From the moment Major League Baseball confirmed that the Houston Astros team cheated on their way to winning the World Series in 2017, fans have been wondering what members of that team would say about their actions. Were you repentant or defiant? Would you say ignorance or say it wasn't that big of a deal?
The Astros held a press conference Thursday morning at their spring training home in West Palm Beach, Florida. The owner Jim Crane, the new manager Dusty Baker and the players Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman were besieged with questions about the scandal.
"We think this didn't affect the game," said Crane. “We had a good team. We won the World Series, we will leave it there. "A minute later, when asked if he really believed the scheme had no effect, Crane contradicted himself:" I didn't say it didn't affect the game. "
"We apologize for breaking the rules," he said.
The locker room was open after the press conference and all players – around a dozen are still from the team in 2017 – answered questions. No player said that he believed that the program affected the post-season 2017 results or that the team's World Series trophy should be removed.
The scheme in which Astros players used a video feed to decode pitching signs from enemy catchers and then share them with their teammates using methods such as hitting a trash can resulted in suspensions and subsequent layoffs by Jeff Luhnow, the general manager des Astros and AJ Hinch, the manager.
However, the players on this team from 2017 were Punishment immunity granted. in exchange for cooperation with the investigation. Without formal punishment, it's up to you to decide how to address your roles in public.
Here is a look at the public comments that have been made so far by players, coaches and officials of the Astros 2017.
Jim Crane, owner
"No, I don't think I should be held accountable. I'm here to correct that and move this team with Dusty forward [Baker] and James [Click, the Astros’ new general manager], As I said, it will not appear on my watch again. "
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"We were wrong about everything we did in 2017. We don't stand for it. It's not what we want to represent as an organization, and we were definitely wrong about all of it and we're really sorry. We have Influenced careers, we somehow influenced the game and in retrospect it was just bad. "
Alex Bregman, third baseman
Whether he was embarrassed: "Yes. I learned from it and hope to regain their trust. This team will work very hard on and off the field. "
Jose Altuve, second baseman
When asked if he feels remorse: “Yes, somehow. That's why we feel bad. I'm not going to tell you that it was good – it was wrong. We feel bad, we feel regret, as I said, the impact on the fans, the impact on the game – we feel bad. "
Justin Verlander, pitcher
"I wish I had said more. Looking back, I can't go back, I can't undo my decision. I wish I had said more and I didn't and I'm sorry. "He added:" I don't want to go into too many details. I think we're here today to apologize as a team. "
George Springer, right field player
"We regret everything. The extent of the repentance is very obvious. "When asked why he didn't do anything during the program, he added," I wish I had done more. "
Yuli Gurriel, first baseman
“Nobody put a gun on our heads. It would be a lie to say that one or two people are responsible. We are all responsible. "
Lance McCullers Jr., pitcher
"We are sorry and that is why we are talking to you. But especially in the postseason you have people who go into the sixth, seventh inning and throw perfect games against us. It was not very effective in those times and I really believe that. "
Josh Reddick, right field player
On whether the Astros should apologize to the Dodgers or Yankees: "We don't have a need to reach these guys or anyone on the matter. It's what it is. We have to ask forgiveness again and again and again, how bad we feel because this team is very sorry and very bad for what happened and that we didn't play a major role in preventing it. "
Alex Cora, former bank coach
"I don't want to distract the Red Sox when they go forward. My two years as a manager were the best years of my life. "
Will Harris, former pitcher