Pedro Martinez slams Mike Fiers for blowing whistle on Astros’ value-stealing blueprint

By | January 23, 2020

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Baseball Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez slammed Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers for blowing the whistle on the Houston Astros’ value-stealing scandal, which led to the departures of three separate managers and a general supervisor.

Fiers, who pitched for the Astros at some level of their 2017 World Series championship season, within the foundation instructed The Athletic about the blueprint the team had situation up. Martinez blasted Fiers over the weekend on the Boston Purple Sox’s fan posthaste, per WEEI radio.

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“If he was to construct it when he was taking half in for the Houston Astros I’d recount Mike Fiers has guts. But to mosey and construct it after you permit the Houston Astros because they don’t get you anymore, that doesn’t direct me anything,” Martinez acknowledged. “You’re moral a low teammate.”

Martinez explained that Fiers broke the clubhouse guidelines and shouldn’t get come out about the blueprint.

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Mike Fiers was on the Astros in 2017. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Fiers was on the Astros in 2017. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

“Even as you occur to direct me that Mike Fiers is coming to my team and in addition you already threw your team below the bus, the team that you just dilapidated to play for … Now all people is conscious of you are going to get a whistle-blower in every other field, too,” the retired World Series champion acknowledged. “No topic happens within the clubhouse stays within the clubhouse and Fiers broke the guidelines. I accept as true with cleaning up the sport. I agree [with] the truth that the commissioner is taking a not easy hand on this, but, on the the same time, gamers ought to easy not be the one shedding the whistle-blower.

“Even as you occur to can also get integrity you get ways to direct all people within the clubhouse, ‘Hello, shall we obtain in bother for this. I don’t are looking out to be portion of this.’ You call your GM. You direct him. Otherwise you call anybody you can well presumably or MLB or any person and recount, ‘I don’t are looking out to be portion of this.’ Otherwise you direct the team, ‘Score me out of here, I don’t are looking out to be portion of this.’ Then you definately direct me one thing. But within the event you permit Houston — and presumably you didn’t accept as true with Houston ought to you left — and you then mosey and tumble the total team below the bus, I don’t belief you. I obtained’t belief you because did get that rule.”

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Outdated Astros supervisor Jeff Luhnow denied rapid-witted of the team’s value-stealing blueprint in which a digital camera was situation up in Minute Maid Park’s centerfield and a video feed was relayed to the clubhouse. A participant or team employee would then bang on a rubbish can to alert the batter of the incoming pitch.

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A.J. Hinch acknowledged that he didn’t construct sufficient to shut it. Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran had been implicated as the ringleaders of the operation. Beltran was the suitable participant from the 2017 team named in Capture Manfred’s ruling final week.