WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Hank Williams & # 39; classic "Your Cheatin & # 39; Heart" should play on the PA system when the Astros opens its camp on Thursday.
Maybe Donnie Brasco should greet the players, nobody wore a wire better – provided all guesses are true and not just the one MLB found in his probe.
"Take it back" was the motto of Astros 2019. "Steal it back" would have been more appropriate.
The Astros 2020 opens a spring training camp like no other, and the first task should be to apologize across the board to the players, the front office, owner Jim Crane and everyone with a laptop and an Astros password.
This is as bad as it gets.
A.J. Hinch is history as a manager, along with Jeff Luhnow as GM, but there is plenty of blame for one of the darkest periods in baseball history – stealing the Astro's electronic shield that was uncovered this off-season.
The Astros have given the Summer Beater a whole new meaning in baseball – provided all the presumptions are true and not just those MLB found in its probe.
Some former Astros have stepped on the apology plate, but it's time for the team to admit their baseball sins from top to bottom.
Carlos Beltran paid the price, was appointed Mets manager, and then lost the job and reputation before ever playing a game due to his role as a player in the program in 2017. Beltran was described as the "godfather" of the character. Stealing saga this year, but that's a lot more than Beltran. He hadn't been on the team in the past two years when other questions came up.
This will never go away. This is now part of the Astros story.
This is an organization that has become villains and has created a scam scandal that was not in the charts and left question marks all over the team – for example, why all over the world Jose Altuve got his uniform shirt after his sixth game, the ALCS -Win, packed home death in front of Aroldis Chapman and went to the clubhouse last October to change jerseys?
Common sense offers an answer.
The Astros should just put everyone on the podium in the interview room to apologize on Thursday, just as they proudly marched their players in all the post-season interviews they've put together since 2017.
Do an example.
The Astros were wrong in every way to do what they did.
Former Astros launcher Mike Fiers contacted The Athletic and opened Pandora's box, or should we say Manfred's box, for misconduct. MLB got this out of control and should have been over the scammers, but baseball dropped the ball again and is now catching up – as it always seems to do when a scandal occurs, similar to the past PED problems ,
Angel's pitcher Andrew Heaney pounded the Astros on Wednesday and said they had to match their excuse game.
"You certainly don't need to do more than what you've already done," Heaney told reporters. "It was terrible. I understand that you will fix her and you will have to say your thing and you will hide behind the Commissioner's report and whatever, but I do not think that is good enough .… Someone in this locker room had to say, "This is damned. We shouldn't do that." So that nobody gets up and nobody says: "We cheat other players", that sucks. It's a feeling for everyone. I hope you feel like s – t. "
Good for Heaney. More players have to destroy the Astros for their fraudulent methods. And if other teams cheated in a similar way, MLB has to dig deeper and find out.
Integrity is out the window.
It will be a long time before the Astros can regain confidence. They are entering a 2020 season in which they will face fraudulent music in every stadium they play. They will try to circle the cars and keep the team together: we against the world.
That's one way to play it.
The best way, however, is to apologize right at the beginning of spring training. Have it. The Astros committed the crime. Now they have to take the time.
Your fraudulent heart will tell you.