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.
Astros outfielder Josh Reddick just told reporters he has received death threats via social media — and that in one case someone wished cancer upon his children. Reddick said he’s not the only one in the Astros’ clubhouse who had received death threats, either.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 21, 2020
Josh Reddick said both he and his wife have received death threats this entire month via social media.— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 21, 2020
“I’m not the only one,” he said, pointing toward his teammates in the clubhouse.”
Reddick implored the league to protect the Astros players and their families this season.
Josh Reddick said that, earlier this month, he posted a video of one of his five-month-old twins rolling over. A comment immediately read “I hope your kid gets cancer.”— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 21, 2020
Others he’s gotten said “I will kill your entire family.”
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.