Cubs Have No Intention of Releasing Ian Stewart

Theo Epstein addressed the Ian Stewart situation on Thursday and said the team has no intention of releasing him from his contract. The Cubs suspended Stewart for 10 games without pay for derogatory comments he made about the organization on Twitter. Stewart is due to return to the Iowa Cubs on Saturday when the team opens a four-game series in Memphis.

During an interview on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Epstein acknowledged that Stewart was appealing his suspension but the team has not formally received an update on the appeal.

Theo Epstein said Ian Stewart “hasn’t lived up to our expectations” but admitted that he “is a human being and his career is at stake.” Epstein said the team is not upset with Stewart. Epstein thinks he just made a mistake that he apologized for “and he deserves a second chance if he comes back with the right attitude and hopefully restores his career.”

Epstein explained that the organization had no choice but to take action after what Stewart said in a public forum and he is hopeful that Stewart can get his career back on track.

Iowa’s manager, Marty Pevey, talked about when Stewart would return to the I-Cubs’ lineup. Pevey said it would likely be a few games after he is eligible to return from suspension. Pevey indicated that Stewart “would probably need a few days” to prepare to play again. Pevey is excited to have Stewart back but does not “want to run him out there not in shape.”

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Realistically, releasing him would extend or help his career. He could possibly catch on with someone who wants him, and would play him. So I would think from a strictly Stewart viewpoint, he wants out and would be better off out the door–except he’d forfeit the rest of his $2 million dollar contract.

    Ahh, staying isn’t so bad after all. And that .168 BA in AAA Iowa, with that .372 slugging, isn’t a real inducement for hope that this season will right itself.

    • BosephHeyden

      If he wants to impress another team, one of those “unspoken baseball” things that would immensely help him would be him quitting and forfeiting the rest of that money. That would show a willingness to win or some nonsense and may help him catch on with a winning team….’s minor league team.

      That or he could just wind up unemployed and out $2 million. I dunno, baseball’s politics are very dumb.

      • 07GreyDigger

        I think if he stuck with the team would show more than quitting and forfeiting the money. Sticking with the team would show he’s willing to take a reduced role and do what’s necessary to prolong his career.

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