Former World Series MVP Steve Pearce ripped the MLB’s investigation into allegations that the Red Sox illegally stole signs in their 2018 championship season.
“That’s such a joke to us,” Pearce told WEEI radio on Tuesday. When it came out we were all kind of joking about it. We just want this to pass us. We won it fair and square. Whatever they accused us of, we were all kind of like, ‘I can’t believe this is even an issue.’ Once the report comes out we’re all going to be free.”
Pearce also announced his retirement in the interview after a 10-year career in which he played for seven teams, including the Yankees in 2012
The 37-year-old was traded midseason in 2018 from the Blue Jays to the Red Sox and starred in the postseason with three home runs while driving in eight in Boston’s World Series victory over the Dodgers.
Major League Baseball has not yet revealed its findings into the allegations that the Red Sox illegally stole signs electronically during the 2018 season. Commissioner Rob Manfred previously said he would reveal the results when the season can resume safely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Yet the sign-stealing fallout already has taken place with MLB doing a similar investigation into the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that took place during their 2017 championship season. MLB suspended Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for a year after the league released its findings in January. Luhnow and Hinch were quickly fired by the Astros.
Alex Cora, who was a bench coach with the Astros in 2017 and managed the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2018, agreed to mutually parted ways with the Boston organization on Jan. 14.
“You don’t like it, especially that we were the champions and individually I have that award,” Pearce said. “And we have this floating over our head when we just had such an unbelievable season. We had the perfect team and great camaraderie with everybody and then this gets thrown out here,” Pearce said. “We’re just like, ‘What the heck?’ … We just want this to pass us. We just want to play some baseball. Another bump in the road, I guess.”
Pearce struggled with injuries last season and batted just .180 in 29 games with the Red Sox. His 2018 postseason heroics were applauded by interim manager Ron Roenicke, who was a bench coach on that championship team, during a conference call with reporters Tuesday.
“What Steve did for us in ‘18 was pretty incredible,” he said. “He walked into a situation where we were playing really well, and sometimes that’s hard to come to a team where you don’t know that many guys and fit in. From the get-go, from the first game that he played, he fit in great. His personality worked really well, and then what he did on the field was outstanding.”