Stewart Faces Consequences for Comments on Twitter

Ian Stewart continues to make things difficult on himself and he could be facing a suspension and/or a fine for the comments he made on his Twitter account late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

Jed Hoyer addressed the Stewart Twitter situation during an interview on The Score and the Cubs are not too thrilled with Ian Stewart. The Cubs are upset about what he said and while Stewart would like to be released, according to the Tribune, the Cubs have no plans of releasing him and in turn paying him the remainder of his $2 million contract to go home.

The Tribune reported that Jed Hoyer said, “We spent the entire morning dealing with an issue that doesn’t help us get better as an organization. That’s not how we want to spend our time. What he did was unprofessional and there are going to be consequences. Beyond that, I’m not going to comment.

Stewart has stated on his Twitter account that he would like the Cubs to release him so he can move on with his career and sign with another team. But Stewart took it to another level late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Dale Sveum was blamed for him being in Triple-A and he said that he doubted even if Luis Valbuena were to get hurt that he would be called-up. Stewart has not made it a secret that he thinks he will never play for the Cubs again and reiterated it once again when asked when he would be back with the Cubs.

When Stewart was asked why doesn’t he just quit, Stewart’s reply pretty much summed up his big league career. Stewart asked why should he quit because he is being paid $2 million to play Triple-A ball and there is no pressure for him to perform in the minors, plus it is more fun.

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  • calicub

    Wow. Just wow.

    Stewart is officially a POS. Stewart is the reason Stewart is not on the big league club. He once had the support of the FO and much of the fan base but at this point he is alone. Suspend him. Fine him. Bench him. Make him miserable and let him whither away in Iowa.

    Stewart could have been a big part of the Cubs future but at this point I doubt he even has a major league future.

    • Roland Bowman

      I am sure he will get another opportunity next year with another team. Minor league contract and a spring training invite. I agree with you though, I don’t think he will play again in the Majors.

      • calicub

        He will for the exact reason Milton Bradley lasted for so long:

        Talent trumps personality. Some coach or some FO somewhere will think “hey I can fix this guy!”

        • Roland Bowman

          That plus the lack of quality third basemen around now for some reason.

    • Matt Lovell

      Isn’t Stewart still under the Mendoza line? What a joker. Don’t let him rot in Iowa; send his unproductive, unprofessional butt all the way down to low A.

  • DWalker

    Well, he said it. “no pressure to succeed in the minors”. he wants a trip back to chicago handed to him, but feels no reason he should work for it. Lazy beach bum was what some Rockies fans called him, I guess they were right. To bad they can’t suspend him for the rest of the season.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Couldn’t they? Isn’t that what they did with Zambrano?

  • Roland Bowman

    I had given up on Stewart as a Cub much earlier this season. I am kind of surprised this is getting as much attention as it is.

    I agreed with not releasing Stewart. You sure hoped they wouldn’t need him. But if their was an injury or two, he is a third baseman they could bring up if they wanted to keep Vitters and others working on things in the minors.

    But now that his complaining has become an issue I don’t see how he can stay with the club. He is cancerous now. Of course he may have been cancerous before this.
    In my opinion they should release him. I know that isn’t a popular opinion. I am sure the fans don’t want to give him what he wants out of frustration with him. But at the end of the day the Cubs need to do what is in their best interest, and I think it is in their best interest to release him.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, and maybe they can move him down to A ball

  • calicub

    If one of the 3B gets injured Clevenger should get the call assuming he’s healthy. The club needs a 3rd backstop and from what I saw, his glove work at 3rd wasn’t too bad

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    What a bum.

    I used to believe in and like Ian Stewart. In real life and in fantasy baseball, but not anymore. Not at all.

    What a b””. I’m sorry if I offend anybody here or elsewhere, but I’m done with this guy. He sucks.

    • Sonate

      Agree on all three of your points. Boy, was I wrong about him.

      • triple

        I’ll hope on the “i was wrong train” too… He is just pathetic!

  • 07GreyDigger

    As much as I dislike the guy right now, would you give up $2 million to be a good teammate?

    • Roland Bowman

      He doesn’t have to give up $2 million to be a good teammate. He can take his pay and be a good teammate. Maybe I am not understanding?

      • 07GreyDigger

        I guess I mean that can you blame the guy for not wanting to give up $2 million?

    • DWalker

      somewhat surprisingly, A number of cubs have come out in his defense or support. Brett Jackson for instance: “On the contrary @IAN_STEWART_2sc is one of the best teammates & clubhouse guys i have played w/. great person & friend.” We only see one side of things, or maybe two sides. We never see inside the clubhouse or the FO or the hotel rooms and plane trips. All we see is the public persona’s and what happens on the field. From our perspective, we a see a guy who is not just under performing, we see everything negative in the situation because we don’t see the person, only the player. For his teammates, they see someone they have spent a lot of time with struggling with a difficult situation that suddenly went even worse and they always remember that for a twist of fate, there go I. No question, cubs fans can be intensely loyal and forgiving, perfectly willing to root for an underdog who shows grit with a level that far out weighs their on field value. But when that loyalty turns, we are as vicious as any, and stewart has more than caught it. Had Stewart shown some of the moxi of a guy like Campana, many people would have been enthusiastically cheering him on rather than cursing his name or giving bare grudging “well, it was a logical move given the situation”. Had he performed, he’d not be in this situation, so I am done with the touchy feely stuff, so maybe this will be a good point to everyone else in the organization that thinks they can skate along without performing. .

