While some baseball characters criticized Astro's whistleblower Mike Fiers, he has the support of the commissioner.
Fiers, the current Oakland Athletics pitcher who was a member of the Houston Astros 2017, found out at The Athletic in November about Astros illegally stealing signs, paving the way for Rob Manfred's investigation, which ultimately led to the year-long suspensions by manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, who were both later fired by Astros owner Jim Crane.
"In my opinion, 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 that we will take in 2020, and it is important – painful but important – that we clean it up. "
Manfred said that a new guideline will be introduced before the MLB 2020 season begins, which will restrict access to “live videos in and around the shelter”.
The 34-year-old Fiers was fooled by Jessica Mendoza and Pedro Martinez for introducing the Astros program to the public. The rare criticisms of Fiers were problems of people associated with MLB clubs. Mendoza, an ESPN analyst, has since resigned her position as a Mets special advisor, while Martinez is a special assistant to the Red Sox, who are also being investigated by the MLB for possible fraud during the 2018 season.
"It came from within. It was a player who was part of it who benefited from it during the regular season when he was part of the team, ”Mendoza said last month about Fiers in ESPN's“ Golic and Wingo ”before retiring in a statement. “When I first heard about it, it hits you like any teammate. It's something you don't do. "
Martinez criticized Fiers for saying nothing at the Astros in 2017.
"If he did when he played for the Houston Astros, I would say Mike Fiers is brave," Martinez told WEEI last month. "But doing it after you leave the Houston Astros because they no longer have you doesn't show me anything. You're just a bad team-mate."