Executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association Tony Clark was down in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday to talk with the Mets, but also took time to answer some questions about the Astros sign-stealing scandal.
MLBPA released a statement following MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's comments saying the union had pushed back after the league wouldn't rule out disciplining players when trying to make progress within the investigation. Clark said that anything regarding the obstruction of the investigation "is completely untrue."
Clark continued to comment on the immunity situation, saying that disciplining players wasn't even in the initial conversations before the investigations began.
"The start of that conversation was such that -- and we keep talking about immunity -- there were no grounds to discipline players before the conversations started," he said.
Clark also pointed out that the rules currently in place say that the "club and club personnel" are the ones that get disciplined no matter what players do.
"We believed that the rules in place independent of that meant that players weren't going to be disciplined," Clark explained. "Matter of fact, the language suggests only club and club personnel can be disciplined for whatever it is that a player may have done."
The Mets were involved in the scandal after the team and former manager Carlos Beltran had to mutually part ways following the release of the commissioner's report that mentioned him specifically. Clark didn't go into detail about Beltran's situation specifically, but did mention "he had his own counsel and our (MLBPA's) support."
"I can't talk about a lot of the particulars related to Carlos. I played against Carlos for a long time, I know what Carlos is about. His situation was a difficult one because he was employed by a club at the time interviews were happening."
Clark discussed much more about the scandal, and how the league and the Players Association can learn from this moving forward, which you can hear above.