Pedro Martinez seems to be on the same side as Jessica Mendoza.
The Hall of Fame pitcher made his stance clear when he said recently that Mike Fiers was in the wrong for the way he exposed the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
“If he was to do it when he was playing for the Houston Astros, I would say Mike Fiers has guts,” Martinez told WEEI. “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. You’re just a bad teammate.”
Fiers spent three seasons with the Houston Astros, with his last coming in 2017.
He would soon go to Major League Baseball and detail how the Astros used a sign-stealing scheme from that World Series season, which ultimately led to an investigation and the suspension of GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch. That would soon be fired by owner Jim Crane.
That would lead to the Boston Red Sox firing manager Alex Cora for his role in the scandal as Astros bench coach in 2017. Also, Carlos Beltran, who was implicated in that report, decided to step down as Mets manager as well.
“Whatever happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse, and Fiers broke the rules,” Martinez said. “I agree with cleaning up the game. I agree that the fact that the Commissioner is taking a hard hand on this, but at the same time players should not be the one dropping the whistleblower.
“If you have integrity, you find ways to tell everybody in the clubhouse, ‘Hey, we might get in trouble for this. I don’t want to be part of this.’ You call your GM. You tell him. Or you call anybody you can or MLB or someone and say, ‘I don’t want to be part of this.’ Or you tell the team, ‘Get me out of here, I don’t want to be part of this.’ Then you show me something. But if you leave Houston, and most likely you didn’t agree with Houston when you left, and then you go and drop the entire team under the bus, I don’t trust you. I won’t trust you because we did have that rule.”