The Ian Stewart Show continues

The Ian Stewart Show continues

I'm not a guy to bash baseball players but The Ian Stewart Show just never seems to end.  It only goes underground for a bit and then bubbles back up to the surface.

Let me preface by saying that I really, really wanted to like Ian Stewart.  I thought the Cubs had found a possible long term solution to their 3B vacancy.  I hoped they had captured lightning in a bottle with a talented, but unlucky ballplayer.

They got lightning all right -- but not the kind they were hoping for and, in retrospect, it now seems likely that the once highly-touted prospect has created some of his own bad luck over the years.

The latest from Stewart involves a string of tweets that appears to once again put the blame outside himself and shift it to those around him.

Here are some of his tweets...

“I said that (he would never return to the Cubs) because the Cubs are done with me. There (sic) going to let me ROTT (sic) in AAA all season and then non tender me after.”

Well, Ian you had your chance to refuse an assignment to Iowa when the Cubs designated you for assignment.  But you didn't want that.  You passed through waivers because no team wanted to pick up even a pro-rated portion of your salary.

"why would I quit. I’m making 2 mill in AAA like u would give that up by quitting.”

The short term money obviously meant more to you than an opportunity to re-establish yourself and put yourself in a position to make more money later.  The Cubs were honest with you from the beginning, saying they would give younger players such as Josh Vitters and Junior Lake more opportunities to play because they are the future.  You knew what you were getting in to.  You chose the immediate gratification of your remaining salary over an opportunity to get a fresh start to your career.  You made that choice. .

“I meant they might as well release me since I have no shot at a call-up. Let me sign elsewhere”

Again.  You had your opportunity to sign elsewhere.  You chose to stay and you were told beforehand of the ramifications that choice would bring in terms of your playing time.

"I think Dale Sveum doesn't like me and he's running the show."

We really have no way of knowing if that's really true, but gee, I wonder why he wouldn't like a player that is not loyal and dedicated to his team.  Listen, I understand family needs and all, but every job requires you to make that sacrifice from time to time -- especially baseball which requires you to be away from home half the time.  We've seen players like Matt Garza make that sacrifice.  We've seen Jorge Soler leave family and the only culture he has ever'/ known behind in order to try and build a career for himself.  Those players are very strong family men too.  Many players in the game have made that sacrifice.  If your family depends so much on baseball and the salary it brings, then you owe it to your family to put everything you can into the game that is essentially your livelihood.

And Dale doesn't run the show.  The front office does.  If you were playing good baseball then it wouldn't even matter what Sveum thought of you personally.  Job one for Sveum is to put the best team he can on the field by using the best players that are available to him.  Take care of the things you can control -- which is to play good baseball and be a team player even when you are not on the field.  If you would have taken care of that, then you would be in the major leagues.  Period.

The fact of the matter is that no team wants you on it's team if it means picking up your $2M tab.  It isn't just the Cubs.  Believe me, if they could have found a team that thought you were worth even that minimal financial risk -- the Cubs would have shipped you off for a few packages of Big League Chew.

“I honestly believe if Valbuena were to get hurt they wouldn’t call me up. Back up. Just MHO.”

I hope this doesn't mean you are throwing your teammate under the bus by calling him a backup -- especially when he has outperformed you not only as a good teammate but on the field as well.  If Luis Valbuena is a major league backup, then what does that make Ian Stewart?  A triple-A backup?  I guess so.

And lastly, from Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, 

As the night wore on Stewart re-tweeted someone who took an apparent shot at the Cubs’ front office:

“sad part is Stew isn't an AAA baller. He is a big show baller in an org. With terrible leadership.”

This is the coup-de-grace.  Teams are already unwilling to pick you up for $2M because you haven't played good baseball.  How are they supposed to feel when they see a ballplayer who doesn't just blame management for his troubles, but implicitly questions their leadership ability.  I'm sure all the other teams are really eager to take you on now.  I'm not sure there will be that much interest even at the minimum salary.

I have defended the Ian Stewart trade largely because it was a low risk gamble for a player who was gifted in terms of physical ability, but instead it has become a testament to the importance of mental makeup when it comes to being able to fully utilize one's talent.

In retrospect, it seems the Cubs misjudged Ian Stewart, not once, but twice.  They had a chance to cancel the Ian Stewart Show this spring -- but I can't say that was a terrible decision that they didn't.  I give them credit for not being quick to judge and giving Stewart a second chance.

