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10:15 AM ET 06.15 | Ian Stewart's suspension for a violation of the loyalty clause in his contract is 10 days, a source said Friday. Stewart has appealed the suspension, which will cost him more than $110,000 if upheld. The Cubs suspended the Iowa third baseman without pay Tuesday for sending out late night tweets critical of the organization and manager Dale Sveum, accusing the Cubs of making him "rot" in Triple-A and saying they should release him. The Cubs have no intention of releasing Stewart and paying the remainder of his $2 million contract. The Cubs are trying to negotiate an out in which Stewart would be granted his free agency without getting the rest of his salary. It's possible Stewart eventually will win the grievance and the Cubs will be forced to make it a paid suspension, as happened in 2009 to Milton Bradley after he was suspended for the final 15 games.

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June 15, 2013  10:20 AM ET

The MLBPA won't stand for this.

June 15, 2013  10:35 AM ET

raise crwos and they will take out your eyes,,,

June 15, 2013  10:37 AM ET

there has to be a way or a form in fixin this players temper,,,,
teams can't control the players minds, but at the same time players should be more professionals,,,

June 15, 2013  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The MLBPA won't stand for this.

the league would do what they most do,,the cubs have to pay the player even if it means without playing time,,,,or else!!

June 15, 2013  11:20 AM ET

These dumb young kids are biting the hand that feeds them. But we have these dumb unions now days that are a royal pain in the butt.

June 15, 2013  12:05 PM ET

PHFFT. Are the Blackhawks playing yet?

June 15, 2013  12:23 PM ET

Ian Stewart was suspended without pay because he tweeted the truth, but in the Cubs eyes he violated his loyalty clause in his contract even though the Cubs weren't very loyal to Stewart. I guess that loyalty clause did not apply to the Cubs. My guess is the players union will get involved. The union will try to get Stewarts salary reinstated and force Cubs to release him. If this happens the Cubs will have egg on their faces, while having crow for lunch.

June 15, 2013  12:41 PM ET

How pathetically thin-skinned the Cubbies are to suspend a player for a few late night tweets! They should suspend Castro just as long for paying more attention to chewing sunflower seeds than he does to the game. They should have learned from the Bradley precedent that Stewart will end up getting paid anyway.

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June 15, 2013  09:31 PM ET
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The MLBPA won't stand for this.

Isn't that sadly true, probably.
The sense of entitlement among MLB players is wearing out fan loyalty.
Perform on the field or be gone!
No wonder the NFL is becoming a fan favorite. Players get the job done or get cut, no long term contracts except the initial guaranteed money.

June 16, 2013  02:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ian Stewart was suspended without pay because he tweeted the truth, but in the Cubs eyes he violated his loyalty clause in his contract even though the Cubs weren't very loyal to Stewart. I guess that loyalty clause did not apply to the Cubs. My guess is the players union will get involved. The union will try to get Stewarts salary reinstated and force Cubs to release him. If this happens the Cubs will have egg on their faces, while having crow for lunch.

No offense, but they are his employer. Right or wrong, how do you think your boss would handle it if you ripped the company you work for and your boss to the paper? Think you'd still be employed? NO.

 
June 16, 2013  02:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ian Stewart was suspended without pay because he tweeted the truth, but in the Cubs eyes he violated his loyalty clause in his contract even though the Cubs weren't very loyal to Stewart. I guess that loyalty clause did not apply to the Cubs. My guess is the players union will get involved. The union will try to get Stewarts salary reinstated and force Cubs to release him. If this happens the Cubs will have egg on their faces, while having crow for lunch.

How were the Cubs disloyal to Stewart?

They paid him to produce and he has failed to live up to his end of the bargain. Hence the demotion. Point is, he got paid and he got a chance. He just couldn't do anything with it.

The Cubs gave him more than he deserve, frankly, but I don't see how they were disloyal to Stewart at all. It's his own fault he was stuck in triple A. And honestly, what kind of **** do you have to be to whine about making 2 million bucks a year to play minor league baseball?

Gimme a break.

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