Houston Astros owner Jim Crane broke the team’s silence regarding the team’s cheating scandal on Thursday morning. However, the baseball world isn’t too pleased with what he had to say.
Crane placed most of the blame on the team’s leadership. A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were suspended by the MLB for their roles in all of this, but the players were not punished by the MLB for their involvement.
During his press conference on Thursday, Crane caught everyone’s attention when he said “Our opinion is this (sign-stealing) didn’t impact the game.” New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman shared his thoughts on that remark from Crane today.
“I disagree with that,” Chapman said. “Was that the sole reason they won the World Series? I don’t know. But what I can say is when you have an advantage like that, it’s definitely going to make you a stronger team.”
Aroldis Chapman responds to Jim Crane's comments that the Astros stealing signs didn't have an impact on the game:
"I disagree with that…when you have an advantage like that, it's definitely going to make you a stronger team" pic.twitter.com/6YW3Q6jVFr
— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) February 13, 2020
The Yankees were on the cusp of defeating the Astros in the 2017 ALCS. They fell short in Game 7 on the road though.
New York lost all four road games during that series. Considering the fact that Houston only stole signs at home games, it would seem to indicate that cheating had an impact on the team’s World Series run.
Chapman gave up a walk-off home run to Jose Altuve in the 2019 ALCS. Many people speculated that Altuve knew what pitch was coming, but there’s no validity to those rumors.
Obviously this story isn’t going anywhere. Houston will have to face the music for the majority of this season.