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Astros owner Jim Crane bungles sign-stealing apology, players try to pick up slack

Yet all over again, Astros management produced a lousy situation even worse.

At a long-awaited apology news meeting Thursday, Houston proprietor Jim Crane explained his team’s 2017 indication-stealing plan “did not affect the video game” and struggled to articulate why the gamers who participated in a plan described as “player-pushed” should not be punished for their steps.

Predictably, Crane began his remarks by pointing to the steps he is taken due to the fact November and portraying himself as previously having resolved the issue — not-so subtly emphasizing that he had previously issued an apology, and stating the group “went earlier mentioned and beyond” by firing GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch right after MLB issued them a person-year suspensions.

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The most sizeable soundbite of the press meeting, while, came a little bit later, right after gamers Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve produced incredibly brief appearances to apologize.

Crane, responding to a dilemma about likely messages he wished to say to other teams the Astros defeat in 2017, delivered this doozy, on which he immediately backtracked:

Afterwards, Crane had to make clear that he is “not striving to conceal guiding” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s report with regards to not punishing gamers, but merely that he “agreed” with the report.

“We are not going to do just about anything to the gamers,” Crane explained, about 10 seconds right after stating, “I consider I have finished just about all the things I can.”

“[The commissioner has] taken a position — and I concur with it — that the gamers weren’t going to be held accountable. The leaders have been held accountable, and that’s where by we are going to go away it.”

In the clubhouse right after the news meeting, some gamers managed the situation a little bit superior. Carlos Correa acknowledged more responsibility than any Astros player has earlier, disputing studies that Carlos Beltran intimidated younger gamers into taking part in the plan. Yuli Gurriel explained to ESPN, “No a person set a gun to our head.”

“No matter what we have been doing, we had the opportunity to stop it as a group. Most people. Most people had the opportunity to say anything, and we did not,” Correa explained, for each ESPN.

“It was certainly wrong. It was certainly wrong, and we should’ve stopped it at the time,” Correa added, via the Tampa Bay Instances.