Feb 13, 2020
Transcript: Houston Astros Apologize for Roles in Sign Stealing – Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Jim Crane Hold Press Conference
Houston Astros players Jose Altuve & Alex Bregman joined Astros owner Jim Crane in a brief apology statement on February 13, 2020. The morning press conference was to address the sign stealing scandal that took place in the Astros’ 2017 World Series run.
Jim Crane: (00:00)
I would like to personally thank all of our fans, sponsors, and the community of Houston for their loyalty and support. I will now turn it over to Alex who will speak on behalf of the players.
Speaker 2: (00:14)
Okay. Alex is going to give a brief statement followed by Jose Altuve.
Alex Bregman: (00:21)
Thank you Jim. I have some brief remarks that I’d like to share with you all. I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization, and by me. I’ve learned from this and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans. I would also like to thank the Astros’ fans for all of their support. We as a team are totally focused on moving forward to the 2020 season. Thank you.
Jose Altuve: (01:12)
Thank you Jim and thank you Alex. I also will be brief. We had a great team meeting last night and I want to say that the whole Astros organization and the team feel bad about what happened in 2017. 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 in 2020. Thank you.
Jim Crane: (01:51)
Welcome to the start of spring training. I’m going to go over a few remarks and then I’m going to turn it over to our players, followed by some comments from Dusty Baker here.
Jim Crane: (02:00)
Last month when MLB announced the penalties to the Houston Astros, I issued an apology to our fans and the city of Houston. I want to say again how sorry our team is for what happened. I want to also repeat that this will never happen again on my watch. MLB clearly stated that people leading the baseball operation and field operation should be held accountable for these actions and I agree with them.
Jim Crane: (02:36)
Our GM and manager were not only suspended for a year, we went above and beyond and fired them. MLB also acknowledged that the player should not be punished for the failure of our leadership. The leaders enabled, condone, and did not stock those actions that happened. I also agree that our players should not be punished for these actions. These are a great group of guys who did not receive proper guidance from their leaders. We cannot change the actions of the past, but we are fully committed and moving forward in the right way. I believe a big step in moving forward is with our new GM and manager. We have two men of great character leading our baseball operation.
Jim Crane: (03:40)
James Klick and dusty Baker will help our players and our entire organization deliver a competitive team on the field and continue our commitment to Houston and make them proud off the field. I’m very optimistic about this season. We have a great ball club and I look forward to talking to you all about the future. Finally, I would like to personally thank all of our fans, sponsors, and the community of Houston for their loyalty and support.