JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) - Jeff Albert says there's nothing he would do differently regarding his time with the Houston Astros in 2018 – when the team was found guilty by MLB of using video to steal signs. That's because he says all of the allegations were "news to me."
“I don’t feel like I was watching or witnessing anything that was not normal,” Albert, the current St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach told media on Wednesday.
Albert was Houston's minor league hitting instruction from 2014-17 and the Astros ast. hitting coach in 2018. The cheating happened during home games of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, according to MLB's report.
Albert said he would be "surprised" to hear his name brought up in any allegations. He explained that although he was with the team the entire 2018 season, his role often took him away from the dugout where at times a trash can was banged on to signal to the Houston batter what type of pitch was coming.
He says it was important to talk to Mo, Shildt and others at the Cardinals to be upfront about his perspective.
You can hear more from Albert in the audio at the top of this page.