The WFAN host ripped the organization during and after a press conference with owner Jim Crane, manager Dusty Baker and brief apologies from players Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve addressing the sign-stealing scandal unearthed by a report from The Athletic and subsequent investigation by Major League Baseball this offseason. At no point during those statements did anyone believe that they were truly apologizing for their decisions.
Bellinger reiterated that he believes the Astros cheated well beyond the 2017 season.
Crane remained at the presser to take questions.
The team's owner, the bumbling Jim Crane, at one moment said this about their sign-stealing: "Our opinion is that this didn't impact the game".
When asked by Marly Rivera of ESPN what he's apologizing for, if it didn't affect the game, he claimed they were simply apologizing for "breaking the rules".More news: Final Fantasy VII Remake opening movie
The money quote, cleaned up (full version with language warning here): "For nobody to stand up and nobody to say we're cheating other players, that (stinks)".
It also shows the level of fakeness via the apology.
"You have bad sequences where they can pick it up easily".
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. "It used to be, 'Hey, if you can get my signs, good for you.' In the past, if a guy on second (base) was able to decipher it on a few pitches, I guess that was kind of part of the game". Crane did not flat-out deny the accusation.
Later, Crane had to clarify that he's "not trying to hide behind" the commissioner's report regarding not punishing players, he merely "agreed" with the report.More news: Shannen Doherty admits she is struggling with cancer diagnosis
"It's something you want to stop", Mattingly said. You would say, "Those accusations are completely ridiculous and absolutely unfounded".
Robinson Chirinos, who played for the Astros last season, said he saw nothing amiss last season. Carlos Correa, in particular, addresses the scandal in a respectable manner. Both had an emotional meeting with players on Wednesday before Astros pitchers and catchers reported to training camp for pre-season workouts.
The Houston Astros had PR companies across the globe pointing and laughing at them.
The Astros' new normal is just beginning.
As for the 2020 New York Yankees, all they can do is shrug their shoulders, forget about the nonsense, and get back to playing ball.More news: What Iowa and New Hampshire tell us about Medicare for All