Ex-Tiger Mike Fiers speaks, but sidesteps scandal

DETROIT — It’s been two-and-half months since we last heard from Mike Fiers in the form of an explosive interview that set the stage for one of the biggest scandals in recent baseball history.

Fiers spoke publicly on Friday at an Oakland Athletics fan event, offering his first comments since the scandal broke.

He said very little.

Fiers, a 34-year-old veteran who has pitched for four different teams over parts of nine seasons, said he didn’t want to be a distraction and wanted to focus on baseball-related questions.

Watch part of the interview below:

The baseball world is divided in its opinion of Fiers. Some view him as a courageous whistle-blower who has leveled the playing field for everyone. Others believe he violated the sanctity of the clubhouse by snitching on his ex-teammates.

After being let go by the Astros in the wake of the 2017 World Series championship, Fiers signed with the Detroit Tigers. He was traded to the Athletics late in 2018.

Fiers told Tigers’ teammates about the Astros’ schemes so they would be prepared when they played at Minute Maid Park.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire described Fiers as “fun” and a “very good teammate.”

Fiers was largely…

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