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Did the Indians scratch David Huff because of a tweet?

Jul 17, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

UPDATE: David Huff’s agent Jim McDowell informed Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com that his client will not be starting on Sunday. And, apparently, the tweet is to blame.

“If word got out about Huff possibly throwing a spot start on Sunday, it was not David’s doing. He did not post anything on Twitter about any of this, in fact his own account was terminated over a month ago. And if stuff gets out and circulates over the internet or Twitter, or whatever, well, welcome to 2010.
“Dave will be pitching for AAA Columbus tomorrow, apparently because this was such a big deal. He’ll continue to focus on making the necessary improvements and adjustments that will bring him back to the big leagues for what will be a long, successful career.”

Though Huff and his agent are denying it, an account belonging to @DHuff11 said otherwise on Friday. Regardless, that his innocent actions may have cost him a start on Sunday is patently absurd.
Friday, 7:30 PM: Triple-A Columbus hurler David Huff found out Friday that he was being recalled by the Indians to make a start on Sunday. Obviously excited about the news, he did what the typical 25-year-old with a twitter account would do:

DHuff11 Just got called up for a spot start Sunday against the Detriot Tigers at 1 pm EST. See you there!!

And he might have gotten away with it, too, except Indians reporter Anthony Castrovince picked it up and retweeted it, letting everyone know something the Indians weren’t ready to announce.
As a result, Huff’s status for Sunday is up in the air and his twitter account has been deleted. Indians pitching coach Tim Belcher told Castrovance the callup “may or may not happen” now.
Hopefully, the Indians will go easy on Huff. He wasn’t trying to break a story. He didn’t have a million people following him. He got some good news, and he wanted to let his friends and family know he had gotten a return ticket to the majors, even if it was for just a day. It wasn’t an offense that should cost him the callup.

  1. avg joe - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Sad story, this is pretty innocuous as far as twitter scandals go. Let the kid play!

  2. CYGNUS X-1 - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    they can’t be serious can they?they are going to hold it against a kid for being excited?no wonder the indians are losers!

  3. joshjs - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Isn’t Cleveland the team that has the special social media pressbox thing? You’d think they’d be sympathetic.

  4. nps6724 - Jul 17, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    He ruined the element of surprise! Now Cleveland’s chances of winning Sunday’s game have gone from 10% to 6%.

  5. Ditto65 - Jul 17, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    I think the Indians need to go in another direction – towards the 21st century.
    Stay Classy, HBT.

  6. CYGNUS X-1 - Jul 17, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    I hope the reporter who retweeted is happy about it. nice job buddy costing the guy a shot. but again the indians are complete idiots for doing this,maybe the guy will get lucky and get with a club that will give him a fair shot and not hold something like this against him.

  7. AxL - Jul 18, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    I hardly think it’s the reporter’s fault for … um … reporting something. This is just the Indians being the Indians.

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