While a few baseball figures have been critical of Astros whistleblower Mike Fiers, he has the support of the commissioner.
Fiers, the current Oakland Athletics pitcher who was a member of the 2017 Houston Astros, went on the record to The Athletic in November about the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing, and that paved the way for Rob Manfred’s investigation which ultimately led to the year-long suspensions of manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, both of whom were subsequently fired by Astros owner Jim Crane.
“Mike Fiers, in my view, did the industry a service,” Manfred said during a sit-down with ESPN. “He opened the door here. Without that opening of the door, we would not have been able to conduct the effective invest that we did. We would not have been able to impose the disciplines that were imposed. We would not have been able to probably take the prophylactic measures that we’re gonna take with respect to 2020, and it’s important – painful, but important – that we clean all that up.”
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