Indians closer Chris Perez deleted his Twitter account on Monday, shortly after giving up a home run in the ninth inning of a 10-8 win over Seattle.
On Tuesday, he released a statement about his actions, saying:
"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 we'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."
Perez was a lightning rod for criticism the past year and a half. The outspoken pitcher blasted fans for not coming out to Progressive Field despite challenging for first place.
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