Marcus Stroman

Two MLB players blame Boston media for giving a David Price 'bad rap'

Two MLB players blame Boston media for giving a David Price 'bad rap'

David Price didn't always get along with the Boston media during his Red Sox tenure.

If you ask two outside observers, that's not necessarily Price's fault.

New York Mets starter Marcus Stroman, who was Price's teammate and close friend on the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, took a swipe at Boston reporters while defending the new Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander.

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"I’m so excited that David is out of that market because people were trying to question his character,’’ Stroman told USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

"If you ask anybody that ever met or anyone who’s ever been around David, character has never been an issue. He’s the best teammate I ever had. He continues to be one of the best mentors in my life. It’s comical to me when I read things questioning his character. He’s a role model to every single guy who comes into that clubhouse."

Dennis Eckersley might disagree; Price famously confronted Eckersley on the Red Sox' team plane in 2017 over negative comments the NESN analyst made about Eduardo Rodriguez, then resurfaced the feud two years later.

Stroman's criticism isn't surprising considering his own spats with local media. But Price's new Dodgers teammate, third baseman Justin Turner, agrees with Stroman that Price wasn't to blame for tensions with Boston reporters.

"I think he got a bad rep from the media in Boston," Turner told Nightengale of Price. "I’ve had a lot of teammates here that come from Boston and told me how tough it is over there to deal with. But everyone I talked to, everyone who knows David, loves him to death."

Boston has one of the most passionate fanbases in baseball, and more passion means more scrutiny, which some players find exhausting to deal with.

That appears to be the case with Price, who told Nightengale he "couldn't be happier" that he's moving to laid-back Los Angeles after years of battling with reporters in Boston.

"You watch what he does now going that he’s out of Boston," Stroman added of Price.

Marcus Stroman puts Red Sox' Alex Cora on blast amid sign-stealing scandal

Marcus Stroman puts Red Sox' Alex Cora on blast amid sign-stealing scandal

Alex Cora's past is coming back to haunt him.

MLB's investigation into illegal sign-stealing in both Houston and Boston cost Cora his job Tuesday evening. The former Red Sox manager and Astros bench coach played a prominent role in Houston's 2017 illegal sign-stealing operation that got general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch fired Monday.

Some have already resurfaced Cora's poorly-aging comments and tweets about sign-stealing in recent years.

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New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman took a diferent path to point out Cora's hypocrisy Tuesday.

Stroman is referencing Cora's comments following a May 2019 game between the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays in which Boston took exception to Stroman quick-pitching Boston rookie Michael Chavis.

"It’s the same thing with him every day. He competes a certain way and people don’t like it," Cora said of Stroman at the time. "It seems like whenever a team comes in, somebody screams at him. I don’t know, that’s the way he acts."

As Stroman notes, Cora's take didn't hold up well considering his "certain way" of competing -- orchestrating a sign-stealing operation -- may result in a multi-year ban from baseball (or worse).

Former MLB outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was among the many who agreed with Stroman.

MLB also is investigating Cora for helping the 2018 Red Sox steal signs, so it's likely his words will come back to bite him. And it sounds like Stroman (and many others) won't have much sympathy for him.

Ranking the Red Sox's biggest villains from the past decade

Ranking the Red Sox's biggest villains from the past decade

Editor's Note: As the calendar turns to 2020, NBC Sports Boston will be taking a look back at the highs and lows of the Boston sports scene over the past decade. 

Over the past 10 years, the Red Sox have won a pair of World Series and four division titles, but they've also finished in last place three times, including a worst-to-first-to-worst rollercoaster from 2012 to 2014.

Boston sports fans have become accustomed to winning, but nothing captures the imagination like a good villain. Sometimes it's hard to tell whom Red Sox fans are harder on — opponents or their own players (and managers).

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In that spirit, here are 10 villains from the past decade, including four former Red Sox, because nobody eats their own like we do.

Click here for the gallery.