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Ex-Red Sox Josh Reddick says he's gotten death threats amid Astros scandal

Ex-Red Sox Josh Reddick says he's gotten death threats amid Astros scandal

No Houston Astros players were disciplined in the wake of Major League Baseball's damning investigation into the 2017 team's sign-stealing operation.

But they've been subject to intense criticism that has risen to the level of death threats, according to Josh Reddick.

The Astros outfielder and former Boston Red Sox draft pick said Friday that he and other teammates have received death threats after MLB found that Houston illegally stole signs during its 2017 World Series campaign.

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Reddick posted a photo of his son to Instagram on Feb. 10 -- just over a month after former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers exposed Houston's cheating operation -- that drew a host of nasty replies in the comment section.

The 33-year-old didn't do himself any favors earlier this week when he stated Houston's goal in 2020 was to "go out there and win and shut everybody up."

Death threats obviously cross the line between fan resentment and intolerant behavior, however.

Fans aren't the only ones lashing out at members of the 2017 Astros. Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz called Fiers a "snitch" for waiting until he left Houston to expose the Astros' sign-stealing system, while members of the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees have claimed they felt cheated out of postseason losses to Houston.

All of which is to say Astros games may have some tense moments this season.

J.D. Martinez shares new revelation about Astros sign-stealing in 2018 playoffs

J.D. Martinez shares new revelation about Astros sign-stealing in 2018 playoffs

Mike Fiers didn't blow the lid on the Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation until early this year.

But the Boston Red Sox knew what the Astros were up to entering the 2018 American League Championship Series -- thanks to a tip from Fiers.

That's according to Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez, who revealed Thursday that Fiers made him aware of the Astros' illegal sign-stealing system before the 2018 playoffs.

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"The only way I ever found out was towards in the playoffs when Fiers -- who is a very good friend of mine -- he reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, make sure you’re doing this because this is what these guys are doing in the playoffs,' " Martinez told WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" radio show. "I was like, ‘What?! How is this a thing?’ "

Martinez said he mentioned Fiers' tip to Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who told Martinez "about the whole system," having served as Houston's bench coach in 2017.

"That was why it was so crazy," Martinez said. "[Cora] was so relaxed going into those playoff games because he knew -- we were ready for it."

New Red Sox catcher Jonathan Lucroy suggested Thursday that many MLB teams were aware the Astros were cheating.

But Cora had specific knowledge of Houston's operation, and considering Boston dispatched the Astros in five games in the 2018 ALCS en route to a World Series title, it's worth wondering how much Fiers' counter-intelligence benefited the Red Sox (if it all) in their series victory.

It's also worth wondering if Cora shared Houston's method of stealing signs -- which involved a TV monitor next to the dugout and banging on trash cans to alert hitters of certain pitches -- with the 2018 Red Sox, who are under investigation for their own sign-stealing operation.

Martinez insisted Boston didn't adopt any part of the Astros' system, however.

"You can put me on any lie detector," Martinez said. "Alex Cora never influenced us and never told us about that thing."

David Ortiz blasts 'snitch' Mike Fiers for ratting out Astros' sign-stealing

David Ortiz blasts 'snitch' Mike Fiers for ratting out Astros' sign-stealing

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Fiers bravely put his name to reports that the Astros stole signs with a trash can in 2017, but he shouldn't expect any hugs from Red Sox legend David Ortiz.

Speaking at JetBlue Park on Thursday, Ortiz singled out Fiers for blowing the whistle on the Astros and plunging baseball into scandal.

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"I'm mad at this guy, the pitcher that came out talking about it, and let me tell you why," Ortiz said. "Oh, after you make your money, after you get your ring, you decide to talk about it?

"Why didn't you talk about it during the season when it was going on? Why didn't you say, I don't want to be no part of it? So you're looking like a snitch. Why do you have to talk about it after? That's my problem. Why did nobody say anything while it was going on?"

Ortiz criticized the Astros for perpetrating the scheme, and noted his sadness that superstars like Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Alex Bregman have tainted their accomplishments.

But he's looking at the big picture and what this means for the sport.

"All those things that are going on right now, it's going to be a huge distraction for the game for a while, and you don't want that," he said. "I retired, it's going to be four years now, and I have so much fun watching this game because of the talent out there.

"There is incredible talent right now. You watch the game, and the speed, physically the guys are in unbelievable shape, everyone's in their 20s. It's fun to watch. Then this thing comes in and I think it's going to be a distraction for the whole season, and we need to avoid that."