It's too bad he's thrown that away too.

 

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    Is that a verified account? I am as concerned about his general lack of good grammar skills as I am about his general lack of baseball skills. Maybe he needs a hitting instructor AND an English tutor.

  • In reply to Jive Wired:

    Haha! One of them is a re-tweet so one of his supporters has a grammar issue too.

  • In reply to Jive Wired:

    He has horrible grammar. I used to follow him and he consistently made grammatical mistakes and misspelled common words.

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    In reply to Jive Wired:

    Yes, Ian Stewart's twitter account is the one in the pics John posted, Ian_Stewart_2sc

    Go read some of the posts, there are some ongoing verbal assaults between fans and him after hose posts. To his credit, (probably the only time in history anyone has said that), he's not responding with mean spirited stuff, but the threads are amusing.

    Remember the garbage he pulled last year that John wrote a post about, when he asked one fan who was talking to him if he was gay and then went on to insult the fan. Ugh. The bottom line is, Stewart has never lived up to the promise he had when drafted by Colorado. He's reached the point he not only can't hit MLB pitching but can't hit AAA pitching. There's no reason for him to be on the Iowa roster, and with him now criticizing the organization and Sveum, just get rid of this guy already. Is there a Siberian Gulag league we can sell his contract to (or pay them to take him?)

  • I saw all of this last night and my thoughts were to send him to Boise and let him sit on the bench there. I would not release him and give him what he wants and I would certainly not give him any playing time. He basically blasted everyone from teammate to manager to front office. I have never liked him because of his attitude but this is beyond pathetic.

  • In reply to Tide23:

    Agreed. I think he needs to remember what it takes for some to be a major league ballplayer. He has obviously forgotten.

  • In reply to Tide23:

    I don't know. I don't think you want a disgruntled veteran infecting a club house filled with youngsters. Sure, it would be kind of nice to give this guy a little lesson, but I'm not sure its worth the risk. Its a little bit of a gamble, but I'd probably just give the dude what he wants and release him. He's dead money at this point anyway.

    That said, I can see the Cubs just rolling their eyes and keeping him right where he is as an insurance policy. I know they also have both Vitters and Lake at AAA, but neither has shown that they are ready to play 3rd defensively at the MLB level so they might prefer to hang onto him in case Valbuena does get hurt. The other option would be to package him in a trade this summer. Not sure how realistic that is, though.

  • Yeah, I'm with you. I wanted to like him. I rooted for him... Now, I'm just done.

    I wonder if the new Social media policy in "The Cubs Way" manual addresses something like this. He may have just got his release.... Then maybe they wouldn't have to pay the pro rated portion of that $2MM salary. I can't see the Cubs wanting to pay that if they didn't have to.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    He's begging for it because he wants the Cubs to make the decision. If they choose to release him, he keeps the money and gets his opportunity.

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    In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    The MLBPA doesn't typically come to the defense of minor leaguers, and they may have grounds to release him without pay. My employer fires employees who post negative stuff about them on FB and Twitter. If they can do it, I don't see why the Cubs can't.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    That was my point. I happen to know a little bit about Labor & Employment law. If he violated their social media policy, which is clearly spelled out... He's toast!

    And I believe I remember reading somewhere that they had developed a comprehensive social media policy and incorporated it into the new "The Cubs Way" manual for all players and staff. certainly, they would have included anti-organizational language.

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    Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh! I'm lov'n it!

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Haha! I thought you might like this one. You won't often see a rant from me, but I just can't give him the benefit of the doubt.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Have you looked at my Twitter page?

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I guess Ian Stewart is going to see this. I may actually get blocked! Not that I really care ;)

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    That wasn't all I said to him. There were some earlier comments.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I saw those too! Let me know if he responds.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Oh, you know I will. He needs to get his head of his ass and grow up.

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    My goodness........what is the price of not complaining these days?

    It's clearly more than $2 mil, at least for Beef Stew

    I too, John, thought getting Stewart had some upside. He did rake in the minors, and when healthy was OK in the majors

    But the only upside now is entertainment value....now I just want to see how this train wreck ends

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Haha. It is a diversion. I'm kind of curious myself.

  • Can't stand players like this. If he hasn't already, I'll bet he pulls a Brett Lawrie, bashing fans giving him a hard time while telling them they're nobodies because they don't have his talent for baseball.

