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.
Multiple Yankees players, including Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, have come out to say that the punishment was weak in their eyes. Both of the mentioned players believed the Astros' 2017 World Series title should be stripped, and Judge went further to say "I thought that was a little weak for a player-driven scheme that no players involved got any punishments."
But Clark 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."
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.