MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred disciplined the Astros after he found the team broke rules by using electronics to steal signs during its run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season. We especially feel remorse for the impact on our fans and the game of baseball.
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"Whatever we were doing, we had the chance to stop it as a team".
"[The commissioner has] taken a position - and I agree with it - that the players weren't going to be held accountable". Manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were given one-year suspensions and they were both fired by the team. They had months to figure out the best way to handle this and they apparently settled on being a real-life version of that GIF where the guy walks to the auto with a handful of things only to slip and drop them all in spectacular fashion.
The league's investigation explicitly states that, with the exception of former Astros bench coach Alex Cora, the cheating scheme was entirely "player led".
"I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team by the organization and by me", Bregman told reporters.
Meanwhile Bregman and Altuve, two of the Astros' best players, expressed contrition for the scandal. "I've learned from this, and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans".
However, it's abundantly clear from the press conference, that not everyone in the Astros organization "feels bad" about what happened in 2017.
"At that meeting last night, the players showed tremendous remorse, sorrow and embarrassment for their families, organization, city of Houston and baseball", Baker said.
"We're not going to do anything to the players", Crane said, about 10 seconds after saying, "I think I've done just about everything I can".
Crane also said that he is confident his players never wore electronic buzzers. "But to go in the tunnel, change your shirt, and then come out and do your interview - that makes no sense to me".