Last week, . Manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow were suspended one year (and later fired), and the team has to forfeit four high draft picks, among other things.
The Astros held their annual FanFest event at Minute Maid Park over the weekend and players in attendance were hardly contrite. and , which they very well might, because they’re still a great team.
Still, one would think an apology is in order at some point. It sounds like that point will be spring training. Tuesday night Astros owner Jim Crane told reporters, including Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, the team plans to get the players together and issue an apology in spring training. From Rome:
Crane said the players who’ve spoken have been “holding back a bit” and are apparently awaiting spring training to formulate a response.
“When we get down to spring training, we’ll all get them together and they’ll come out with a strong statement as a team and, I think, apologize for what happened and move forward,” Crane said Tuesday prior to the Houston Sports Awards.
and concluded the sign-stealing scheme was “player-driven.” Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran have also lost their managing jobs because of the scandal. “Everyone is split up. It’s a team,” Crane said. “We’re going to sit in a room and talk about it, then we’ll come out and address the press. All of them will address the press, either as a group or individually. Quite frankly, we’ll apologize for what happened, ask for forgiveness and move forward.”