Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher

Syndicate

Mike Fiers Newsbeat

Friday, April 10, 2020

MLB.com: How Wilmer’s Tears Changed Baseball History

Many of us watched what went down at Citi Field the night of July 29, 2015, when Flores, then the Mets’ 23-year-old homegrown utility infielder, found out he had been traded and tried to hold back tears he couldn’t control. It was a rare, relatable glimpse into the human element of the Trade Deadline, a riveting presentation of baseball theater.

That moment, though, is even more important and engrossing with the benefit of retrospect. Whether Flores’ tears directly led to his swap getting spiked remains a matter of dispute. But that terminated trade has had bigger repercussions than the vast majority of deals that actually happened. Its ripple effects include the Mets winning the 2015 National League pennant with Yoenis Céspedes, the Brewers landing an uber-reliever named Josh Hader and Mike Fiers joining the Astros team whose sign-stealing scheme he would one day expose.

Great account assembled from talking to many people involved with these events.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Houston Astros 2017 World Series Champ Evan Gattis Takes Shot at Mike Fiers With Twitter Photo

Mike Fiers knew he’d face criticism from his former Houston Astros teammates, but he just couldn’t continue living a lie. This winter, Fiers revealed to The Athletic that the Astros illegally stole signs via cameras and trash cans during the 2017 season. As everyone knows, that was the very year Houston won the World Series. The end result saw the MLB find the Astros guilty of these claims, and those very players go on the defensive against Fiers.

Take Evan Gattis for example. The retired MLB catcher was on the 2017 Astros team that netted him his first ever World Series ring, albeit tainted.

On Friday, Gattis posted a photo of a Fiers-inspired Pilsner glass he purchased from Houston sports bar, The Flying Saucer. That glass had Fiers’ likeness on it with the quote “Snitches Get Stitches” underneath.

Charming fellow, isn’t he?

 

QLE Posted: March 28, 2020 at 12:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: code of silence, dirty rotten cheaters, evan gattis, mike fiers

Friday, February 21, 2020

David Ortiz: Mike Fiers looks like a ‘snitch’ for exposing Astros scandal

FORT MYERS, Fla.—Red Sox legend David Ortiz expressed his displeasure with Oakland A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, the whistleblower in the sign-stealing scandal that has engulfed baseball for the past few months, saying that the former Astros hurler should have said something in the moment about the infamous trash-can banging scheme instead of waiting until he was on another team.

“I’m mad at this guy, the pitcher who came out talking about it,” Ortiz said at JetBlue Park on Thursday. “And let me tell you why. Oh, after you make your money, after you get your ring, you decide to talk about it. Why don’t you talk about it during the season when it was going on? Why didn’t you say, ‘I don’t want to be no part of it? So you look like you’re a snitch. Why you gotta talk about it after? That’s my problem. Why nobody said anything while it was going on?”

Ortiz said he did not understand how nobody in the Astros clubhouse spoke out earlier about the cheating schemes being developed in Houston.

“The Houston Astros, I know they put themselves in a situation and I just still don’t know how come nobody was like, ‘That is wrong.’ I just don’t know how no one say something about it,” Ortiz said. “During, not after. I was in the clubhouse for a long time and never anything like that comes up. Now, they’re going to have to deal with that for a long time because it’s not only a situation that involves players. You’re talking about the whole franchise.”

There are things to say about this- but I’ll lead it to some of the rest of you to articulate them…...

 

QLE Posted: February 21, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, mike fiers, snitches get stitches

Astros whistleblower Mike Fiers says he’s received death threats but won’t give back his World Serie

In the ever-turning Houston Astros cheating saga, attention has now shifted back to Mike Fiers, the former Astros pitcher who blew the whistle on the entire cheating scheme.

Without Fiers speaking up about what he saw the Astros do in 2017, there’s a good chance the Astros never would have been disciplined by MLB and none of the daily drama we now find ourselves immersed in would be happening. With that, comes consequences and controversy.

In Fiers’ case, he’s told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser that he’s received death threats since becoming one of the central figures in what’s become one of the biggest scandals in baseball history.

As always, my apologies- the source article is behind a pay wall for me.

Feels telling about elements of sports culture in 2020, doesn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: February 21, 2020 at 12:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, mike fiers

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez doesn’t support Astros whistleblower Mike Fiers; ‘You’re just a bad te

Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez doesn’t support Astros whistleblower Mike Fiers, who now pitches for the Athletics.

“If he was to do it when he was playing for the Houston Astros, I would say Mike Fiers has guts,” Martinez said on WEEI on Saturday at Red Sox Winter Weekend. “But to go and do it after you leave the Houston Astros because they don’t have you anymore, that doesn’t show me anything. You’re just a bad teammate.”

Fiers, who pitched for the Astros in 2017, went on record with The Athletic to tell how the Astros used a center field camera to steal signs from opponents in 2017.

“Now everybody is going to know that you have a whistleblower in any other situation, too,” Martinez said. “Whatever happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse and Fiers broke the rules. I agree with cleaning up the game. I agree that the fact that the commissioner is taking a hard hand on this. But at the same time, players should not be the one dropping the whistleblower.”

