For the first time since the MLB sign-stealing scandal investigation became public, current members of the Houston Astros organization apologized for their role in the matter on Thursday.
Astros' infielders Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman expressed regret for their roles in the sign-stealing scandal in front of reporters in West Palm Beach, Florida. Both statements were brief, and neither player answered any questions after they spoke.
"I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by my organization, and by me," Bregman said. "I've learned from this, and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans."
Altuve followed Bregman by issuing his own statement and specifically apologized for what happened in 2017, the year Houston was crowned World Series champions.
"I want to say the whole Astros organization and the team feel bad about what happened in 2017," Altuve said. "We especially feel remorse for the impact on our fans and the game of baseball."
This wasn't the first time either of them spoke to the media since the investigation. Bregman was asked questions about it at the Astros fan-fest event in mid-January, and he refused to take any blame then.
Altuve spoke at that same fan fest. He also dodged questions about the scandal but did congratulate the Nationals on their World Series title.
Astros owner Jim Crane was asked on Thursday why those two players failed to show remorse during the fan fest.
"To be honest, they weren't prepared," Crane said. "The guys were caught off guard."
Both Bregman and Altuve concluded their statements by thanking the Astros fans for their unwavering support throughout the whole process.
"I would also like to thank the Astros fans for all of their support," Bregman said. "We as a team are totally focused on moving forward to the 2020 season."
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