Crane did not help his own case, saying "I don't think I should be held accountable", for his part in the scandal and doubling-down on his belief that the sign-stealing set-up did not give the Astros a competitive advantage during its run towards a 2017 World Series title, which included defeating the Yankees in the ALCS. The Astros had four months to prepare for this moment and they completely botched it to an incredible degree. "We especially feel remorse for the impact on our fans and the game of baseball, and our team is determined to move forward, to play with intensity and to bring back a championship to Houston", Altuve said. It has already tainted the franchise's lone World Series beyond conceivable fix. "And we'll leave it at that".
Major League Baseball did not punish any players for the cheating and Crane said he stood by that.
In the clubhouse after the news conference, some players handled the situation a bit better. "I'm here to correct it and I'm here to take this team forward...it won't happen again on my watch". If I'm lying here, I'll lose credibility if something like that comes out and that's not what I want to do.
The scheme, revealed by former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, led MLB to impose a $5 million fine to the Astros and strip the team of its top two MLB Draft picks in 2020 and 2021.
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Also, Alex Cora, a bench coach with the Astros in 2017, was sacked from his position as Red Sox manager. A separate probe of possible Red Sox sign stealing is ongoing.
Crane also insisted that he wasn't aware of the sign-stealing operation and that he shouldn't be punished as a result. He had signed a deal to manage the New York Mets but was sacked before guiding the team in a single game. Everyone knows they stole the ring from us.
"We've had a lot of time to kind of process all this and the range of emotions has been huge".
While players from around the league have condemned the Astros for unfairly stealing signs during the 2017 season, the consensus is that most want to move on and exclusively focus on the upcoming campaign.
"We know for sure, for a fact, 100 percent, as a team..." "You don't realize how many people you hurt, not just players, but front offices, managers, coaches, even scouts".