SAN DIEGO — Before he was asked a question, Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch addressed a throng of gathered media at the baseball winter meetings, saying that he could not comment on matters related to the sign-stealing scandal that has enveloped his team. He admitted that he knew the questions would come anyway. They did.
“Not sure I’ve ever been so popular,” Hinch said, drawing a few laughs before offering his opening remarks. “To address the elephant in the room, I’m happy to see all of you. I know you are here for obvious reasons.
“I’ve got great respect for what you do, and if I was in your shoes, I would be on the other side of this table, and I would want to ask questions and find answers and get some more information about the investigation and all the allegations and things like that. I know you’re probably expecting this, but I can’t comment on it. It’s an ongoing investigation.
“What I can say is I’ve committed my time and energy to cooperate with MLB. I’ve talked to them a couple of times, and we continue to work with them as they navigate the investigation. Now we’re waiting [for an outcome], with everything in their hands. I know there will still be questions. I hope…