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    In reply to HowlinWolf:

    John, Garza and Sappelt sort of got in on that rant last night. Do you see any repercussions for them. You'd think Garza, who supposedly wants to remain a Cub, would steer clear of this, and Sappelt doesn't need to make any enemies in the dugout of the FO. I do see that their comments are now gone. So I can only assume they've been deleted.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Two other guys who tweet too much. Do you remember what they said?

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    They were pretty much sympathizing with him is how I took it.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    They're better off staying out of it. That's not a bad thing to stick up for your teammates but if it were me, knowing the volatility of the Stewart situation, I would have done it privately.

  • Does providing the screencap qualify me as a contributor now?

    But in all seriousness, I do have to agree. Dude's had his chances here. And if he starts hitting, he'll likely be a call-up should something happen to Valbuena. Right now, though, I'd guess Lillibridge comes back up before Stewart.

    Hopefully it was just one bad night. I think we all want(ed) to like him.

  • In reply to Jim Weihofen:

    Thanks Jim. I always consider you a contributor! You always provide great stuff.

    Hat tip to you since you saved me the trouble of finding the tweets!

    Agreed we all wanted to like him. I know that I did. I liked him in Colorado since his days as a prospect. He's making it very difficult for people to continue liking him.

    Stewart has a line ahead of him: Lillibridge, Maysonet, Lake, Vitters, Donnie Murphy. Those guys are just going out there and doing their job. As it should be.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I just had to give you a little bit of a hard time there. I'm fairly certain you know I'm always willing to share anything with this site.

    I also wanted that snapshot preserved. The tweets will eventually be taken down, and who knows if that'll be in a week, or five minutes after they go up. It was important to document them while they were there. I mean, I had no idea at the time that Paul Sullivan was also on it. (a small part of me wishes he hadn't, might have wound up being the only one with the screenshots, and then everyone would have to reference Cubs Den and life would be great. alas...)

    Kind of forgot about Vitters for a bit. Batting average down 34 points, OBP only down 13. Makes me hope he's finally more selective. Bryant, Baez, and Candelario may be higher rated prospects, but Vitters could at least still hold down the fort in the meantime. I can still see him filling a John Mabry type backup role (Mabry's the first corner infielder/corner outfielder that comes to mind for some reason).

    Though, Stewart does raise a valid point. I'd gladly sit on the bench in AAA for $2 million. Heck, I'd do it for 20 grand and a box of Klondike Bars.

  • You know the saying "fool me once, shame on you; fooi me twice, shame on me." Well, shame on the Cubs for letting this guy fool them twice.

  • In reply to Bucky:

    True -- but nothing wrong with giving a guy a second chance once in awhile. The only thing I can say is at least it just cost them $2M the second time around.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Agreed. There were no other viable options for 3b in the off season. It was worth the risk in that situation. They couldn't go into the season with Valbuena and Vitters? as our options.

  • John, you missed my favorite one:

    BeefStew2 ‏@IAN_STEWART_2sc 8h
    @believesumner Ibelieve it or not it’s more fun in aaa than the bigs….no stress no media….it’s
    Way chill

    I'm glad he likes it better in the minors because that could be the rest of his career path at this point.

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    Haha. I guess so.

    And I like your response to the tweet. That works for me!

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    Just think about the absurdity of his release request for a second. He doesn't want to come to work, but he wants to be payed in full while simultaneously bashing his bosses for not promoting him and his .164 AAA average to the MLB.

    Send him to extended spring training, sit him on the bench, and let him rot.

  • In reply to Jason Pellettiere:

    Yep. Seems like a sense of entitlement problem.

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    Actually, now that I think about, I don't blame Ian Stewart for being upset. Look at the way he's been treated!

    First, we trade for him, giving him a wide-open starting opportunity for a large market team. We have the temerity to pay him $3 mil for this.

    Then, after he blew that opportunity and disappeared from the team, we have the gaul to offer $2 mil for a second chance at a starting position for a big-market team.

    We cleverly acquire one of the top 3B in baseball, Luis Valbuena, to make Stewart's job more difficult, and ask him to pariticipate in spring training drills, thereby pulling his quad.

    Finally, we just really stick it to him by guaranteeing that $2 mil for pretty much nothing. That completes our master plan to screw Ian Stewart.

