Astros Players To Join Owner, Manager at Spring Training Press Conference

The clubhouse will open at 9 a.m. central time following the press conference

Brandon Scott
February 12, 2020 - 7:34 pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida -- Houston Astros players are expected to address the sign-stealing scandal as a group for the first time at a press conference Thursday morning. 

The team announced the press conference Wednesday night, just hours before the first workouts for pitchers and catchers at spring training.

Astros owner Jim Crane, manager Dusty Baker and players will take part in the press conference, which the Astros are expected to live stream on their website at 8:30 a.m. CT and social media accounts. 

The team did not specify which Astros would participate.

The clubhouse will open at 9 a.m. central time following the press conference. 

So far, only former Astros who were part of the 2017 World Series team have offered public apologies. 

Dallas Keuchel was the first to do so, followed by Charlie Morton and Marwin Gonzalez.

Major League Baseball released a report Jan. 13 stating the Astros' electronic sign-stealing from 2017 was "player driven," although the Wall Street Journal reported last week it was the front office which first introduced the concept in 2016.

Front office staff members had one way of decoding signs -- by using an Excel-like spreadsheet to link the signs with actual pitches thrown, later to be relayed to the clubhouse and eventually with a runner on base.

Players, led by now retired Carlos Beltran and former bench coach Alex Cora, found a more streamlined version of this scheme by instead decoding signs with a live monitor in the dugout and relaying their messages by banging on a trash can. 

A trash can bang indicated an off-speed pitch was coming.

Crane fired former manager A.J. Hinch and former general manager Jeff Luhnow after it was announced they'd be suspended for the entire 2020 season for their roles in the electronic sign-stealing scheme. 

Crane has since hired Baker to replace Hinch and former Tampa Bay Rays executive James Click to replace Luhnow. 

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