Reddick says he, teammates have received death threats

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- On the day Houston outfielder Josh Reddick said he and other players have received death threats in the wake of the team's sign-stealing scandal, union head Tony Clark said safety had become an issue for some of his members.

''There are undoubtedly concerns out there based on some of the commentary that .. there's a heightened sense of concern to make sure that themselves and their families are protected,'' Clark said Friday after speaking with the Astros. ''There's no doubt making sure that our players and their families are able to go to and from the ballpark and perform safely ... is a huge piece of the puzzle.''

Clark spoke before Reddick told reporters that he received death threats on social media and that people have commented on pictures of his infant twins, saying they hope they get cancer. He said teammates have also received threatening messages and he thinks it will be ''pretty scary'' for his wife and children to join him on the road this season since club hotels become known.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred concluded last month that the Astros violated rules by using a television camera to steal catchers' signs during their run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season. While manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for one season and then fired by the team, players were not disciplined.

Some players on other teams have said and implied that they would intentionally throw at the Astros this season. Atlanta's Nick Markakis said Tuesday that ''every single guy over there needs a beating.''

Clark said the union has had conversations with MLB about ensuring the safety of the players and their families and that comments are ''hard to ignore.'' Still, he said the union's job was to defend its members.

''I will never apologize for protecting player rights,'' he said.

Clark, who visits each team during spring training, said sign stealing was just a part of changes brought about by technology in recent years.

''It's manifesting itself in how player service time is being manipulated, it's manifesting itself in a way that we're seeing abuses of the injured list, it's manifesting itself in ways that's directly affecting the type of game that's being played on the field,'' he said. ''So I know a lot of the headline has said sign-stealing, but the truth is this conversation about technology is much larger than that.''

Clark thinks allowing technology to impact every facet of the game has become ''very problematic.''

''We developed this culture of it's OK to do all of these things to affect the game in the fashion that they are, because we're being hyper efficient and we're really smart,'' he said. ''That culture has been allowed to fester and it's affecting our game.''

There are ongoing talks between the union and MLB about further restricting the availability of video during games.

''We've had discussions about moving the replay room so it's not quite as accessible,'' Clark said.


More AP MLB: and


More Related News

Evan Gattis on the 2017 Astros: "We obviously cheated baseball"
Evan Gattis on the 2017 Astros: "We obviously cheated baseball"

Evan Gattis was a DH and backup catcher for the 2017 Houston Astros. Recently he raised eyebrows -- and made people question his ethical priorities -- when he tweeted out a photo of sign-stealing whistleblower Mike Fiers with the words "snitches get stitches" underneath it. It would seem, however, that that tweet did not reflect

Fantasy players
Fantasy players' dose of reality: Lawsuit against Astros, Red Sox and MLB dismissed

Fantasy baseball players had their lawsuit against the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball thrown out of U.S. District Court.

Retired Gattis:
Retired Gattis: '17 Astros 'cheated baseball, fans'

Evan Gattis fought to win a World Series ring with the Houston Astros and got one in 2017. Gattis was with the Astros for their historic run, which since has been disgraced by revelations of a sign-stealing scheme that cost general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch their jobs and a one-year ban from baseball. The repercussions swept up two other managers -- the New York Mets fired Carlos Beltran and the Boston Red Sox parted with Alex Cora -- who were part of the scheme in Houston in 2017.

Hinch, Luhnow, will be eligible in 2021 even if there are no games in 2020
Hinch, Luhnow, will be eligible in 2021 even if there are no games in 2020

Could these two be back in the game . . . without ever having missed a game?

Astros owner Jim Crane says MLB
Astros owner Jim Crane says MLB 'explicitly exonerated' him

Astros owner Jim Crane claimed in a legal filing on Monday that Major League Baseball "explicitly exonerated" him in the league's investigation.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Baseball