Mike Fiers is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. Fiers said that he had received death threats after he had exposed Houston’s 2017 sign-stealing scheme.
Mike Fiers, the Oakland Athletics pitcher, said to the San Francisco Chronicle that he did not care. He had dealt with a lot of death threats previous, and it was just another thing on his plate.
Fiers revealed in November that the Astros were stealing signs, using cameras during their World Series championship 2017 season. Fiers was a member of that team. He joined the Detroit Tigers as a free agent after that season traded to the Athletics.
He asked the newspaper that he was worried about any retaliation, and he was not going to be ready for the season.
On Tuesday, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said that he would take every possible step to protect Mike Fiers wherever he was playing, whether it was in Houston or somewhere else.
Fiers told The Athletic on Wednesday that he could defend himself. And that he does not need more security from Major League Baseball during the 2020 season. Fiers was there to play baseball, and Mike Fiers could defend herself. Fiers did have National League games, and he was going to have to get into the box [to hit] just like everybody else. But he told the Chronicle that he is worried about the safety of his family. It was part of the game. If hatred decided to throw at him, then they threw at him.
Mike Fiers said that he had said from the beginning, he was not away from that. He was part of that team; he had been one those guys. Fiers was willing to take as much punishment as they did. If they asked him to [return the ring], it was not the end of the world.