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Sport Mike Fiers won't address the Astros cheating scandal, doesn't want to be distraction

04:50  25 january  2020
04:50  25 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Pedro Martinez: 'Fiers broke the rules' in the clubhouse

  Pedro Martinez: 'Fiers broke the rules' in the clubhouse Pedro Martinez agrees with Major League Baseball cleaning up the game and punishing the Houston Astros for illegal sign-stealing, but he doesn't like the way Mike Fiers went about his whistle-blowing. "If he was to do it when he was playing for the Houston Astros I would say Mike Fiers has guts. 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," the Hall of Fame pitcher"If he was to do it when he was playing for the Houston Astros I would say Mike Fiers has guts.

The Astros cheating scandal calls into question the fundamental values of the game. In 2019, Mike Fiers , at this point playing for a different organization, dropped the proverbial Yet it is traditional, and the collision of technology and tradition needs a bridge if we want to preserve aspects of the past that

Pedro Martinez said Mike Fiers should have revealed Astros ' cheating when he was with Houston, calls him "bad teammate" for sharing after he left. Add Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez to the list of current and former players who aren' t happy with the way baseball's sign-stealing scandal originated.

The baseball world waited with anticipation Friday. Mike Fiers, the whistle blower whose comments sparked Major League Baseball's investigation into the Houston Astros sign-stealing scheme, was scheduled to speak publicly for the first time since telling all to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

a man holding a baseball glove: A's pitcher Mike Fiers, who blew the whistle on the Houston Astros sign-stealing scheme, is refusing to comment further on the situation. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports A's pitcher Mike Fiers, who blew the whistle on the Houston Astros sign-stealing scheme, is refusing to comment further on the situation. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Let’s just say it wasn’t what most people were expecting or hoping for.

Fiers, citing his desire to move on and not create a distraction for his current team, the Oakland Athletics, elected to address the matter by not addressing it at all.

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The Astros fired general manager Jeff Lunhow and manager AJ Hinch after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's report detailing illegal sign-stealing by Houston “If he was to do it when he was playing for the Houston Astros I would say Mike Fiers has guts. But to go and do it after you leave the Houston

If baseball is ever going to be free of cheating scandals , change has to start with the players. Next: “If he was to do it when he was playing for the Houston Astros I would say Mike Fiers has guts. But to go and do it after you leave the Houston Astros because they don’ t have you anymore, that doesn ’ t

The 34-year-old right-hander has been commended by some and chastised by others for blowing the whistle on his former team. Fiers was part of the Astros rotation from 2015-2017. His final season in Houston earned him a World Series championship ring. It’s also when Fiers says the Astros were illegally stealing catchers’ signs using a live video feed, a television monitor, a bat and a trash can.

The league immediately launched an investigation and ultimately found enough evidence to hand down a harsh penalty. Manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were each suspended for the entire 2020 season. Owner Jim Crane quickly fired both as a result. The Astros also lost their top two picks in the next two drafts and were fined $5 million.

Mike Fiers won't address the Astros cheating scandal, doesn't want to be distraction

  Mike Fiers won't address the Astros cheating scandal, doesn't want to be distraction Mike Fiers won't address the Astros cheating scandal, doesn't want to be distractionLet’s just say it wasn’t what most people were expecting or hoping for.

Former Astros ace becomes first player to apologize for team’s sign-stealing scandal . “When the stuff was going on, it was never intended to be what it’s made to be right now.” While Keuchel apologized multiple times, he downplayed the severity of stealing signs and expressed surprise at

Astros cheating scandal will make it awkward for one of newest Mets. Baseball needs Derek Jeter to escape this cheating hell. There appears to be seed or peanut shells all over the floor, suggesting someone was sitting there for an extended period of time. There was also a power strip to plug in

It’s been speculated that Fiers agreed to not speak publicly on the matter after providing the essential initial testimony.

Earlier on Friday, Dallas Keuchel became the first player from Houston’s 2017 squad to publicly apologize for his team’s actions. Though in doing so, he was also clearly determined to express his disappointment that Fiers’ “broke a clubhouse rule” by speaking out.

Fiers did receive support from A’s general manager David Forst after making his brief statement.

Despite Fiers’ silence, this story clearly isn’t going away anytime soon. More questions will be asked. More questions will be and dodged. And the cycle will repeat.

The next dates to circle might be March 30 and April 1. That’s when the Astros travel to Oakland to face the A’s for the first time since the scandal grabbed the headlines. It’s possible Mike Fiers will pitch one of those games.

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A's pitcher Fiers eager to move on from whistleblower role .
Mike Fiers, who called out the Houston Astros for a sign-stealing scheme in November, insists that he is moving forward, declining to address anything regarding what he did by speaking out or even his role cleaning up the sport. They won 97 games each of the past two seasons to finish as the second-place team in the AL West behind the Houston Astros, whom Fiers called out in November in a story by The Athletic for a sign-stealing scheme that led to season-long MLB suspensions for Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch. The Astros then fired both. Fiers said the team had used a camera in center field to steal signs.

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