    Really, I can't believe how badly he's had it

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Haha. Poor guy. We could all use that kind of bad treatment.

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    In reply to Zonk:

    Yep, that Theo and Jed are a regular Dr. Evil and Mini-me, and I guess Dale Sveum is Number Two.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Zonk, you sound like his lawyer or his press agent, whomever whines first.

  • I kinda wish you wouldn't have acknowledged the DB by writing an article about him, but I do see the value in it. This young man's particular history with the Cubs is a good way for fans to understand the importance of "make up" in a ballplayer. Players are not widgets. So many factors are involved when evaluating them. Stats, projection, physical stature, make up, etc. None can be taken just by themselves. And yet not necessarily in equal proportion either. That's why I admire a well run organization so much. Until they prove differently, I think we have one of those here.

  • In reply to Bill:

    Not my normal article and usually I do ignore the noise, but I think what got me was when he was taking shots at management and even a teammate.

    And great points on evaluating players.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    It wasn't your normal type of article, but still well written as usual. And needed to be written. I'm glad you did. I'm certainly not defending him, but I took his comment " back up" differently. He first said "they wouldn't call me up", then said "back up". I think he was correcting himself. Or rather trying to emphasize that he is already an established MLBer by saying called "back up" as opposed to called up(like it was his first call up ever and he's just a MiLBer. Maybe I'm wrong. Lol. But either way he's a stroke.

  • In reply to Bill:

    Thanks and I can see that as far as "back up". I hedged my bets on my interpretation in the article and I'm glad I did. Your interpretation might be the right one.

  • Ian retweeted one of my tweets from @nickdib123 when i called him out saying that the 2 million didnt buy any loyalty. Im not really sure why he wouldve wanted to retweet that he mustve thought i was way off

  • In reply to nickdib123:

    I saw that and I found it odd too. I think he thought you were supporting him. Based on he thought you were tweeting about the Cubs loyalty, it's another thinly veiled shot at management by him.

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    At this point I'd rather have the disable kid that Arizona picked in the draft to be a part of the Cubs organization than Ian Stewart. I would not release him in any way, nor would I play his ass.

    There are millions of kids that would love the opportunity the Cubs gave Stewart. They basically gave him the starting 3B job and he did everything in his power to throw it away. Let's just call it a mistake and move on!

    Move Forward The Cubs Way!!!

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    This little disaster has just hit the no-win stage. I'm sure the Cubs would be only too happy to release him, but if they do, they've established that the way you get released and keep your money is by trashing the manager and management. So he has to stick around. Of course, at this point, I want his brand of corruption nowhere near young guys like Logan Watkins and Junior Lake who may actually contribute in the near future, so you don't want him on the Iowa team (or any minor league team). To pay him $2 million to sit in his living room seems insane.

    Paul Sullivan says a fine and suspension are coming. (Jed sounds genuinely livid in his comments.) I wonder if they can fine him $2 million.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Glad that Hoyer has had enough. I know I have.

  • I have also been rooting for him to get it together. But gee whiz, this is getting absurd.

    I would love to hear from Mr. Stewart his argument for why he thinks he deserves a call up. Was all this after the one good day at the plate?

    Didn't he spend most of that three million dollar year not letting anyone know his wrist hurt? Or am I confused about that?

  • This is what frustrating with the Ian Stewart problem and I completely concur with Jed Hoyer statement

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

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    In reply to Paris:

    ....I bet behind closed doors, Jed's comments are MUCH stronger, and probably R-rated. Reading between the lines in GM speak, which is always very measured, they are really pissed. As they should be.

    I would love for him to say what's REALLY on his mind, but he can't; that comes with being a GM

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Would love to be a fly on the wall there.

  • You win some, you lose some. This wasn't a win. The Cubs FO has established a good track record of looking at players' character, IMO, before they take him on, but this wasn't a win. If Stewart can eventually straighten himself out, then good for him, but it won't be this year, and it won't be with the Chicago Cubs. He has some growing up to do. Time to move on.

  • I have a crazy idea in my head but could this possibly work? Call Ian up for like 20 minutes to the majors then DFA him again and maybe he'll turn it down and become a free agent.

  • Jed made that comment on the score. You could tell Jed was just livid with his voice tone. I hope they stick it where the sun don't shine.

  • I know I don't speak too much of myself personally on the blog other than my affinity for scotch and my life long love for baseball but I think a bit of my background is relevant here.

