Cubs suspend Ian Stewart indefinitely without pay

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It’s not a good idea to question your boss on Twitter.

As first relayed by beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs have suspended Ian Stewart indefinitely without pay for breaking the loyalty clause in his contract during his Twitter rant late Monday night about the organization.

“Probably never,” the third baseman wrote when a Twitter follower asked him when he was going to be promoted back to the major leagues. “The Cubs are done with me,” Stewart continued. “There [sic] going to let me rott [sic] in AAA all season and then non tender me after. … I think (manager Dale Sveum) doesn’t like me and he’s running the show.”

All of those tweets, by the way, are still up on Stewart’s personal Twitter feed. He did apologize this afternoon in a series of new tweets, but that was just before his suspension was officially announced.

Stewart is batting just .164/.279/.345 with 43 strikeouts in 39 games this season at Triple-A.

Max Scherzer reaches 300 strikeouts on the season

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Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out his 300th batter of the season on Tuesday night against the Marlins. Austin Dean was the victim, swinging and missing at a 3-2 curve for the second out in the seventh inning.

Scherzer’s 2018 is the seventh 300-strikeout season since 2000. The others: Chris Sale (308; 2017 Red Sox), Clayton Kershaw (301; 2015 Dodgers), Randy Johnson (334; 2002 Diamondbacks), Curt Schilling (316; 2002 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (372; 2001 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (347; 2000 Diamondbacks). It’s the 67th 300-strikeout season dating back to 1883.

At the conclusion of the seventh, Scherzer had held the Marlins to a run on four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. He entered the start 17-7 with a 2.57 ERA across 213 2/3 innings. Jacob deGrom will almost certainly win the NL Cy Young Award, but Scherzer’s 2018 has been outstanding.