Almost everybody in baseball has actually been pursuing MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for his handling of the Astros’ sign- taking scandal, however not former Red Sox star DavidOrtiz Rather, he called out Sports pitcher Mike Fiers, the whistleblower whose public remarks resulted in the examination that set the baseball world on fire.
“I’m mad at this guy, the pitcher who came out talking about it,” Ortiz stated Thursday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. “And let me tell you why. Oh, after you make your money, after you get your (World Series) ring, you decide to talk about it. Why don’t you talk about it during the season when it was going on? Why didn’t you say, ‘I don’t want to be no part of it?’ So you look like you’re a snitch. Why you gotta talk about it after? That’s my problem. Why nobody said anything while it was going on?”
Ortiz went even more to slam the remainder of the players in the Astros’ company for not speaking up quicker and permitting the unfaithful plans to establish.
“I just still don’t know how come nobody was like, ‘That is wrong.’ I just don’t know how no one (said) something about it,” Ortiz stated. “During, not after. I was in the clubhouse for a long time and never anything like that (came) up. Now, they’re going to have to deal with that for a long time because it’s not only a situation that involves players. You’re talking about the whole franchise.”
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Fiers was a member of the Astros in 2017 when they won the World Series, though he didn’t make the postseason lineup. When asked by the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday why nobody on the team spoke out throughout the season, Fiers stated he wasn’t sure. “I couldn’t tell you why,” he informed the Chronicle. If he was asked to return his ring, “We were all in a weird spot. Everyone was in a weird spot.”
Fiers likewise stated it would not be “the end of the world”.
Ortiz, now a unique assistant for the Red Sox, likewise concerned the defense of Manfred, who hasn’t had a lot of individuals in his corner concerning his handling of the scandal.
“To be honest with you, I’ve been watching the whole thing and the commissioner has been getting so much heat like it was him that made that mistake,” Ortiz stated. “I don’t agree with him getting all the heat and the reality is that not one player came through and was like, ‘Hey, it was me that started this up.’ Everyone is passing the ball like when you’re playing basketball. All the commissioner can do is have the team investigate what is going on and do what he knows how to do.”
“People need to chillax,” Ortizadded “People need to let him do his job. People need to let him do what he thinks is better for the game and everything else. Stop putting him on the spot and telling him what to do. That’s what I think.”
Ortiz’s remarks came quickly ahead of the conclusion of MLB’s examination into the Red Sox’ supposed sign- taking in 2018, which Manfred stated need to be finished up by the end of next week.