pcloudyn.png
Tuesday August 4th, 2020 9:56PM

González 'remorseful' for role in Astros' sign stealing

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Marwin González became the first batter from the 2017 Houston Astros team that won the World Series to publicly apologize for his role in the sign-stealing scandal, expressing regret Tuesday after reporting to spring training with the Minnesota Twins.

“I'm remorseful for everything that happened in 2017, for everything that we did as a group, and for the players that were affected directly by us by doing this and some other things,” González said. He later added: "I wish that we could take it back, but there's nothing we can do now.”

Major League Baseball's investigation into the allegation first made publicly by former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers resulted in one-season suspensions for manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, a $5 million fine and the loss of Houston's first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021. Hinch and Luhnow were fired by the Astros, and Boston manager Alex Cora and New York Mets manager Carlos Beltrán also lost their jobs for their involvement in the sign-sealing system for the Astros, Cora was bench coach and Beltrán was a player on the 2017 team.

Former Astros pitcher Charlie Morton, now with the Tampa Bay Rays, said Saturday he regretted not making an effort to stop the sign-stealing at the time. The current Astros have mostly avoided commenting since the results were released from MLB's probe into the elaborate method they used to try to tip off teammates as to what type of pitch was coming.

González, a multi-positional player starting his second season of a $21 million, two-year contract with the Twins, had a career year in 2017 with the Astros. He hit .303 with 23 home runs and 90 RBIs in 134 games, with an OPS (.907) that was 148 points better than any other season of his eight-year career.

“I can't control how people think of me. I can control how hard I work, and that's the way that I prepare for this season,” González said at Minnesota's training facility in Fort Myers, Florida.

As for whether the Astros would have won the title without the assistance of the sign-stealing system, featuring outfield video cameras and trash can banging?

“You're never going to know. That was a great team. Great guys, too. Beside everything that happened, I know for a fact that they're great guys, but it's hard to answer that question,” González said.

The Twins have two new pitchers, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda, who were on the Los Angeles Dodgers team that lost to the Astros in the 2017 World Series. González said he planned to speak to them but downplayed the lasting effect of his connection to the scandal.

“I'm sure we're going to have a great relationship,” González said.

The players still with the Astros will have a harder time escaping the backlash around baseball.

“They're going to get booed. Hopefully they can get through that," González said. "I know they have a great team, too, and I hope to face them in the playoffs.”

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Baseball , AP Sports - Major League Baseball
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Under Armour puts NYC flagship store on ice, restructures
Under Armour's shares have tumbled after the athletic wear company said it anticipates a big financial hit from the viral outbreak in China
5:52PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Closings next as Weinstein declines to testify at rape trial
The defense has rested its case in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial
5:46PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Embattled Boy Scouts seek to boost support for abuse victims
The Boy Scouts of America is seeking to expand support services for men who were sexually abused during their time in the Scouts years ago
5:46PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Tapes of Avenatti threats highlight extortion trial closings
Michael Avenatti's lawyers told jurors in a closing argument that the combative California attorney was following a client's wishes when he threatened to expose Nike's role in a college basketball scandal
5:28PM ( 41 minutes ago )
At Westminster dog show and beyond, poodles give people paws
To many watching the Westminster Kennel Club choose a champion, Siba the standard poodle is the picture of what many see as the ultimate show dog — primped to perfection and adorned with puffs and pompoms. Others take a different view
5:14PM ( 55 minutes ago )
NCAA's Emmert presses Senate for 'guardrails' on athlete pay
NCAA President Mark Emmert is urging Congress to step in and put restrictions on college athletes' ability to earn money from endorsements
5:11PM ( 58 minutes ago )
AP Sports
Louisville, defending champ Vandy college baseball favorites
Louisville and defending national champion Vanderbilt bring No. 1 rankings into the college baseball season
1:22PM ( 4 hours ago )
Finally, Dodgers, Twins finalize Maeda-Graterol deal
The Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized their trade
10:35PM ( 19 hours ago )
AP source: MLB considering expanding playoffs to 14 teams
Major League Baseball is considering expanding the playoffs to nearly half the teams and allowing higher-seeded wild-card teams to choose opponents
7:58PM ( 22 hours ago )
AP Online Baseball
Marlins' Mattingly bothered by sign-stealing, Jeter vote
Baseball’s news cycle of late has been dominated by the sign-stealing scandal that led to upheaval in Houston and Boston, as well as Derek Jeter missing out on being a unanimous selection for Baseball’s Hall of Fame
3:29PM ( 3 days ago )
Deadly fire hangs over success of top Brazilian soccer club
It's been one year since a fire killed 10 teenage academy players at acclaimed Brazilian soccer club Flamengo
2:15PM ( 3 days ago )
Top Brazilian soccer club struggles to get past deadly fire
It's been one year since a fire killed 10 teenage academy players at acclaimed Brazilian soccer club Flamengo
11:07AM ( 3 days ago )
AP Sports - Major League Baseball
Under Armour puts NYC flagship store on ice, restructures
Under Armour's shares have tumbled after the athletic wear company said it anticipates a big financial hit from the viral outbreak in China
5:52PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Report highlights dangers for asylum seekers in Mexican city
A new report says the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo continues to be a dangerous place for asylum seekers waiting to cross into the United States after being sent back to await the outcome of their petitions
5:46PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Closings next as Weinstein declines to testify at rape trial
The defense has rested its case in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial
5:46PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Embattled Boy Scouts seek to boost support for abuse victims
The Boy Scouts of America is seeking to expand support services for men who were sexually abused during their time in the Scouts years ago
5:46PM ( 23 minutes ago )
House approves plan to create US women's history museum
Momentum is building in Washington for the creation of a museum dedicated to American women's history
5:40PM ( 29 minutes ago )