Former Astros Manager Phil Garner on Mike Fiers: 'He's a Rat'

January 14, 2020 - 1:01 pm

While many around MLB had an inkling that the Houston Astros were stealing signs, it was Oakland A's pitcher and former Astros starter Mike Fiers who went on the record in a story in The Athletic that opened up the league's investigation that resulted in the year-long suspensions, and firings, of manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow.

Phil Garner, the former Astros player and manager, joined "Payne and Pendergast" on Sports Radio 610 in Houston on Monday and shared his feeling about how he thinks Fiers is being viewed around the league.

"I think that he’s been viewed as a rat," Garner said. "If it was a big deal for you why didn’t you bring it up when you were with the Astros? Why didn’t you step up and stop it? You’re going to wait until you’re on another team? You’re going to enjoy the fruits of any success being had by the team, you’re enjoying that until you go away and say 'I don’t like that anymore.' To me, that’s not a very good standard and I think most baseball players are going to view it that way."

Fiers will inevitably pitch against the Astros this season, as the A's and Houston play each other 19 times inside the AL West.

The right-hander was traded to the Houston Astros before the July 31 trade deadline in 2015 for Josh Hader, Domingo Santana, Adrian Houser and Brett Phillips, and spent the next two-and-a-half seasons in Houston, which included winning a World Series in 2017.

In addition to the suspensions of Hinch and Luhnow, MLB also stripped the Astros of their first- and second-round picks of the 2020 and 2021 MLB Draft, as well as fining the franchise a maximum $5 million. Assistant GM Brandon Taubman, who was fired by the organization in October following an incident with female reporters, was also placed on MLB's ineligible list.

The MLB is still investigating an unrelated sign-stealing allegation of the Boston Red Sox, who have also fired their manager Alex Cora, who was the bench coach for the Astros in 2017 and was considered as the mastermind of the sign stealing.

Garner also gave his perspective on the Astros scandal, punishment and gave a manager's view of what Hinch went through.

Listen to the entire Phil Garner interview here.

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