New York Mets catcher Josh Thole placed the Twitter account he started during spring training on waivers for the purpose of its unconditional release.

Like the team as a whole, Thole has been struggling through this point in the 2011 Major League Baseball season, and he told The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., that being reminded of it constantly by his Twitter followers wasn’t helping.

Thole told the newspaper Twitter feedback he received included name-calling, hitting advice, and other negative sentiment, adding, “I thought this was supposed to be fun. They’re ruthless on there.”