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Apropos of last night/this morning’s Ian Stewart Twitter flap, let me present the kinda-sorta resolution, as it played out on Twitter.

From Stewart:

https://twitter.com/IAN_STEWART_2sc/status/344556763477073921

https://twitter.com/IAN_STEWART_2sc/status/344556884663095296

https://twitter.com/IAN_STEWART_2sc/status/344556977608867841

From Dale Sveum (not on the Twitterz, mind you, but this is as close as it gets):

From a statement by Ian Stewart’s agent:

And from Theo Epstein, with the hammer:

On a suspension without pay, if there’s cause (everyone contract has a provision that you won’t disparage the organization, so this probably qualifies), a negotiated release where Stewart doesn’t get his full $2 million salary is a real possibility. Under other circumstances – i.e., without an unpaid suspension – the Player’s Association would never let that happen.

So, it’s possible that this ended up working out well for the Cubs. We’ll see how it all shakes out.

  • Steve124

    Fine him…. Then cut him!!!

    • Timmy

      Yeah you know what I love? Whiney millionaires.

  • DarthHater

    Yes, Ian, that twitter picture is really how you want to present yourself when apologizing to your employer for being unprofessional.

  • TWC

    “Reynolds added that if Stewart isn’t in #cubs plans, “I feel it is in the best interests of both parties” for team to release him.”

    Oh, reeeeeally? Stewart was offered his release when he was DFA’d. He declined. So frack him.

    • Jay

      Of course he didn’t. He would have forfeited 2 million bucks he wasn’t going to get anywhere else.

      • TWC

        No kidding, Jay.

        • Alex

          Couldn’t agree more, he wants to be released? He already was. He chose money, even bragged about it last night. So what’s he crying for?

          • Tom A.

            Milton Bradley the 2nd. Sooner he is gone, the better.

  • TWC

    “I am focused on getting back to the big leagues and am working everyday to make that happen.”

    Nobody wants you. You douche.

    • DarthHater

      TWC, I always thought you were a cold, unimaginative, tight-lipped commenter. But you’re really quite emotional, aren’t you?

      • TWC

        I’m like an onion. I have many layers. And I’m good sliced and deep fried.

        • DarthHater

          Now I need a snack…

          • Mike

            Onion rings.

            • DarthHater

              Funyuns

  • mak

    I wonder why his agent would want the Cubs to release him from employment while still paying him his full salary due for the year. That’s pretty strange?

    • Noah

      If the Cubs release him they still have to pay him.

      • demz

        with these tweets they have some leverage now to pay him less than his negotiated contract.

  • scorecardpaul

    Maybee I am to old, and just don’t understand Twitter, but it sounds like his agent is a tool also

    • Carew

      Nah, they’re supposed to say it like that

  • gocatsgo2003

    Of course Ian and his agent think it best to cut him. He wants to have his $2MM and be on his merry way but what in the world to the Cubs gain from cutting him?

    If he wants to keep his $2MM, let him keep his $2MM… just fine/suspend him to the maximum allowable under the rules and then start bouncing him around to Boise, Tennessee, Daytona, back to Iowa, etc. If he wants to keep his money, make him earn it.

    • Rudy

      I love this idea! This would stick it to him as much as possible, with in the rules.

    • Nick

      I dig the spite as much as the next guy, but it doesn’t solve anything. It wastes a roster spot for someone who wants it and can actually produce. Let him go waste away in Minnesota or Miami.

      • DarthHater

        He was already DFA’d, so he’s not wasting a roster spot.

        • Featherstone

          I think Nick mean that he was wasting a roster spot on whatever minor league team he was on.

      • gocatsgo2003

        Well, if a guy like Alcantara, Villanueva, or someone along those lines is primed for a step up to AAA, why not send him to AA? Then repeat for a guy like Zeke DeVoss? Then repeat for a guy like Almora? We could keep this game going for a while and he keeps moving further and further down the ladder while continuing to collect the paycheck he holds so dear:

        BeefStew2‏@IAN_STEWART_2sc16h
        @believesumner why would I quit? I’m making 2 mill in AAA like u would give that up by quitting

        Either way, seems like sayonara, but it would be a lot of fun.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      You really want someone with Stewart’s attitude hanging around the youngest Cub prospects low in the minors?

      I don’t.

      • Kramden

        Too late…. Looks like Vitters is already following Stewart’s footprints.

      • gocatsgo2003

        Would he even show up? I’ve gotta think there’s language in his contract that would void the deal if he was reassigned within the minor league system and he just flat didn’t report.

        • hansman1982

          It’s in the CBA, a player with his service time has the right to refuse a minor league assignment.

          I believe since he has already accepted the minor league assignment, the Cubs could send him to Arizona and ExST and he couldn’t say two peeps about it.

          • gocatsgo2003

            That’s what I mean — since he’s already accepted an assignment to the minors, I think they can send him wherever they want. If he starts churning up even more trouble in negotiations for his buyout, I think it would be a lot of fun to do.

