Astros Offer Regrets, But Few Details

Players offer regrets and apologies, but stay mum on details about cheating scheme

Adam Spolane
February 13, 2020 - 2:31 pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (SportsRadio 610) -- James Click has been the Astros general manager for a little more than a week. 

So as his team met Wednesday night inside their clubhouse at FITTEAM Ballpark, he listened intently. 

“I was really impressed with this team,” Click said. "As a group of guys, as human beings, the sentiment that they had, it was as honest and sincere of a contrition and a taking ownership and responsibility as I ever could’ve hoped for. It exceeded my expectations.”

Wednesday night marked the first time the Astros had been together as a full group since game seven of the World Series.

The players had remained quiet in the month that’s passed since Major League Baseball issued its report on the Astros video sign stealing scheme, despite it leading to the dismissals of Click’s predecessor, Jeff Luhnow, and manager A.J. Hinch

“We’ve been all over the country at home,” Astros centerfielder George Springer said. “I think it’s more important to stand together as a team and try and send one message as opposed to being spread out and saying different things.”

“It was a lot about what was going to happen (Thursday),” Astros pitcher Lance McCullers said when asked about the meeting.

What transpired Thursday was a 30-minute press conference which was started by a statement from CEO Jim Crane.

Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve followed with brief statements read off pieces of paper.

When they finished, both players left, and Astros manager Dusty Baker read a statement.

A tense question and answer period ensued between reporters, Crane, and Baker. When that ended, reporters were led into the Astros' clubhouse.

“I’m sorry that we’re in this situation today,” Springer said. “I regret that we are in this situation today. I feel horrible for our sport, our game, our fans, our city, our organization. Just fans in general. The way our team is being viewed is just unfortunate and unnecessary.” 

The Astros offered many apologies but declined to go into much detail about how the cheating happened and why more wasn’t done to stop it.

“It’s just tough,” Springer said when asked if he felt intimidated to stop the scheme. “It’s a situation that until you find yourself in, you never really know what to do. I wish I had done more.

“I regret everything. I regret that we are in this situation and we shouldn’t be.”

Former Astros manager A.J. Hinch did try to stop the scheme when he broke the monitors being used to steal signs from a camera setup in centerfield, but Bregman declined to answer why that didn’t send a message to him and his teammates.

“I’m not going to talk about details today about anything, I’m just going to talk about us as a team moving forward.”

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