Mike Fiers doesn’t want any protection.
The A’s pitcher said on Wednesday that he doesn’t need any extra security from Major League baseball for the 2020 season.
“I don’t know how they would,” Fiers told The Athletic on Wednesday. “I’m not asking for extra security. I’m here to play baseball, and I can defend myself, if anything. We do have National League games and I’m going to have to get into the box [to hit] just like everybody else.
“It’s part of the game. If they decide to throw at me, then they throw at me. There’s nothing much you can do about it.”
Fiers, who revealed to The Athletic in November that the Astros were stealing signs, pitched for Houston during the team’s 2017 World Series championship season.
Commissioner Rob Manfred had high praise for Fiers for blowing the whistle on the Astros and said MLB will take every step possible to protect the pitcher.
“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.”
Fiers also told the Athletic that he is prepared for any on-field retribution that might come his way.
“I’ve dealt with a lot in my life,” Fiers said. “I’ve dealt with people hating me before. I’ve dealt with a lot of life problems. It is what it is. And if someone’s going to retaliate then by hitting me with a pitch, it’s not a big deal.”