Why don you talk about it during the season when it

stealing scandal whistleblower

OAKLAND Mike Fiers, the Major League Baseball pitcher who was the whistleblower in the Houston Astros sign stealing scheme, has said that he has received death threats.

I don care, Fiers said to theSan Francisco Chronicleon Thursday. dealt with a lot of death threats before. It just another thing on my plate. who currently pitches for the Oakland Athletics, said to the Chronicle that he not concerned about his safety but that he is always concerned about his family safety.

In a November 12 story inThe Athletic, Fiers said the Astros had engaged in sign stealing methods in 2017 that violated MLB rules. Fiers pitched for the Astros in 2017, the year Houston defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the franchise first World Series. The Athletic report with Fiers on the record comments spurred MLB to launch its investigation, which found that the Astros illegally created a system that decoded and communicated the opposing teams pitching signs to their own players.

On Tuesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was asked if the league was concerned about Fiers safety and, if so, what steps would be taken, particularly when the A play in Houston this season.

will take every possible step to protect Mike Fiers wherever he playing, whether it in Houston or somewhere else, Manfred said at a press conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

## ## want to be really clear about this. Mike, who I do not know at all, did the industry a service. I do believe that we will be a better institution when we emerge at the end of this episode, and without a Mike Fiers, we probably would had a very difficult time cleaning this up. It would taken longer. I think we would done it eventually, but it would taken a lot longer. And I have a real problem with anybody who suggests that Mike did anything other than the right thing. MLB protection, Fiers said Wednesday toThe Athletic: don know how they would. added, not asking for extra security. I here to play baseball and I can defend myself, if anything. We do have National League games and I going to have to get into the box (to hit) just like everybody else. It part of the game. If they decide to throw at me, then they throw at me. There nothing much you can do about it. also said, according to The Athletic: dealt with a lot in my life. I dealt with people hating me before. I dealt with a lot of life problems. It is what it is. And if someone going to retaliate then by hitting me with a pitch, it not a big deal. are strong opinions on either side when it comes to Fiers. One of those against him is former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, who said on Thursday that Fiers looks like a for going public on the Astros scandal.

mad at this guy, the pitcher that came out talking about it, Ortiz said at Red Sox spring training at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.

let me tell you why. Oh, after you make your money, after you get your ring, you decide to talk about it. Why don you talk about it during the season when it was going on? Why you didn say, don want to be no part of it? So you look like you a snitch. asked if he might consider returning his World Series ring, Fiers said he currently has no plans to do so unless it mandated for the 2017 team to do that.

said from the beginning, not away from this. I was part of that team, I was one of those guys,’ Fiers said to the Chronicle. fines I willing to take as much punishment as they do. If they ask me to (return the ring), it not the end of the world.

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