The Houston Astros Comment on Their Cheating Scandal: We’re Sorry

From the moment Major League Baseball confirmed the 2017 Houston Astros team had cheated on the way to winning the World Series, fans have wondered what members of that team would say about their actions. Were they remorseful, or defiant? Would they claim ignorance, or say that it wasn’t that big of a deal?

The Astros held a news conference Thursday morning at their spring training home in West Palm Beach, Fla. The owner Jim Crane, the new manager Dusty Baker, and players Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman were besieged with questions about the scandal.

“Our opinion is this didn’t impact the game,” said Crane. “We had a good team. We won the World Series, we’ll leave it there.” A minute later, when asked if he really believed the scheme didn’t have an effect, Crane contradicted himself: “I didn’t say it didn’t impact the game.”

“We’re apologizing because we broke the rules,” he said.

The locker room was open after the news conference, and all players — about a dozen remain from the 2017 team — answered questions. No player said they believed the scheme affected the results of the 2017 postseason, or that the team’s World Series trophy should be taken away.

The scheme — in which Astros players used a video feed to decode pitching signs from opposing catchers, then communicated them to their teammates with methods that included banging a trash can — resulted in the suspensions and subsequent firings of Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ general manager, and A.J. Hinch, the manager.

Players on that 2017 team, however, were granted immunity from punishment by M.L.B. in exchange for cooperating with the investigation. With no formal punishments, it is up to them to decide how to address their roles with the public.

Here is a look at the public comments that have been made so far by players, coaches and officials from the 2017 Astros.

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Jim Crane, owner


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CARLOS CORREA, SHORTSTOP


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Alex Bregman, third baseman


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Jose Altuve, second baseman


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Justin Verlander, Pitcher


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George Springer, Right fielder


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Yuli Gurriel, first baseman


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Lance McCullers, Jr., Pitcher


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Josh Reddick, right fielder


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Alex Cora, former bench coach


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Will Harris, former pitcher

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Charlie Morton, former pitcher


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Joe Musgrove, former pitcher


ImageThe Houston Astros Comment on Their Cheating Scandal: We’re Sorry

A.J. Hinch, former manager

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Marwin Gonzalez, former utility man


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Dallas Keuchel, former pitcher

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Carlos Beltran, former designated hitter


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MAX Stassi, former catcher

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Juan Centeno, former catcher


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Dave Hudgens, former hitting coach


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Francisco Liriano, former pitcher


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Jeff Luhnow, former general manager

Tyler Kepner contributed reporting

Produced by Michael Beswetherick.

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