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The saga began late Monday night when Stewart answered a fan’s question about when he would return to the Cubs with two words: “Probably never.”
That quickly escalated into some perceived whining about his status in Iowa: “I meant they might as well release me since I have no shot at a call-up.”
Explaining why he thought the Cubs didn’t want him up, he mentioned manager Dale Sveum: “I think Dale doesn’t like me and he’s running the show.” He also tweeted the Cubs “are done with me” and are “going to let me ROTT (sic) in AAA all season and then non tender me after.” He told one fan it was “more fun” in Triple A, and also re-tweeted someone who wrote the Cubs had “terrible leadership.”
The Cubs were not surprised Stewart vented on Twitter, but the shots at Sveum were particularly galling to Epstein.
“It’s pretty obvious that it’s not appropriate to criticize your manager in your organization on Twitter,” he said.
Sveum said it was “unfortunate that people have to vent their frustrations through social media,” calling it “unprofessional.”
As for whether he disliked Stewart, Sveum responded: “I liked him enough to be in his court to bring him back. Everybody doesn’t (always) like me. That’s the way it is.”