And now another Los Angeles player, this time on the National League side, Cody Bellinger, held nothing back in his assessment of the Astros cheating their way to two World Series over the past three years, winning one in 2017 against his Dodgers.
However, if anyone watching the press conference was expecting the team to take ownership of the sign-stealing scandal the team used to help win a World Series in 2017, they were sorely disappointed. "Our opinion is that this didn't impact the game".
From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. Not to mention the considerable risk they took in implementing the scheme considering that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred had specifically warned teams not to engage in this type of cheating. "We know for sure, for a fact, 100 percent as a team".
Asked moments later about his statement about the effects on the game, Crane tried to backtrack, saying, "It's hard to determine how it impacted the game, if it impacted the game".
Predictably, Crane began his remarks by pointing to the steps he's taken since November and portraying himself as already having addressed the issue - not-so subtly emphasizing that he had already issued an apology, and saying the team "went above and beyond" by firing GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch after Major League Baseball issued them one-year suspensions.
They seem like great guys. I'm really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization and by me.
Speaking of the players, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman also addressed the media. I have learned from this and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans. "I want to also repeat that this will never happen again on my watch". He added that: "I especially feel remorse for the impact on our fans and the game of baseball", he said.
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. The Astros had a meeting on Wednesday night to discuss the issue. "But to go in the tunnel, change your shirt, and then come out and do your interview - that makes no sense to me".