The Houston Astros held a press conference Thursday morning where ownership and some of the players apologized for the sign-stealing scandal that has seemingly tainted its 2017 World Series championship.
Astros owner Jim Crane promised that such a scandal “will never happen again on my watch,” but added that he didn’t believe Houston’s sign stealing scandal ultimately impacted the results of any games. (RELATED: Astros Throttle Nationals To Take Series Lead)
Jim Crane says the Astros’ sign-stealing didn’t affect their World Series title in 2017:
“Our opinion is this didn’t impact the game” pic.twitter.com/fKh1UxFLC6
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Astros stars involved in the scandal also took to the podium apologizing, including shortstop Alex Bregman.
“I’m really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization, and by me.” – Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve speak about the Astros cheating scandal pic.twitter.com/al5dtaHtEg
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The Astros were hit with a historic punishment earlier in 2020 over the scandal. The team was hit with a $5 million fine, and the loss of several draft picks, while general manager Jeff Lunhow and manager A.J. Hinch were both suspended for a year, and subsequently lost their jobs as a result.
Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mike Bolsinger is suing the Astros for $31 million because he believes that he lost his career in the MLB as a result of a very bad outing against the team.
“I remember saying, ‘It was like they knew what I was throwing,'” Bolsinger recalls.
The former ball player reportedly wants any money received from a civil suit to go to charities in the Los Angeles area.
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