MLB star Josh Reddick joined the Houston Astros. That same year, the team won the World Series… and, as we now know, deployed an intricate system of stealing signs that same season.
Major League Baseball suspended manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after its investigation into the team. The two were later fired by owner Jim Crane. The team is attempting to move forward as we approach the 2020 season. Dusty Baker has taken over as the new manager of the World Series hopefuls.
Today, around the opening the spring training, the Astros held a press conference with Crane, Baker, and star players Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman. Crane gaffed pretty hard, saying that he didn’t believe it impacted the Astros winning games, or the 2017 World Series, before backtracking less than a minute later. Altuve and Bregman were not much more convincing in their brief statements. Baker, who wasn’t with the team during the scandal, received the only positive reviews for what he had to say.
After the press conference, Josh Reddick spoke to reporters about the situation. He was asked directly whether the team owed an apology to players on the other side of the scandal, including Los Angeles Dodgers star pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who pitched a team-high 15.1 innings in the series, allowing seven earned runs. Reddick doesn’t think the Astros need to reach out to individual players directly.
Reddick cont.: "It's just something we got to ask for forgiveness again and keep saying how bad we feel, because this team feels very sorry, very bad for what has happened and that we didn't take more of a role in preventing it."
— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) February 13, 2020
Kershaw pitched to a 2.31 ERA and an impressive 0.949 WHIP during the 2017 regular season. In the World Series, his ERA jumped to 4.02, though his WHIP was actually down by a hair.
It’s very hard to know exactly how the scandal impacted the Dodgers specifically, or how many particular wins it aided that year. A seven-game sample size is also very small compared to an entire baseball season.
Still, the Houston Astros clearly cheated, and whether or not they want to go through the rolodex and call all of those that they harmed along the way, they should probably find a way to come off at least a little bit more remorseful.