Marwin Gonzalez was the first Astros attacker to apologize for the electronic sign theft scandal in 2017, which at least partially made the team a World Cup crown. In his second year with the Twins, the utility player was flawless on Tuesday.
"I'm full of regrets for everything that happened in 2017, for everything we did as a group, and for the players that directly affected us," said Gonzalez. according to the Pioneer Press,
Gonzalez added that it was impossible to know if they would have won everything without the help of the program. according to USA Today,
Gonzalez seemed to benefit greatly from the intricate trick of telling players about an incoming pitch by hitting a garbage can within earshot. The 30-year-old Gonzalez achieved career bests in the areas of batting average (.303), base percentage (.377), slugging percentage (.530), OPS (.907), RBIs (90) and homeruns (23)) per year 2017. He did not come close to these numbers for the past two seasons.
After an investigation, MLB Astros managers AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow suspended a year before their release. The Astros were fined $ 5 million and expired in the first and second rounds in 2020 and 2021.
However, no players were disciplined, although Carlos Beltran was named in the investigation and lost his managerial job at the Mets. Gonzalez is the first batsman to admit guilt.
The team's former ace, Dallas Keuchel, had a similar reaction when asked about the scandal recently.
"It's exactly what baseball's condition was at the time. Was it against the rules? Yes, it was," Keuchel told the Chicago Sun-Times. "And I'm personally sorry about the whole situation has happened."