The Astros players who benefitted from the team’s cheating operation did not sound very sorry this past weekend. Owner Jim Crane says that will come eventually.
Jose Altuve tried looking ahead to the future, while Alex Bregman hid behind the commissioner’s report when asked about the sign-stealing scandal that rocked the sport at an Astros fan event. No players were punished by MLB for their roles, though Carlos Beltran — the only player specified in commissioner Rob Manfred’s report — did part ways with the Mets as manager.
Crane, who fired manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Juhnow hours after the report became public, said the Astros are planning a team meeting to discuss how to approach the issue.
“When we get down to spring training, we’ll all get them together and they’ll come out with a strong statement as a team and, I think, apologize for what happened and move forward,” Crane told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday night.
The moving forward could be challenging as their baseball peers have vocalized their frustration on social media and have even hinted at retribution. Crane told the paper that the players who have spoken have been “holding back a…