The astros will annoy you. They won't give you their mastery.
Astros owner Jim Crane spoke to the public for the first time since the unveiling of his sports sign stealing system, saying the team's 2017 World Series title should not have asterisks despite its team's sophisticated and long-standing scheme.
"Our opinion is that this has no impact on the game," said Crane on Monday morning. “We had a good team. We won the World Series. We'll leave it at that. "
When a reporter dutifully didn't want to leave it at that, Crane tried to back off.
"It is difficult to say how it affected the game when it affected the game," said the owner.
Crane also contested the claims that he should have taken more responsibility for the actions, but hid behind the claims that the entire operation had taken place without his knowledge.
"I don't think I should be held accountable," said Crane.
Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman presented a list of players who could not be punished. They said they felt remorse for their role in cheating.
"I'm really sorry that my team, the organization and I made decisions," said Bregman. "I learned from this and hope to regain the trust of baseball fans. I would like to thank the Astros fans for their support. We as a team are fully focused on the 2020 season."
Altuve briefly touched the 2017 title race, which included an ALCS win over the Yankees in seven games.
"The whole team feels bad about what happened in 2017," said Altuve, who was named AL MVP this season. “We are particularly bad for the impact on our fans and baseball. Our plan is to play with intensity and bring back a championship in 2020. "
The players did not ask any press conference questions, but made themselves available in the clubhouse.
Crane made manager A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow, as if his players were simply helpless pawns in the scheme.
"It could have been stopped and it hasn't been stopped," said Crane. “Our players shouldn't be punished. … This is a great group of people who have not received adequate guidance from their leaders. "
Crane also said he was "confident" that players would not wear electronic devices during the games.
"I really think there was never a buzzer," said Crane. "I don't know where that comes from."