The owner of the Houston Astros Jim Crane He maintained that the signal theft scandal that his team was accused of and that is one of the largest scandals in the history of Big leagues, suffers the consequence every day.
“We broke the rules. They penalized us. We were punished. There is no doubt that it weighs on us every day, “he said in an interview with the Usa Today Sports portal.” But I don’t know what else they want us to do. I mean, you couldn’t do much more. We took great pain. Rob (Manfred) sent a punishment. We accepted the punishment and went further. “
The Astros They were penalized $ 5 million, had two first and second round picks taken from the 2020 and 2021 drafts and suspended the manager for one year. AJ Hinch and Mexican General Manager Jeff Lunhow, who were eventually fired by Crane.
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However, none of the players was penalized and even none of them have accepted or held responsible that they were key in the theft of signals. This scandal, also, was made during the 2017 campaign, when they won the World Series.
“People are upset that the players were not suspended. But I had nothing to do with it. That was the decision of (Commissioner) Rob (Manfred). It will always be what you want to call it. A black mark. An asterisk. It happened. It’s not good for anyone. What happened is not good for the game, “Crane said.
The signs to the Astros They returned to public discussion when Dodgers reliever Joey Kelly threw a pair of balls at the heads of two Houston players in the second game between the two teams, in what seemed like a signal theft rematch. .
The Astros they beat in the 2017 World Series, to the Dodgers.
“Sorry. We apologized. But no matter what happened, it wasn’t going to be enough. People wanted me out of baseball. They wanted the players suspended. They wanted everything.”
Crane also had words to remember the situation of the Mexican Roberto Osuna, whom they acquired in the midst of a domestic violence scandal that he perpetrated while playing with the Toronto Blue Jays.
“The players were concerned (about Osuna’s hiring). I told the guys on our team: ‘Listen, we made the decision (to sign him). He paid his price. We think he deserves a second chance. If he makes a mistake, he leaves. from here. You don’t have to worry about it, “he said.