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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

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

 

 

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