Josh Reddick has disclosed troubling details about how the Astros scandal has impacted himself and his family in disturbing ways. Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Fans are understandably irate over the way the Houston Astros cheated their way to a World Series title in 2017, but that certainly is not an excuse to threaten the lives of players or wish ill upon their families. Unfortunately, Josh Reddick says he and the members of the team have experienced that since MLB’s investigation concluded.

Reddick spoke on Friday about the need for MLB to protect Astros players and their families this upcoming season. He revealed that both he and his wife have received death threats via social media, and he said one person wished cancer upon his children while others threatened his entire family.

Mike Fiers has been experiencing similar treatment, though for a different reason. The former Astros pitcher helped bring the sign-stealing allegations to light by discussing them in the bombshell story from The Athletic, and he said Thursday that he has also received numerous death threats.

For what it’s worth, Reddick claims he did not partake in the Astros’ trash can-banging scheme. It doesn’t really matter if he did or didn’t, however. There’s a fine line between wanting Astros players to pay for what they did and threatening or wishing death upon them.

Unfortunately, fans making death threats against athletes is nothing new. MLB will likely take any threats against players seriously and inform the authorities about them.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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Derek Fisher
#22 / OF
Josh Reddick
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Jose Altuve
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Juan Centeno
#31 / RP
Collin McHugh
#35 / SP
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Will Harris
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Brad Peacock
#43 / SP
Lance McCullers Jr.
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Luke Gregerson
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Francisco Liriano
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