Jessica Mendoza, Mets advisor, backtracks after ripping Mike Fiers

Jessica Mendoza whiffed. So, she’s taking another swing at it.

Just hours after the ESPN broadcaster and Mets special assistant denounced former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers for exposing his former team’s secret sign-stealing system, Mendoza backtracked on her original point after facing widespread criticism.

“Thought it was important to clarify my earlier remarks about the sign stealing situation in MLB. Most importantly, I feel strongly that the game of baseball will benefit greatly because that sign stealing matter was uncovered,” Mendoza said in a statement. “Cheating the game is something that needs to be addressed and I’m happy to see the league is taking appropriate action. The point I should have been much more clear on was this: I believe it’s very critical that this news was made public; I simply disagree with the manner in which that was done.”

Mendoza now credits Fiers for “stepping forward,” but claims that the pitcher was wrong for discussing the issue with a reporter, rather than alerting MLB officials.

“Reasonable minds can disagree,” Mendoza said. “Ultimately what matters most is that his observations were made public and the game will be better for it.”

And the Mets will be without Carlos Beltran, who agreed to step down as manager for his part in the scandal, while playing for the Astros in 2017.

“In regards to the Mets, I want to make it extra clear that my advisor role with the team does not shape my opinion in any way, shape or form on this matter,” Mendoza said. “I feel this way regardless of what, teams, players or managers are involved.”

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