Mendoza on Fiers going public: 'It didn't sit well with me'

 newsday.com  01/16/2020 16:36:20 

Jessica Mendoza isnt happy with Mike Fiers for going public about the Astros sign-stealing scheme.

Mendoza, a member of ESPNs Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team who is also a Mets special assistant, said the former Astros pitcher crossed a line.

It came from within, Mendoza said on ESPN Radios Golic and Wingo show Thursday morning. It was a player that was a part of it, that benefitted from it during the regular season when he was a part of that team.

When I first heard about it, it hits you like any teammate would. Its something that you dont do. I totally get telling your future teammates, helping them win, letting people know. But to go public with it and call them out and start all of this, its hard to swallow.

Fiers, now a pitcher with the As, detailed the Astros sign-stealing scheme to The Athletic in a story published in November.

Major League Baseball released its report on the Astros investigation Monday, banning general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for the 2020 season for not doing anything to stop the cheating. Astros owner Jim Crane fired Luhnow and Hinch later that day. On Tuesday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora, the Astros bench coach in 2017 who was prominently mentioned throughout MLBs report, was also fired.

The Mets have remained quiet about the status of new manager Carlos Beltran, who was a player with the Astros in 2017 and the only player mentioned by name in MLBs report.

I get it, Mendoza said regarding Fiers. If youre with the Oakland As and youre on another team, I mean, heck yeah. You better be telling your teammates, Look, hey, heads up. If you hear some noises when youre pitching, this is whats going on. '

Fiers pitched for the Astros from 2015-17. He signed as a free agent with the Tigers on Dec. 8, 2017 and was traded to the As on Aug. 6, 2018.

To go public, yeah, it didnt sit well with me, Mendoza said. And, honestly, it made me sad for the sport that thats how this all got found out. I mean, this wasnt something that MLB naturally investigated or that even other teams complained about because they naturally heard about and investigations happen.

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