David Ortiz calls Mike Fiers a ‘snitch,’ defends Rob Manfred

Nearly everyone in baseball has been going after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for his handling of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, but not former Red Sox star David Ortiz. Instead, he called out Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers, the whistleblower whose public comments led to the investigation that set the baseball world on fire.

“I’m mad at this guy, the pitcher who came out talking about it,” Ortiz said 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 further to criticize the rest of the players in the Astros’ organization for not speaking out sooner and allowing the cheating schemes to develop.

“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 said. “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 roster. When asked by the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday why no one on the team spoke up during the season, Fiers said he wasn’t sure. “I couldn’t tell you why,” he told the Chronicle. “We were all in a weird spot. Everyone was in a weird spot.”

Fiers also said it would not be “the end of the world” if he was asked to return his ring.

Ortiz, now a special assistant for the Red Sox, also came to the defense of Manfred, who hasn’t had too many people in his corner regarding 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 said. “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,” Ortiz added. “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 comments came shortly ahead of the conclusion of MLB’s investigation into the Red Sox’ alleged sign-stealing in 2018, which Manfred said should be wrapped up by the end of next week.

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