Pedro Martinez has joined Jessica Mendoza on the wrong side of history.
The Hall of Fame pitcher recently spoke out on A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, putting his name next to accusations of the Houston Astros electronically stealing signs in the 2017 season.
“If he was to do it when he was playing for the Houston Astros, I would say Mike Fiers has guts,” Martinez told WEEI on Saturday. “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.”
A reminder to all: Blaming the whistleblower is the opposite of bold. It’s the essence of weakness.
In a November report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drelich, Fiers — who joined the A’s halfway through the 2018 season — was the first player to confirm the Astros used technology to steal signs.
“I just want the game to be cleaned up a little bit because there are guys who are losing their jobs because they’re going in there not knowing,” Fiers said.
Four people with the Astros told The Athletic the team stole signs during home games in real-time with the aid of a camera positioned in the…