Former Astros manager A.J. Hinch released a statement Monday after he was fired by team owner Jim Crane for his role in the team's electronic sign-stealing.
Hinch apologized for failing to stop the players and expressed regret in being connected to what happened.
“I appreciate Commissioner Manfred‘s unwavering commitment to upholding the best interests of baseball. I regret being connected to these events, am disappointed in our club‘s actions within this timeline, and I accept the Commissioner’s decision," Hinch said.
"As a leader and Major League Manager, it is my responsibility to lead players and staff with integrity that represents the game in the best possible way. While the evidence consistently showed I didn’t endorse or participate in the sign stealing practices, I failed to stop them and I am deeply sorry. I apologize to Mr. Crane for all negative reflections this may have had on him and the Astros organization.
"To the fans, thank you for your continued support through this challenging time - and for this team. I apologize to all of you for our mistakes but I’m confident we will learn from it - and I personally commit to work tirelessly to ensure I do.
"My time in Houston has provided some of the greatest moments in my career and those memories will always be near and dear to me and my family. I regret that my time with the Astros has ended, but will always be a supporter of the club, players, and staff I’ve had the privilege of working alongside. I wish them the best in the future of the game I love."
It is unclear who will replace Hinch, who was hired by the Astros to replace Bo Porter in 2014.
The Astros saw immediate success in 2015, earning a wild card and their first postseason appearance since last going to the World Series in 2005.
They won the World Series in seven games against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017, when the sign-stealing occured.