      • RoughRiider

        Sort of like poisoning a well.

        Cubs should just bite the bullet, suspend him without pay as long as they can because he has not lived up to his contract and then release him when the suspension is over. I supported the Cubs bringing him back and hoped he woiuld do well. He’s was hurt and didn’t live up to expectations and that was ok. But what he has done lately his show himself to be a spoiled brat. He’s pushing himself out of proffesional baseball.

      • waittilthisyear

        agreed luke, and i think, more importantly, it does not send a positive message to potential future cubs that this organization holds a grudge. release him, send his wife a fruit basket, and wipe your hands. the guys sucks, no doubt, but nothing is gained by spiting him

  • North Side Irish

    One more…

    Paul Sullivan ‏@PWSullivan 2m
    Cubs likely to part with Stewart.

  • aCubsFan

    The comments from Stewart’s agent are laughable in the face of his client’s words. Where was the agent when the Cubs told Stewart their plans for him when they informed him he was being DFA’d? Where was the agent in the 72 hours Stewart was taking to think through his decision. If it was so important for Stewart and his agent to be released and be a free agent, why did they accept his assignment?

    D’oh! $2 million dollars to Stewart and roughly 3%-6% to the agent.

    • Mike

      Yep

    • Tom A.

      This is an agent that gives the bad reputation to agents ! A greedy do and say anything for money BUM !

  • mak

    Poor guy. Must be tough to play a child’s game for $2M but have to be on the bench in the minors. :(

  • mudge

    Hang onto Stewart, I say. He’s got an entitlement tool of 70 – not something you see every day.

    • Internet Random

      If he’s 70, what’s it take to knock down an 80?

      • DarthHater

        LeBron

        • Internet Random

          Yes, but…

          LeBaron can actually play the sport that he’s paid millions of dollars to play… despite the fact that he’s a self-satisfied douche.

          • DarthHater

            Okay, so he has multiple 80 tools. All I said was that the entitlement tool was one of them.

            • TWC

              The only tools Stewart has are the cheapo Ryobi kind from Home Depot.

  • http://www.justinjabs.com/blog/ justinjabs

    My firsthought upon seeing his apology? BS.

    Anyway, what’s a loyalty clause?

    • Patrick W.

      http://rotoauthority.blogs.com/files/mlb-contract.pdf

      3(a) Keep in shape, train the way we tell you, don’t be up tweeting at 2am about how the club sucks.

    • TWC

      I’d tell you, but that’s against the loyalty oath. Sorry, kid.

    • Hack Wilson

      Ian is pissed because his ass is on a hard bench. He’d rather his ass be on a beach somewhere while collecting that $2 million.

      • DarthHater

        Maybe we could all chip in and send him one of these:

        [img]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41YvmqNtd1L._SL250_.jpg[/img]

        • Boogens

          Darth, that’s awesome!

  • gocatsgo2003

    And this is when it sucks for players to have a lawyer as President of Baseball Ops:

    Paul Sullivan‏@PWSullivan3m
    Cubs likely to part with Stewart.

    Paul Sullivan‏@PWSullivan5m
    Theo says Stewart violated loyalty clause of contract. Number of games TBD.

    Paul Sullivan‏@PWSullivan10m
    Theo says Ian suspended without pay.

    • TWC

      Larf.

      How many years until Stewart shows up on one of those reality TV shows for has-been athletes? Two, at the most?

      • DarthHater

        Survivor: Douchebagistan

        • Headscratchin

          Dang it – just spit Iced tea all over my keyboard!

          • Whiteflag

            Hilarious Darth! I’ll be tuning in sadly.

      • JungleDrew

        Check out his twitter profile, it mentions being a survivor fan

    • aCubsFan

      I wonder what the loyalty clause of the contract says.

      • DarthHater

        Uniform Player Contract, Paragraph 3(a), Loyalty:

        “The Player agrees to perform his services hereunder diligently and faithfully, to keep himself in first-class physical condition and to obey the Club’s training rules, and pledges himself to the American public and to the Club to conform to high standards of personal conduct, fair play and good sportsmanship.”

        http://rotoauthority.blogs.com/files/mlb-contract.pdf

        See also sec. 7(b) – Termination by club

        No idea whether Stewart’s contract follows this template. It’s just something I found on the internetz, so it must be accurate, right?

        • Hansman1982

          As long as you believe I’m a French model

          • DarthHater

            You were the model for this guy, right?

            [img]http://www.premierhomedecor.net/media/12/a20792a133d3b60a161c01_s.JPG[/img]

      • Patrick W.

        Loyalty
        3.(a) The Player agrees to perform his services hereunder diligently and faithfully, to keep himself in first –class physical condition and to obey the Club’s training rules, and pledges himself to the American public and to the Club to conform to high standards of personal conduct, fair play and good sportsmanship.