    Prior to becoming a full-time writer, I was a Training and Development professional for a downtown Chicago company. The things Ian Stewart has said would be huge red flags for me in my old line of work. In fact, would I have known of an employee with these types of red flags before a hire, I would not have given my recommendation. In all honesty I would have been impressed with his ability but I'd have had genuine concerns about his production ever matching that ability.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John, I have HR & Psychology degrees. Worked in HR consulting for 20+ years and yes!... Stewart has lots of red flags!

    frankly so does Garza (whom I like) but garza doesn't spew the anti organizational nonsense that Stewart has

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    No wonder we think alike sometimes ;)

  • I worked in Chicago my whole life. Any stuff like this would have been termination now!!!! But I hope they can fine him a great amount. He will be out of Baseball soon, no one will want to hire this LOSER!!!!!!!!!

  • Maybe the Cubs can reassign him to AZ where he can work out by himself and build up his stamina by running the stadium seats everyday til the end of the season. (got the idea from the movie "One on One" with Robbie Bensen)

  • In reply to SouthsideB:

    Haha! Robby Benson movie? I think that's a first!

  • Ian has played the MLB union to the MAX. I was hoping for good results also, and don't blame the FO. There are just some of these people in our world, that want everything for nothing!

  • In reply to Cubs26:

    Yep. I'm not sure what more Stewart could have asked for. He got $2M and an opportunity. I have more respect right now for Zambrano and he got less than that from the Phillies and he's making the most of it so far.

  • It's a privilege to play MLB. How many on this board would love to put on a Cubs uniform and stand in the batters box at Wrigley Field? What a shame to see talent wasted by immaturity and a refusal to take personal responsibility for ones actions.

  • Bad leadership? We had a massive organizational hole at 3B. Now, in less than one year, we are absolutely flush with talent at the 3rd base position.

    And, that does NOT include Ian Stewart, as talented as he may or may not be.

    Anyone remember how Shark sacrificed his girlfriend to focus on becoming a great Major League pitcher? Can you imagine people's impressions of him if he wanted to spend more time with his girlfriend, or talked about how "chill" and cool the minor leagues were, and how the Cubs screwed him by starting him out as a reliever and not a starter?

    This is clearly a case of a guy who overestimates his present value.

    Certainly, riding the pine in the minor leagues is not what Stewart had in mind. You can't blame him for being mad about that.

    However, words do mean things. Actions speak even louder. It might be hard for him to get playing time right now, but the best way to force the issue is on the field, not by using outlets such as Twitter.

    Worst case, if you have to ride the pine all year, then you test free agency next year. But, if he has the talent he think he has, and if he shuts his mouth, he is going to get opportunities as the season progresses.

    Some players do things like, I don't know, maybe offering to learn new positions or work on things that could get them into a ballgame.

    Smart people realize that words can and will be used against you, and no court of law is even required. If Ian Stewart wants to right the ship, and I do truly wish him well, it's going to be his actions that propel him forward, not his words.

  • Wow, and to think I was excited when the Cubs acquired Stewart. Can you imagine the prima donna this guy would have become if he ever achieved anything more than a couple good-not-incredible seasons at AAA?

    Ian, you sir have a career 87 wRC+. 100 wRC+ plus is an average ballplayer on offense. As a below-average ballplayer, you should count your lucky stars that you could make two million dollars. My suggestion is to take some of your money and try to buy yourself some perspective.

  • Brett Jackson ‏@TheBJacks 4m
    On the contrary @IAN_STEWART_2sc is one of the best teammates & clubhouse guys i have played w/. great person & friend. #nothingelse2write?

    Don't do it Brett...

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    Oh I disagree with Jackson here. Being a good friend and being a good employee are two different things. Nobody is saying Ian Stewart isn't a good person or friend. What we are saying is he's not a good person to have in the organization.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    True, but I still agree with North Side Irish. The fact that three other players, including an important piece in Matt Garza, are coming to his defenses in an almost defiant "us vs. them" mode makes me worry that this issue could become bigger than it already has.

    Stewart is going to get a kick in the behind. I just hope it doesn't get to the point where others need it too.

  • In reply to Matt Mosconi:

    Yeah, can't say I'm comfortable with those guys sticking up for him right now.

