Justin Verlander hints that he expressed opposition to Astros stealing signs

Ruben Hill
February 14, 2020

The Astros were found to have used a video camera to steal signs in the 2017 regular season and postseason, and parts of 2018.

Houston owner Jim Crane also was among those who addressed the media Thursday, at one point saying that the Astros' cheating "didn't impact the game", only to contradict himself later.

Crane has replaced the team's top management, hiring veteran Dusty Baker as the new manager. He only just joined the Astros as their skipper January 29, a couple weeks after the team bid adieu to suspended predecessor A.J. Hinch.

The story was first reported by The Athletic in November, and Major League Baseball launched an investigation. Questions about it have persisted, though.

"I want to say again how sorry our team is for what happened", Crane said. Prominent members of the roster agree, for what it's worth, as Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle relays.

But perhaps one reason baseball fans and media have no interest in moving on is because the Astros are unbelievably awful at apologizing and taking accountability for the cheating that helped them win a championship, as commissioner Rob Manfred detailed in his report that stated the Astros continued using their illegal sign-stealing system in the 2017 postseason, even after all 30 teams were warned that September not to use electronics improperly to steal signs. Altuve wouldn't let his teammates rip off his jersey as he approached home plate to celebrate, but he quickly went into the locker room to change his shirt after that. Some may regard that as damning evidence that he was wearing a device at the time, though the former AL MVP vehemently denied those claims Thursday. "You don't realize how many people you hurt, not just players, but front offices, managers, coaches, even scouts. No one on this team wore a buzzer". Former Dodgers outfielder Josh Reddick said that he would not be issuing apologies to any former teammates.

"That's a lie. Nobody wore buzzers".

Speculation has run rampant on Twitter and other sites that Astros players, including Jose Altuve and others wore buzzers in recent years. Hence, the mess the Astros find themselves in now.

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