Is there something you’d like to tell the rest of us, Pedro?

 

QLE Posted: January 22, 2020 at 12:32 AM | 134 comment(s)
  Beats: mike fiers, pedro martinez, whistleblowers

Friday, January 17, 2020

Column: Jessica Mendoza just gave ESPN a new reason to dump her when she criticized the whistleblowe

Baseball has been rocked by a cheating scandal, and you know what ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza said “doesn’t sit well with” her and makes her “sad for the sport”?

That former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic about the team’s elaborate system for stealing opposing catchers’ signs and alerting batters when a breaking ball was on the way.

Talk about a Mendoza line no one in baseball should go near. That’s crazy.

The sport’s integrity was compromised, yet Thursday on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo,” Mendoza said what made her queasy was that Fiers discussed it on the record with reporters Ken Rosenthal (no relation) and Evan Drellich.

Some commentary on a sordid addition to an already-sordid story.

 

QLE Posted: January 17, 2020 at 12:00 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jessica mendoza, mike fiers, whistleblowers

Monday, December 09, 2019

MLB: Is Mike Fiers a snitch? Depends on who you ask

The immediate fallout for Fiers appears to be minimal, beyond the news of the investigation and a date with a league investigator. Astros players and management have not publicly challenged his accusations. Opposing players — whether supportive of Fiers or not — have been silent, for the most part. As in the steroid era, omerta comes first, even at the expense of wins and paydays and fairness, and also in the interest of self-preservation. The Astros are not the only team to have tested the boundaries — drawn or assumed — of sign stealing. Public outrage may be cleansing. It also draws unwanted attention. Major League Baseball does seem to be in an investigative mood.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2019 at 03:25 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mike fiers

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Hero or snitch: Baseball has mixed feelings toward whistleblower Mike Fiers

Guardian or snitch, depends on the lighting.

Mike Fiers, the 34-year-old journeyman pitcher whose two career complete games are also no-hitters, one of those as a Houston Astro, nearly four weeks ago blew the whistle on a technology-driven, sign-stealing scheme allegedly run by those Astros. Major League Baseball has questioned dozens of potential perpetrators, accomplices and witnesses (including Fiers) in an investigation that threatens to expose the finest era in Astros history as, at best, suspicious.

Fiers pitched for the Astros for 2 1/2 seasons, the last in 2017, during which, he told The Athletic, the team devised and integrated a system that identified catchers’ signs and relayed them to hitters in the batter’s box. The Astros won the World Series. Fiers, whose ERA that season was 5.22 (and nearly 10 in the final two months), was not on the rosters for any of their three postseason series. He was non-tendered a month later. And, he told The Athletic, he spent the next two seasons warning teammates with the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A’s of the Astros’ deviousness.

This October, the Astros returned to the World Series. In November, Fiers went public. The league and the Astros might never be the same. Fiers, too.

An article of interest in considering the psychology concerning the reactions to whistleblowing- there are certain aspects to this that seem universal, as I’ve witnessed in my profession first-hand…..

 

QLE Posted: December 08, 2019 at 11:16 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, mike fiers, whistleblowers

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Harveys Wallbangers
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Newsblog“Is MLB Going to Be Able to Pull This Back?” Health Experts Break Down Baseball’s Plan
(2 - 2:22am, May 27)
Last: puck

NewsblogEmpty Stadium Sports Will Be Really Weird
(4124 - 2:14am, May 27)
Last: Mayor Blomberg

NewsblogMLB owners sending latest plan to MLBPA that includes sliding pay scale for players
(10 - 1:46am, May 27)
Last: Tin Angel

NewsblogOT – NBA CoronaThread 2020
(3039 - 1:31am, May 27)
Last: never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135

NewsblogMLB, players’ union are working to salvage season, and the next two weeks are critical
(5 - 11:35pm, May 26)
Last: Stevey

NewsblogGregg Jefferies complicated Mets’ failure looks different now
(52 - 10:28pm, May 26)
Last: DanG

NewsblogNoah Syndergaard offers fiery response to landlord's lawsuit: 'See you in court pal'
(64 - 9:29pm, May 26)
Last: Adam Starblind

NewsblogCrew chief: Umpire told Jeter he was tagged by Rolen in stolen base attempt
(159 - 9:19pm, May 26)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

NewsblogEx-Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang suspended one year by KBO for past DUIs
(1 - 7:46pm, May 26)
Last: flournoy

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread - Spring 2020
(244 - 6:30pm, May 26)
Last: KronicFatigue

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (May 2020)
(228 - 5:32pm, May 26)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

Newsblog'The Wild West:' MiLB Teams On Chopping Block Scramble To Find MLB Partner
(26 - 5:00pm, May 26)
Last: DL from MN

NewsblogMLB owners approve historic revenue-sharing plan amid coronavirus pandemic
(172 - 4:39pm, May 26)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

Newsblogcoronavirus and baseball collide in Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea
(5 - 3:13pm, May 26)
Last: Karl from NY

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-22-2020
(31 - 3:05pm, May 26)
Last: The Mighty Quintana

Page rendered in 1.1409 seconds
79 querie(s) executed