On Thursday, two star Houston Astros players apologized for their roles in the sign-stealing scandal which called their team’s championship seasons into question.
Second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman made brief statements to reporters at the team’s spring training headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida. The apologies from the players came exactly one month since MLB on Jan. 13 announced the findings of an investigation into the Houston team’s stealing opponents’ pitching signs during its World Series-winning 2017 season. Astros owner Jim Crane, seated next to new manager Dusty Baker, also said the team was sorry, adding, “We cannot take back what happened.”
The Astros were fined and stripped of draft choices after the Major League Baseball investigation found that they used television cameras to steal signs of opposing catchers and passed on that crucial pitch information to Houston batters. Houston were 2017 World Series champions and 2019 American League pennant winners.
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