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Chris Perez: “I want to minimize any potential off-the-field distraction”

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Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez released an official statement following the much-discussed deactivation of his Twitter account.

“The decision to deactivate my Twitter account was a personal choice I made in order to maintain the greater focus on the success of the team this season and our shared goals moving forward.

We have an extremely positive and supportive group of players, coaches and staff members in our clubhouse and I want to participate in activities and routines that contribute positively to the culture weโ€™re building here.

Out of respect for my teammates, I want to minimize any potential off-the-field distractions so this is the only time I will comment on this topic. Thank you for your understanding.โ€

Perez deleted his account following Cleveland’s 10-8 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday afternoon. The two-time All-Star allowed his third home run in two consecutive outings which led to a slew of personal attacks via the microblogging platform.

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  • Steve

    Thank you to the animals who get their rocks off by being anonymous internet tough guys.

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  • Steve

    Bastian’s twitter feed sums it up well. The abuse is highly unwarranted and undeserved even if Perez’s comments were wrong (and they weren’t).

  • Amen.

  • thenoclist

    Hey idiot, the final score of that game was 10-8, not 9-7. Now go kill yourself. Signed, everyone.

  • Says anonymous Internet tough guy.

  • DCTribeFan

    Most of these losers are high school numbnuts who’d get slapped my their mother for dropping the FBomb…so they do it on twitter.
    And one of them is a mid-20s hipster who works at a fast food joint and has a “boo”.
    There outta be a license exam for Twitter.

  • Hopwin

    Are we feeling sorry that the man who cussed out, mocked and belittled two fans in Oakland last year (YouTube it) was getting yelled at on Twitter?

  • Harv 21

    You assume people consider Perez’s tweets a “nice thing.” But no worries if you like hearing his fascinating ruminations. He’s proven he won’t shut his mouth for long.

  • nj0

    Are you feeling sorry for the fans who actively taunted him and received treatment in kind?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Do you have a Twitter account if so I’m joining immediately?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    No religious talk please. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I like this putting the team first shows me a little something. I’m also guessing the Indians perhaps led by Terry Francona may have had a little something to do with Mr. Perez’s decision. Either way like I always say, “Twitter is for the shi$$er!”

  • JK

    Neither.

  • Steve

    His twitter feed was a nice thing. A player willing to communicate with the fan base and give away free tickets is a plus.

  • Steve

    At least someone thinks I’m tough.

    Here’s the issue, people conflate someone saying something they don’t like with someone being an a-hole. Everything I say here, I’d say to your face. I’d like to see the twitter crowd call Perez names to his face.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    And you’d still be an a-hole LoL!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Frank Hermann gives away free tickets and he’s not even playing. Go join his Twitter!

  • Steve

    I know you’re just trolling, but I’m not saying that Perez’s twitter feed, by itself, was a nice thing. But that so many athletes are willing to directly communicate with fans is pretty cool, even if it’s just a fringe guy like Hermann, and not your multiple all star.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yep…3,880 comments and the name Shamrock but finally someone with unparalleled intelligence and the ability to effectively communicate such as yourself Steven, yes, you caught me…I’m trolling!

  • Hopwin

    ^What he said. You dish it, better be able to take it. Go watch that video again, CP was a raging d-bag.