ian stewart cubsAlthough he’s tweeted similar things before, Ian Stewart’s latest tweet-fest has exploded in the Chicago media today. Last night, Stewart – who’s frequently indicated a belief that he won’t be back up with the Chicago Cubs and who has previously tweeted that he wishes the Cubs would release him – tweeted a number of things about wanting to be released/”probably never” being called back up to the Cubs/being not liked by Dale Sveum/etc./etc.

You can read about it in Stewart’s time line (until/unless the tweets are deleted), though you won’t be able to hear Stewart offer his thoughts any time soon, since he’s currently playing in a game for AAA Iowa. Otherwise, you can read about here, here, or here. Or a dozen other places.

As a 28-year-old minor league bench player who has clearly been pushed down the totem pole – he’ll be behind both Junior Lake and Josh Vitters on the third base depth chart at Iowa, as soon as Vitters returns to action – there’s not a whole lot of “baseball” importance here. Obviously Stewart should not be airing this kind of dirty laundry publicly, but it’s not like he was on the verge of returning to Chicago as it is. A .625 OPS in the PCL will get you only so far.

Which is to say: I write this piece because I don’t want you all to feel excluded from this conversation, since it is blowing up across the Cubs-related web (and in the comments already this morning). I have a feeling that the Cubs and Ian Stewart made their decisions about each other a long time ago, and those feelings have been obvious for a long time before the latest set of late-night tweets.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Jed Hoyer had to take time out of his day to deal with the situation this morning, and then speak to the media about it today. On the Score, Hoyer said (per Tim McGinnis) that Stewart’s tweets were unprofessional and that there will be consequences.

  • wvcubsfan

    Seeing as how I’m twitter illiterate, could someone please tell me if these were out of the blue comments or replies to responses from “fans” telling him how much he sucks.

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  • jim

    Tyler n dj we gave up for him!

    • TWC

      They’re worthless, too, but Stewart, at least, makes me snicker in derision.

  • jim

    Flash! Season tix holders must sign loyalty clause for tix in 2015

    • TWC

      Flash! Jim doesn’t know what the hell he’s bitching about!

    • DarthHater

      Sounds good to me. When the Cubs are a juggernaut and all the disloyal whiners come clambering onto the bandwagon, kick ’em to the curb! 😛

      • cubs2003

        I’m not sure anyone would be deriding Ian if they thought he was giving his best effort. At this point, it seems like he’s calling it a career. Injuries happen, but so do comebacks. Good luck, Mr. Stewart.

        • Wester

          But why would you potentially forfeit $2 mil to call it a career?

          • cubs2003

            I should have been more clear. I think he rides pine in Iowa and collects his paychecks, but this is probably his last job in baseball. Best of luck to the guy.

            • Jim

              I think the “Suspended without pay indefinitely” probably means for the rest of the season. I think the Cubs have been trying to figure out how to get out from under that $2 million contract and his latest tirade on Twitter gave them exactly what they wanted. Say good-bye to your paycheck from the Cubs Ian!

  • nkniacc13

    I expect a buyout with Stewart.