Note to professional athletes – Twitter is not a place where you want to express any personal thoughts.
That’s what Chicago Cubs minor league infielder Ian Stewart is learning this morning after the six year MLB veteran reposed to a fans question last evening, which eventually lead to a (relatively truthful) mini rant.
Stewart was asked by a Cubs fan if he had heard any rumors as to when he’d be returning to Chicago to which he replied with “probably never.” It could have stopped there, but, Stewart continued, blaming Cubs manager Dale Sveum for keeping him in Triple-A, saying that the club was letting him “rot” and that the Cubs should just “release me”.
In fairness to Stewart, politically incorrect as some of his answers may have been, he didn’t really say anything very harmful but it was still more than enough reason for the Cubs to punish him, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune:
Triple-A Iowa third baseman Ian Stewart faces a fine and possible suspension by the Chicago Cubs for his Twitter rant about his status in the organization.
But he will not be released, as Stewart suggested himself during a late night tweet to his followers.
The Cubs were upset about Stewart’s comments, but would not say what the punishment would be.
Stewart, who has been with the Cubs since 2012 was at one time thought to the the Colorado Rockies third baseman of the future, something that never materialized unfortunately.
The 28-year-old infielder is currently hitting just .164 with 4 home runs and 19 RBI through 39 games with the Cubs’ Iowa affiliate.
You can read the entire Twitter rant here.