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    In reply to North Side Irish:

    This, IMO, is the problem with keeping him in Iowa. He's a good friend and everyone loves him -- and when he bitches about Dale and Theo/Jed, young players are likely to take his side.

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    BJax is probably especially vulnerable to Ian's sense of entitlement, considering BJax was a big-time prospect whose star isn't as bright as it once was (which is what happened with Ian). Hopefully the passing of Stewart will be like the passing of gas on a windy day and leave no remnants.

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    Garza also came to Stewart's defense last night. Doesn't mean Garza's a bad guy.

  • If somebody gave me all that money for doing next to nothing I might conclude that they had "leadership" issues too. But I hope I would have enough grace and sense to only say it to myself.

  • In reply to bruno14:

    Ha! I like the logic.

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    You can't let a bad egg like Stewart be around impressionable kids. Just release him and move on.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    I think the Cubs should fine him, recoup some money (even it's only a nominal, symbolic amount) and let him go. He's not worth saving a million dollars or whatever else he's owed.

    Oddly, it seems to me that Stewart would claim victory if he were able to keep the $1M in exchange for sabotaging his own career.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Yeah he doesn't seem very bright. The Cubs are paying him that money whether he's at Iowa or sitting at home. I'd rather he not set a bad example and fill the kids heads with nonsense about the organization. Hopefully Ricketts and Theo are smart enough to realize that, but they have kept him this long, so who knows.

    On to other things. John, how about monthly write ups focusing on each minor league team? Instead of just the daily/weekly organizational prospect stuff.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    On the minor leagues: Do you mean in addition to or instead of?

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I'm also one who was kind of excited or at least happy that he was acquired. If the Cubs had an open roster spot I would say add him to the roster, then release/DFA him again immediately. Just tell him the ball is back in his court, you want out refuse the assignment. He would except it and show what kind of person he really is.

    It would never happen but it would be funny if it did.

  • In reply to Zippy2212:

    Peter Gammons said they should send him to AZ until he opts out of his contract.

  • Just sad really. I had high hopes for him, I mean even after the surgery I still thought he'd be a decent platoon partner, but the guy is just a total goon.

    That trade doesn't look so hot now, even if LeMahieu ends up a career utility guy and Colvin a AAAA player it just looks like a complete mistake. Weathers probably isn't even playing anymore, and now we have this headcase.

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    This might just be me, but one aspect of this whole debacle that gets to me the most are all of the "Cubs fans" who are supporting Stewart on Twitter and even saying that he deserves a call up or something along the lines of him being a "big league baller, not a AAA baller." I find it hard to believe that as a fan of an organization, you would stand up for a player who is basically bad mouthing that organization. I just don't get it.

  • In reply to Eric Maher:

    hitting.164 in a notorious hitters league isn't even worth commenting on. good lord, Micah Hoffpaur was 3 times the player in the IL as Stewart is now. This guy sounds like a lifetime welfare case, who thinks everyone owes him a living. Not on my dime.

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    By the way, Swewart is currently apologizing on Twitter.

  • Three part canned apology...

    BeefStew2 ‏@IAN_STEWART_2sc 2m
    I want to apologize to the entire Cubs organization for my comments on twitter .

    BeefStew2 ‏@IAN_STEWART_2sc 2m
    I let my frustrations get the best of me and in no way want to be a distraction.

    BeefStew2 ‏@IAN_STEWART_2sc 2m
    I am focused on getting back to the big leagues and am working everyday to make that happen.

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    Question for those with some semi-pro or pro experience: if there is an anti-management mood at Iowa, does Marty Pevey get some if the blame, or is it largely above his ability to influence?

  • Three part canned apology...FIXED

    BeefStew2 ‏@IAN_STEWART's AGENT_2sc 2m
    I want to apologize to the entire Cubs organization for my comments on twitter .

    BeefStew2 ‏@IAN_STEWART'S AGENT_2sc 2m
    I let my frustrations get the best of me and in no way want to be a distraction.

    BeefStew2 ‏@IAN_STEWART'S AGENT_2sc 2m
    I am focused on getting back to the big leagues and am working everyday to make that happen.

    As we all know, his agent worte these for them (he may have typed them, that the is only amount of input he had)

    This guy is so dumb, he couldnt spell cat if you spotted him the C-A.

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    In reply to Behn Wilson:

    I doubt Stewart typed them because the spelling mistakes are missing. Not belittling him, just pointing out he uses a combo of Twitter shorthand along with some spelling mistakes in every post. These have none of those.

