Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers says he has received death threats as a result of the whistling of the Houston sign-staling scheme that recently affected the 2017 World Series title of that club.
“I don’t care,” said Fiers, now a member of the Oakland Athletics San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. “I have had to deal with many death threats before. It’s just something else on my plate.
“If I’m worried about retribution,” he added, “I’m not ready for the season.”
Athletic pitcher Mike Fiers says he has received death threats as a result of the whistling of the Houston sign-staling scheme that recently affected the 2017 World Series title of that club. Fiers was a member of the Astros that season and witnessed cheating
The safety of Fiers – both on and off the field – has been a topic of discussion during spring training after 34-year-old powerful details about the Astros sign-stealing system that used a midfield camera to intercept signals from opposing catchers.
His comments against The Athletic last November led to sanctions against his former club, while Fiers critics attacked him for violating the “unwritten rules” of baseball.
An MLB investigation also revealed that in 2018 the team again stole characters wrong
Although many players have focused their anger on the Astros, Fiers is expected to face some setback for revealing club secrets to the media.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that “we will take all possible steps to protect Mike Fiers wherever he plays, whether it is in Houston or anywhere else.”
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “STEEL SIGNS”?
In baseball, catchers indicate the type of pitch that the pitcher must throw by having their throwing hand flash a series of characters between their knees while squatting behind the plate.
One of those characters will be an indicator that typically precedes the specific pitch call. Traditionally, one finger means ‘fastball’, while two fingers mean ‘ball breaking’, but modern teams have more complex hand signals.
Tickling is a legal and time-honored part of baseball, as long as it happens to the naked eye, for example by a runner who is in second place. The use of technology is forbidden, and that is what the Astros of 2017 and 2018 and the Red Sox of 2018 are accused.
Theoretically, a batter who knows the upcoming field would have a huge advantage.
However, Fiers does not think this will be necessary.
“I’m not asking for extra security,” Fiers told The Athletic. ‘I am here to play baseball and I can defend myself if there is anything. We do have National League games, and like everyone else, I have to step into the box.
‘That’s part of it. If they decide to throw at me, they throw at me. You can’t do much about it. “(Oakland plays in the American League, which uses a designated batter instead of pitchers, so Fiers can only be hit by opponents during inter-league play, when athletics are confronted with opponents of the National League)
Players surrounding the majors criticize the sign-steal schedule of Astros, and some say their 2017 World Series crown must be abandoned.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch was fired in the consequences of the scandal, and it also led to the farewell of the Red Sox with manager Alex Cora (then the bank coach of Houston) and the New York Mets that went beyond the recently hired manager Carlos Beltran (a player from Houston at the time). Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow was also fired.
Luhnow and Hinch were suspended by MLB, which also imposed a $ 5 million fine on the franchise and deprived the team in the first and second seasons of the first picks in the first two seasons.
Mike Fiers celebrates with his Houston teammates at the clubhouse after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dogdgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium
The Red Sox 2018, which was managed by Cora, is also being investigated for a character-stealing scheme. The findings of MLB are expected to be announced next week.
Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who retired in 2016, accused Fiers of being a ‘snitch’ on Thursday.
“I am angry with this guy, the pitcher who came to talk about it,” said Ortiz, who now serves as assistant to Red Sox general manager Brian O’Halloran. “And let me tell you why.”
Mike Fiers celebrates on his way to the Astros after throwing a no-hitter and beats the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 at Minute Maid Park on August 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas
According to Ortiz, the point is that Fiers waited for him to reap the benefits of the Astros’ sign-stealing plan before he fell clean.
“After you’ve earned your money, after you’ve received your ring, you decide to talk about it,” Ortiz continued, talking to reporters at the Boston Spring Training Facility in Fort Myers, Florida. “Why don’t you talk about it during the season that it was going on? Why didn’t you say, “I don’t want to be part of it?”
“So you look like a snitch. Why do you have to talk about it afterwards? That is my problem. “
And it’s not just Fiers’ passivity that bothered Ortiz, who openly wondered why each player was silent while the schedule was being executed.
“The Houston Astros, I know they’ve put themselves in a situation and I just still don’t know why no one was like that,” That’s wrong. “I just don’t know how nobody says anything about it – during, not after,” said Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season. “I was in the clubhouse for a long time and something like that never comes up.”
Fiers has since pitched for the Detroit Tigers and the Athletics, with whom he put together a career-best 15-4 record in 33 starts last season. He threw his second no-hitter career and finished with a 3.90 ERA.
Eight months after the shooting in his native Dominican Republic, Ortiz addressed Red Sox players who nearly killed him.
Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who retired in 2016, accused Fiers of being a ‘snitch’