Mike Fiers doesn't want protection.
The A's pitcher said on Wednesday that he does not need additional security from Major League baseball for the 2020 season.
"I don't know how they would be," Fiers told The Athletic on Wednesday. "I'm not asking for extra security. I'm here to play baseball and I can defend myself, if at all. We have National League games and I have to pit [to hit] just like everyone else.
"It's part of the game. If they decide to throw me, they throw me. You can't do much about it."
Fiers, who told The Athletic in November that the Astros had stolen characters, posed for Houston during the 2017 World Cup season.
Commissioner Rob Manfred had high praise for Fiers, who had whistled the Astros, and said that MLB would take all possible steps to protect the pitcher.
"I think Mike Fiers has served the industry," said Manfred during a conversation with ESPN. "He opened the door here. Without this door opening, we would not have been able to make the effective investment we made. We could not have enforced the disciplines imposed. We probably would not have been able to take the prophylactic measures we will take in 2020, and it is important – painful but important – that we clean it up. "
Fiers also told the Athletic that he was prepared for any retaliation on the field.
"I've had a lot to do in my life," said Fiers. "I've dealt with people who hate me before. I've dealt with a lot of life problems. It's what it is. And if someone retaliates by hitting me with a pitch, it's not a big deal."