Jessica Mendoza is often a lightning rod for unfair criticisms, but she may have earned a little backlash for this take.
The ESPN broadcaster and current Mets special adviser offered some unfiltered comments on Mike Fiers and the Astros, putting the blame solely on Fiers for the situation.
On ESPN's "Golic and Wingo," Mike Golic posed the question of whether Fiers, the former Astro who blew the whistle on the team's illegal sign-stealing, was in the wrong for putting his name on the situation and coming out publicly.
“To go public with it and call them out and start all of this, it’s hard to swallow.”
-@jessmendoza on former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers revealing the Astros sign-stealing scheme. pic.twitter.com/LSQY6B0dSC
— Golic and Wingo (@GolicAndWingo) January 16, 2020
Going public, yeah. mean, I get it. If you're with the Oakland A's, and you're on another team, I mean, heck, yeah, you better be telling your teammates, "Look, hey, heads up, if you hear some noises when you're pitching, this is what's going on." For sure.
But to go public, it didn't sit well with me. Honestly, it made me sad for the sport, that that's how this all got found out. This wasn't something that MLB naturally investigated, or that even other teams complained about, because they naturally heard about, and then investigations happened. But it came from within. It was a player that was a part of it, that benefited from it, during the regular season, when he was a part of that team.
When I first heard about it, it hits you like any teammate would. It's something that you don't do. I totally get telling your future teammates, helping them win, letting people know. To go public with it, call them out, and start all of this, it's hard to swallow.
One part of that is fairly inaccurate, and that's that the Astros were not accused of this before the report came out. Trevor Bauer has always been the most vocal of Astros detractors, and the reports of pine tar and other sounds coming from dugout have been happening before the official report in The Athletic was released.
Mendoza, given her role with the Mets, obviously has a vested interest, given that Carlos Beltrán was the only player named in MLB's conclusive report and was named manager of the Mets in November. Beltran reportedly has decided to step down, given his association with the scandal.
While there's a certain unspoken code among teammates when it comes to things of this nature, victimizing a whistleblower on a widespread cheating scandal seems a bit on the edge.
UPDATE: Mendoza issued a statement, clarifying her stance on the subject and saying she's thankful the news came out.