Jessica Mendoza Clarifies Comments About Whistleblower Mike Fiers

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ESPN personality and New York Mets adviser Jessica Mendoza took some shit on Thursday when she called out whistleblower Mike Fiers for the way he exposed the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Fiers, you’ll recall, spoke with The Athletic on the record last November regarding the cheating.

Appearing on Golic and Wingo, Mendoza explained that she didn’t like how the news “came from within,” saying this, in part:

But to go public, yeah, it didn’t set 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 it and then investigations happened. 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. That, 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. But to go public with it and call them out and start all of this, it’s hard to swallow.”

That didn’t sit well with a lot of baseball folks, who thought Mendoza was criticizing Fiers for doing what they thought was the right thing (aka ripping him for snitching).

She clarified later, offering this statement:

So her argument is one of “proper channels,” which is fair, but sometimes that’s not always effective. Sometimes you have to go elsewhere to get the desired results. That’s why people typically blow the whistle anyway, because they know that simply reporting something up the chain of command doesn’t always lead to critical information becoming disseminated publicly. Imagine you’re the victim of a #metoo, for example, and you have to think about telling your boss vs. going outside of the company because you’re afraid the former might try to sweep it under the rug.

Of course, Mendoza is doubling as a Mets employee and ESPN commentator, which has always been a unique conflict, so we’ll see if there’s any kind of fallout here, or wrist slapping from either one of those entities. Interesting situation though, and interesting comments from her.

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12 Responses

  1. How can she ethically work for ESPN and a sports team covered by them at the same time? One of those jobs will always be compromised by the other. Shame on the Mets and ESPN for allowing it.

    1. BTW, good for Fiers to go public. Whenever a story comes out the first thing deniers say is “they should be man enough to put their name on their quote.” Well he did .Now it can’t just be dismissed because the quote was from an anonymous source. Fiers also doesn’t have to worry about Mendoza getting a hold on the info through her media back channels and then spinning it for her other clients, Beltran and the Mets.

  2. Be great to get someone with an original thought beyond lazy soccer and sports talk radio posts. Joe disprosperos. Chris jrmastersksi. Leslie. Anyone new? Please.

    1. Good luck, I’ve been on this train for most of the year. Kinkee seems afraid to respond to comments, the other writers are nowhere to be found, and Joe is most likely not finished typing up Hamlet.

  3. Mendoza looks older than before but shouldn’t apologize for her rational take. First decent comment by media yet. Any of you “tough” Philly fans who support snitching should be ashamed.

      1. I hope doofuses like you keep the same energy for actual cheating in sports. Best team in baseball. If you’re lucky maybe we’ll trade you guys more castoffs on the level of Velasquez and Mark Appel lol

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