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  • Zonk

    I think you guys are being hard on Ian Stewart. Try to see things from his perspective, and you’ll see that he really has not been treated well.
    First, we traded for him and offered him a wide-open opportunity to start for a large-market team. We paid him a mere $3 mil for a hard month’s work last year.
    We then had the temerity to pay him $2 mil, offer him that opportunity a second time, but then acquired one of the top 3B in all of baseball, Luis Valbuena, giving Ian a very tough barrier to get past. Then we required him play in ST, thereby injuring his quad, and completing our plan to screw Ian Stewart.
    Really, you guys need to chill out

    • Roland Bowman

      I guess there always is two sides to a story. I hadn’t thought of it like that.

    • triple

      That is the name of the game though. You need to produce or your not gonna be called into game action. It’s as simple as that. Put me in his shoes, and I’d be happy to make $2mil, and I guarantee I’d bring a much better attitude even if I wasn’t happy. But yes, hindsight is 20/20, and the Cubs should have dropped his ass at the end of ST.

    • Dorasaga

      I’m confused by two things. How is Bradley anywhere close to Stewart? Why we need to defend Stewart? I’ve been against ownership and bashing players, because I didn’t want to fall into the trap of a club or organizational effort of marketing and media manipulation. MLB especially. It’s a MONOPOLIZED operation. The owners and their hires own powers until death, literally.

      Even so, we think about the issue with Bradley. He was a sick man. He overreacted due to a mental illness. Bradley admitted his mental problems, a courageous act, because that
      always take something away from the player, both monetary reward (future
      contract talk). He overcame his own fear and is taking treatment. He wanted to play Major League, and he hit hard. His career split shows him as a consistent contributor since 2002, every month and against all external conditions (environment). His September numbers have not been good.

      Stewart was not sick. He complained about his pay and his playtime WHILE ON DL. He had inconsistent splits. He made a fool of himself by saying his disregard of Major League actions. I don’t see Stewart anywhere as good or even as dedicated as Bradley. It’s also cowardice to call on the management through a social media “comment” (tweet), the same management who tried to get him back on feet while paying him $5 million.

      It’s really all about the money. The Cubs paid him millions while provided playing time, medical, and rehab support. If he’s playing without all these, stuck at minor and underpaid for 12 YEARS like Bobby Scales, then Ian would still be plausible by say something stupid and useless, not helping his cause. Unfortunately, Stewart is not smart enough to disguise his greed. Ian Stewart should be banned from my league.

      • 07GreyDigger

        You had me until you mentioned Bobby Scales.

        • Dorasaga

          It could be serious. Fans could like Milton as a run producer. We still like him, that’s compared to Ian.

  • Neil

    Stewart has issued an apology … on twitter. Will post later after Epstein speaks. His comments can be found on the CCO’s twitter feed on the top right hand side of the site.

    • DWalker

      While stewart says nice things now on twitter, I doubt it helps him much. If this was the first time, an apology might have helped. But in stewarts case, he just can’t stay out of trouble on twitter. Sveum should have also taken the cue about keeping his mouth shut, because its really hard to beleive what Sveum says now with what he said in the past. I doubt too many people who have followed the cubs fairly closely would mark sveum as a Stewart supporter. That back track to “oh, I liked him” sits almost as poorly as the initial comments.

  • Neil

    Stewart has been suspended without pay

    • Ray Ray

      I am sure he will be released shortly after that. Best for both sides.

      • triple

        Hopefully they do just release him and wash their hands of this terrible situation.

    • paulcatanese

      As he should have been. But, doesn’t he get paid anyway in the end? I would imagine the players union would step in here (not that they should), but think they will. End result, he made some egotistical, stupid comments on twitter, legally I don’t think he can be released without pay, although I would like for that to happen.
      The only thing that is positive about this is the posters, as I, can complain about him.

      • Ray Ray

        Exactly right Paul. He will be suspended for a short time and ultimately released and will get paid his 2 mil(minus the short suspension) Legally the Cubs will have to pay him.

  • Tony_Hall

    I don’t blame the FO for trying to get a 3B when they took over. Giving ARam a long term contract and getting him to want to stick around during a rebuilding were both unlikely.

    I wanted Headley, but his price tag was more than anyone could justify.

    So they went for the next best option out there and struck out. Unfortunately it happens, and now 3B should be a spot they need to fill for up to 2 more years, at the most, as they have Kris Bryant already penciled in to take over.

    I wanted Stewart to work out, as I am sure every Cub fan did, as it would have helped the team. I think with how few 3B are out there on the FA market, he would have gotten another chance next year to win a job in ST. After this last episode, he will get nothing more than a minor league contract and an invite to ST.

    I really can’t blame him for accepting his assignment and trying to collect his $2M salary. I know we throw money around on here like it is nothing, and really $2M on a MLB teams operating budget is nothing, but in the real world we all live in, that is still a lot of money. He should have turned off his twitter account, shut his mouth and hit HR’s like he did this week, and he would have been back in the show very soon. But he couldn’t do that, and now he has to deal with the consequences.

    • Suzy S

      I agree Tony. It is really too bad for both Stewart and the Cubs. At the beginning of the season…I was really hopeful for him.

    • paulcatanese

      Truth is, Valbuena and Ransom are filling at third quite nicely( omit tonight of course for Ransom) and looking back at Aram’s days, both of these guys are twice the fielder that Aram ended up being for the Cubs.
      If Stewart ( as you said) just kept his mouth shut, played ball as he has this last week,
      assuredly he would have been given another chance. Now the ladder is set so high, that It’s impossible for him. Just play where he was at, hustle, hit, and he would be playing somewhere
      in the bigs next year.