2018 World Series MVP Steve Pearce on MLB’s Red Sox investigation: ‘Such a joke’
Steve Pearce, the 2018 World Series MVP with the Boston Red Sox, is hanging it up for good.
The former big league first baseman told WEEI in Boston that he was "officially retired" on Monday. He was also asked about MLB's investigation into the Red Sox regarding the possible misuse of technology to gain an unfair competitive advantage during that championship campaign.
"That's such a joke to us," Pearce told WEEI. "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."
A similar investigation into the Houston Astros revealed an expansive sign-stealing operation that took place during their championship season in 2017 and beyond. Alex Cora was the team's bench coach in 2017, and Boston hired him as skipper after that season. He led the Sox to the 2018 title during his first season on the job.
Boston parted ways with Cora shortly after MLB released the Astros investigation, which also led to the one-year suspensions of former manager A.J. Hinch and former general manager Jeff Luhnow, among other penalties.
"You don't like it, especially that we were the champions and individually I have that award," Pearce told WEEI. "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. 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."
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