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    The point of Dale not liking him is likely true. Dale clearly likes Valbuena saying he put great swings on he ball but fouls it off....
    Yet he never says a positive thing about Castro and you can see Castro is not enjoying the game, he looks beat down to me. Yes, I brought Castro into a convo that has absolutely nothing to do with him.

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    It occurs to me, there's another issue with guys like Garza and Jackson jumping to Stewart's defense. Stewart has taken a direct shot at Valbuena here. Valbuena is a productive member of this team, and when he sees his teammates supporting a guy who has just ripped him, how is he supposed to react?

    This really does suggest that things are pretty bad behind closed doors. I wonder if Dale is on thinner ice than we think.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Didn't Jackson recently make a comment to the effect "go ask the manager, I'm sure he'll put it out there." I think they are getting tired of how little he praises anyone publically bit is quick to put negativity out there. There's a fine line between being tough and being a jerk.

  • Memo to Ian Stewart-if you didn't SUCK so badly maybe youd be in a Major league uniform. Right now, you look like one of the castoffs from the 1989 "major league" movie. Only not succeeding.

  • My only complaint with the Cubs management, is they are slow to admit their mistakes(which every team makes), and rectify them. It is foolish to have this loser around any of your young players.
    Rule number one of business, make your mistakes fast ones. Cut your losses and move on.

  • Alcohol Treatment Program. This man is in serious trouble.

  • according to another site, he has been suspended without pay. not sure for how long.

  • In reply to Zippy2212:

    I saw the original tweets but just put it in my Game Notes article. News is moving fast today.

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    ESPN has a story up on it now with quotes from Hoyer:

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9366243/chicago-cubs-gm-jed-hoyer-ian-stewart-faces-consequences-tweets

  • Ahem, excuse me ladies & gents but,........ I told you so! This fool has played the Cubs for a pile of cash. Why anyone defended this guy after he abandoned his team mates and disappeared after last seasons injury is beyond me (remind anyone of A-Rod lounging poolside with a hot chick while on DL? Guess Ian couldn't get any chicks to hang with him.).

    Granted, the man has some talent, however that inflated ego kept getting in the way and now we finally see his true colors. Forgive me but, now that he has exposed himself, let's all move on. My suggestion John is to simply not report anymore about this egomaniac and focus your time and efforts on players who want to be Chicago Cubs.

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    In reply to jaxx51:

    Exactly. Now we know why Colorado got rid of him so easy. Well Jedstein can't hit a HR w every trade or signing.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com/2013/06/11/ian-stewart-twitter-denouement-an-apology-and-managerial-reaction/

  • I would think the tone and attitude that Stewart is using on the Cubs and Dale, would cancel his contract he signed for being insubordination.

    Stewart wanted to do rehab on his terms.......Cubs let him do it.

    Stewart wanted to play with the Cubs...........Cubs let him.

    I hope Stewart is not a big spender and saved the money he made in baseball......because in the long run, Stewart will end up as a sales clerk at a Dollar Store with the lack of working skills he has shown..

  • Sounds like he wants out of town (while still getting paid). He is trying the Gabe Carimi approach seeing that it worked in his case.

  • In reply to Behn Wilson:

    Yarp. That was my read from his agent's comments. Maybe it was his plan all along when he accepted the minor league assignment.

  • These tweets were made at 2 am which also makes me question if he was not sober at the time. That could at least be a partial explanation for his lack of judgement shown here.

  • I find it interesting and, actually not surprising, that BJax would come to Stewie's defense. He also struck me last year of acting entitled to a roster spot on the Cubs and was a bit petulant about not getting it. What's even more maddening is that Sveum took extra time with BJax to retool his swing this spring, and now these two buddies who've benefitted by the organizations' generosity are quick to complain when things don't go their way. I can assure them, Garza, Castro, or anyone else that might develop a rotten attitude about the way Sveum or the FO treats them that airing their opinions will not get them far. Baseball affords them a fantastic lifestyle and there are plenty of other players to take their place.

  • Theo responded to reporters about this, and seemed pretty level headed about it. The short of it "He screwed up, he apologized, there's going to be discipline but we're still hoping he turns it around."

    http://wapc.mlb.com/chc/play/?content_id=27935099&topic_id=8878538&c_id=chc

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