        • DarthHater

          I guess if you’re lucky enough to play in Toronto, you can tell the Canadian public to go screw themselves. ;-)

    • mudge

      yes!

  • Kyle

    I dunno. I’ve celebrated his departure before, only to have him come back. He’s got Joker Immunity (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/JokerImmunity) or something.

  • RY

    Good riddance!

  • Patrick W.

    I wonder how other players are seeing this unfold? I wonder if it will A) stifle open commentary from players B) make the Cubs look like punitive bosses 3) make Stewart seem … reasonable? Meaning, “he’s just asking for his release but they’re holding on to him and not playing him just to spite him”

    • gocatsgo2003

      The players aren’t in a vacuum; they understand both the money aspect and the douche nozzle aspect.

    • Tom A.

      Players would have to be idiots not to see that Ian Stewart is a complete bum !

  • Drew

    Where does he rank amongst other 3rd Base MLB Prospects? Is he even worth another team throwing him a bone?

    With a .164 AAA Batting Avg this year. Claim to Fame is being an ASS (oh and hitting 3 HR’s in one game), perpetually injured, and biting the hand the writes your checks.

  • aCubsFan

    This situation sets up a very bad precedent. It says that any player who signed a contract and agreed to the terms of a demotion can tweet rants against his employer for the purposes of getting their unconditional release and get the full, or near full, value of the contract.

    It’s also laughable that a player making $2 million for sitting his ass on the bench should be frustrated when he is getting paid to sit on the bench and do nothing.

  • Die hard

    Just think if Cubs drafted a top SS instead of 3B ?? Would Castro be flippen?! Nothing like a little burr under your saddle

    • DarthHater

      Right. Because the Cubs certainly don;t have any SS prospects in their system.

    • @cubsfantroy

      terrible troll is terrible

    • mjhurdle

      I’m starting to think we need to draft a young trolling prospect to get you to start stepping your game up and stop going all Ian Stewart on these comments.

      • Hansman1982

        Sadly…his ceiling is Ian Stewart

  • http://ehanauer.com clark addison

    Anybody who disses the organization like that is a clubhouse cancer. The Iowa roster is mostly washed up vets and never will be prospects, who are mature enough to know BS when they see it.

    Moving him down would be strictly punitive, reflect badly on the Cubs, and give him a chance to contaminate real prospects. So suspend him and negotiate a release, but don’t pay him the full 2 million.

    And let the door hit him on the ass on the way out.

  • Rizzo44

    Jed and Theo are watching…. #InTheoWeTrust Bye bye Stewart…..

  • Myles

    The curse of having 2 first names.

    • Internet Random

      “All around the schoolyard, playing all the games
      Running, laughing back and forth, the kid with two first names
      Stranger in the closet, lock the diary
      The past is running faster, singing harmony
      C’mon baby, spend the night with me”

      • TWC

        John Prine lyrics?! ::high fives::

        • Internet Random

          Oh yeah.

  • Die hard

    Venting on twitter no different than venting to a reporter after a game… Big deal — I like fact he wants to play and show he deserves another shot — wish Castro showed that Bellyfire

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      If he wanted to play he wouldn’t have disappeared for three days earlier this year. Guys who want to play don’t tend to do that sort of thing.

      • Die hard

        He is entitled to mistake or two– what’s ahead is what counts– if he wants to and can contribute then should be called up after All-Star game

        • Internet Random

          “He is entitled to mistake or two– what’s ahead is what counts . . . [.]”

          I’m sure he’d be relieved to hear that riding pine in the minors is what counts.

    • Patrick W.

      Nobody on the planet wants to play Major League Baseball more than I. Somehow that intense bellyfire has gotten me nowhere. I’ve never had a chance to develop my TSA.

      • TWC

        “Somehow that intense bellyfire has gotten me nowhere.”

        Impossible. Totally impossible.

  • scorecardpaul

    I say pay him his 2 mil, but instead of a bat give him a mop and a toilet brush

  • Dustin S

    I can think of a few players I’d like to send to http://twitter.com/signup #PleaseUseTwitter #BadContractHelp

  • CubsFan66

    MB redo 2013

  • Cyranojoe

    I hope it’s a negotiated release, otherwise the Cubs are paving the way to big trouble with future prima donnas on unwieldy contracts. Guess we have to hope we never have any of those ever again…??

  • Josh

    If only they could send him to the VSL or DSL……that would shut him up….

  • The Future

    Hahaha wear that Ian. Next time you are riding high on chardoney, don’t pick up your phone and start tweeting – jackass. Have fun being a hitting coach for $12/hr 3 days a week

  • another JP

    This was all orchestrated on Stewie’s behalf last night when he put one of his cronies up to asking him about his status– just so he could bash Dale and the organization. My company has a clause that gives management the right to reprimand or terminate the employment of any worker that speaks negatively about the company and it’s apparent the Cubs are using similar actions against Stewart. The guy is a total ass and deserves to be yanked through the mud. Good luck to getting another job in MLB, Stewie.

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