Justin Verlander: 'We Dug Our Grave. We're In It.'

Verlander expressed disappointment about his team losing the respect of their peers

Brandon Scott
February 15, 2020 - 10:48 am

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- As players around Major League Baseball weigh in on the Astros' electronic sign-stealing scandal, it becomes clearer how respect has been lost by this team. 

They went from a feel-good story, winning the 2017 World Series, to becoming the league's villain. 

National League MVP Cody Bellinger is one of several players to sound off on the Astros in recent days, arguing that Jose Altuve "stole" the American League MVP from Aaron Judge in 2017 and the Astros stole the World Series from the Dodgers that year. 

When asked about the comments Saturday, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander acknowledged Bellinger is entitled to his own opinion and expressed disappointment about his team losing the respect of their peers. 

"Yeah, it bothers me," Verlander said. "But like I said, he's entitled and everybody else is entitled to their own opinion. I think facts are still coming out. Information is still coming out and I don't think this is going to be something that's done now, maybe even for us. I think there's going to be information that's going to continue to be coming out for a long time."

Verlander did not specify what information he believes may come out, nor would he speculate on what other teams may have been doing to steal signs. 

"We obviously know that there's more information coming out about other teams," Verlander said. "Where that leads, what happens, I don't know. ...

"I don't want to insinuate about other organizations. The other day, we apologized for what we did and we're continuing to move on as an organization."

Verlander said it's important to ensure a level playing field across baseball when it comes to using technology during a game. 

That's something he hopes to work on with the player's union and the commissioner's office. 

Verlander was asked if he was in favor eliminating all technology from live action.

"I don't know if that's realistic or not to just eliminate it all, but I think there's a happy medium," Verlander said. "What that is, I don't know. What that would look like, I don't know."

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