Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers, who uncovered the Houston Astros’ technique of electronically stealing indicators within the 2017 season, has acknowledged receiving “threats of bodily violence,” in response to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Fiers was a member of the Astros in 2017. Whereas he mentioned he is unconcerned about his personal security, he informed the Chronicle he does fear for his household however sounded resigned to getting public backlash from some.
“No matter, I do not care,” Fiers mentioned, in response to the newspaper. “I’ve handled quite a lot of loss of life threats earlier than. It is simply one other factor on my plate.”
In a narrative in The Athletic on Wednesday, Fiers mentioned he has no real interest in further safety from Main League Baseball after commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned this week the league is worried for the pitcher’s security. He additionally mentioned he’ll be ready on the sphere.
“I am right here to play baseball and I can defend myself, if something,” Fiers mentioned, in response to The Athletic. “We do have Nationwide League video games, and I will should get into the field (to hit) identical to everyone else. It is a part of the sport. In the event that they resolve to throw at me, then they throw at me. There’s nothing a lot you are able to do about it.”
Fiers was 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA in 29 appearances (28 begins) for the 2017 Astros. He didn’t pitch within the playoffs that 12 months because the staff went on to a championship. At 34, he’s getting into his 10th main league season.
If punishment for the 2017 Astros ever included handing again championship rings, certainly one of which Fiers obtained, he mentioned he can be superb with that.
“I mentioned from the start, ‘I am not away from this. I used to be a part of that staff, I used to be a kind of guys,'” Fiers mentioned. “Suspensions, fines — I am keen to take as a lot punishment as they do. In the event that they ask me to (return the ring), it is not the top of the world.”
Whereas former Boston Purple Sox participant David Ortiz known as Fiers a “snitch” this week, Manfred mentioned he appreciated the pitcher’s candor concerning the Astros’ sign-stealing plan.
“I wish to be actually clear about this: Mike, who I have no idea in any respect, did the business a service,” Manfred mentioned. “I do consider we shall be a greater establishment after we emerge on the finish of this episode, and and not using a Mike Fiers, we most likely would have a really troublesome time cleansing this up. I feel we’d have carried out it will definitely, however it will have taken loads longer.
“I’ve an actual downside with anybody who means that Mike did something however the precise factor.”
–Area Degree Media