After a lengthy MLB investigation, the Houston Astros were found to have cheated using an electronic sign-stealing system during the 2017 season, which ended in their first World Series championship. Players in the dugout would bang on a trash can to relay to hitters which pitch was coming.
Various members of the Astros organization including owner Jim Crane, manager Dusty Baker and players Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman spoke during a press conference on Thursday during Spring Training.
WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts opened their afternoon show breaking down their thoughts on everything we heard from the organization, both during the press conference and the players speaking with the media afterward in the clubhouse.
"The press conference was awful," Roberts said. "Jim Crane was terrible ... Altuve and Bregman barely said anything ... where it got interesting was when all the players were meeting with reporters and answering questions."
Justin Verlander comes across as a hypocrite. He's got a million things to say about guys on steroids. He's got a million opinions and on this, he says 'maybe I should've said more you.' You just wanted your team to win more."
Multiple reports came out claiming former Astros player Carlos Beltran was the "ringleader" in the sign-stealing scandal and younger players felt they couldn't speak
"Very easy to blame the dead guy, the guy whose not here anymore.... overall I don't think the Astros did a good job today," Roberts said. "We don't believe them. There's a lot of people who don't either. Why would we all say all of a sudden say, oh there telling the truth, they're coming clean?"
"I'm not saying you should believe him but I like that he said we tried to use it during the postseason but it didn't work. I get that Los Angeles Dodgers players, Yankee players, Dodger and Yankee fans will say BS, they probably did get signs, it helped them during the postseason. They don't want their championship to be tainted. Every person who was asked about the title being tainted feels it isn't tainted. It worked in the regular season, it didn't in the postseason, which is believable. He's the only guy that had some semblance of real to him. Everybody else felt like a robot."
In 2017, the Astros team that was punished for cheating beat the Yankees in an ALCS that went seven games. In 2018, the Yankees were eliminated in the playoffs by the Red Sox, who have also faced accusations of electronic sign stealing. There's also the mysterious Altuve home run that knocked the Bronx Bombers out in 2019.
"I don't know what you expect these guys to say," Benigno said. "I don't think anybody is going to be totally satisfied with what any of these guys say... I don't know what somebody wants from the Astros here? They are going to try and downgrade as much as they can... are you gonna believe that? Probably not. what more do you need? What more do you want?"