Astros' strongest buzzer denial doesn't come from Jose Altuve

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger leaves the batting cages during spring training baseball Friday Feb. 14 2020 in Phoenix

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, manager Dusty Baker, third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve each delivered statements Thursday morning outside the team's spring training complex in West Palm Beach to address and apologize for the electronic sign-stealing scandal during their 2017 World Series run.

But perhaps one reason baseball fans and media have no interest in moving on is because the Astros are unbelievably bad 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.

Crane remained at the presser to take questions. "We especially feel remorse for the impact on our fans and the game of baseball, and our team is determined to move forward, to play with intensity and to bring back a championship to Houston", Altuve said.

Their owner laughably claims it didn't affect the games, but literally any major leaguer can tell you that knowing the pitch in advance is an enormous advantage.

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But Crane's incredibly poor apology wasn't even the worst one, which tells you just how unbelievable this entire fail by the team was on Thursday.

"Clearly, the report states that I didn't know about", Crane said. "Our opinion is that this didn't impact the game".

It also shows the level of fakeness via the apology. "If you look at his actions, they're suspicious".

Those Astros were a supremely talented team run like a McKinsey consulting firm with a culture that even Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred called "very problematic" in his nine-page report detailing the investigation into Houston's trash-can-banging. Crane did not flat-out deny the accusation.

The league and the team have declined to punish any players over the scheme, which was described in the commissioner's report as "player-driven".

If you knew you were innocent of something, what would you say? You would say, "Those accusations are completely ridiculous and absolutely unfounded".

He's still openly upset at Astros players.

Some Astros players like Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel actually sacked up and admitted that they did it, they were sorry, and they are not proud of themselves.

In the clubhouse after the news conference, some players handled the situation a bit better.

The Astros' new normal is just beginning.



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