but the sentiment is unfortunately the same. 

    Bob Nightengale explains in a story published in USA Today on Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball, of all days:

    "Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur)'' a man named Edward says in an e-mail to the Braves front office and obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

    Edward invokes the epithet five times in four sentences, closing with, "My old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead

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    If you happen to play for the New York Yankees, do not expect the manager to call you by what your parents did, or even by a widely known nickname that preceded your arrival. Joe Girardi has his own way, his own system, reporter Dan Barbarisi in the Wall Street Journal writes. All of his players — except for pitchers Cesar Cabral and Matt Thornton — have been given Girardi nicknames. And it sounds like Girardi will get to them eventually:

    [M]ost hew to a fairly standard blueprint: Drop the last few letters, then add an "-ie" or "y" sound. Hence, Brett Gardner becomes "Gardy;" Alfonso Soriano is "Sori." Sometimes, there are slight variations, where the entire name is preserved. For instance, David Phelps is "Phelpsie; last season, Jayson Nix was "Nixie." But every once in a while, nickname lightning strikes and Girardi finds an unconventional one that is too good to pass up. For those, Girardi will eschew his normal scheme and embrace the new name wholeheartedly.

    For example, rookie

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  • The El Paso Chihuahuas just started their first season in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, after having moved from Tucson and changed their name from the Padres. Everything is new for San Diego's Triple-A team — the name, logo and even the stadium they play in.

    Also brand new: The Chihuahuas' mascot. His name is Chico. He was introduced Monday. And he's downright frightening. 

    Is it just me, or does Chico look like he needs his shots? When I think of Chihuahuas, I don't generally think of a dog that looks like it's going to corner me in a dark alley and eat my limbs for dinner. But when I look at Chico, I see a Chihuahua who needs his fix — perhaps of human blood.

    Either that, or he's super stoned. We see those blood-shot eyes, Chico. Either way, he ain't lovable little Hank the Dog from the Milwaukee Brewers. In fact, he looks like he'd eat Hank. 

    The non-costumed, two-dimensional version of the Chihuahuas mascot isn't as bad. It has a Scrappy-Doo kind of look. It's not exactly

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  • The Colorado Rockies have placed left-hander Brett Anderson on the disabled list because of a broken left index finger. But, as with anything else these days, some crackpot conspiracy theorists probably don't believe the Rockies because of the their "well-known associations with secret societies."

    In order to put all of that talk to rest, Anderson has uploaded an X-ray of his left hand to Instagram. (At least he CLAIMS that it's his hand. And at least we THINK it's Brett Anderson's Instagram.) Sure enough — ouch, babe — it looks like his index finger is fractured. Anderson injured his hand while batting, of course, because the National League won't let go of the out-of-date notion that pitchers ought to hit for themselves. Now there's a good conspiracy theory: Why hasn't the NL adopted the designated hitter yet? Masonic Illuminati, anyone?

    And why is poor Anderson hurt again? He's the unluckiest man on the face of the Earth. He said to Troy Renck of the Denver Post:

    "I knew something

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