While several figures from the 2017 Astros have lost jobs over their involvement in the cheating scandal engulfing baseball, one of Houston's most recognizable players has spoken out for the first time.
Third baseman Alex Bregman, addressing the situation with reporters on Saturday at a team-organized event for fans, denied wearing an electronic device to relay stolen signals to teammates, and repeatedly deferred to the findings of MLB’s investigation and the Astros' response:
"The commissioner came out with a report,” Bregman said. “MLB did their report, and the Astros did what they did, meaning they made their decision on what they're going to do. I have no other thoughts on it.”
The comments from Bregman, a two-time All-Star, echo those two days earlier from veteran outfielder Josh Reddick in that they offer little in the way of explanation or apology. “It just stinks for everybody,” Reddick said.
The fallout of the scandal has rocked the Astros as well as other organizations. Houston GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were suspended one year by the league and fired by the team, as was Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was bench coach with the Astros in 2017. Mets manager Carlos Beltran, an outfielder with Houston in 2017, stepped down without ever having managed a game.