MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred claims that the Houston Astros batters didn't use buzzers or any other wearable devices as part of the team's larger sign-stealing scheme. However, footage of Jose Altuve during the American League Championship Series is raising questions.
As Altuve rounded third base and approached home plate following the walk-off home run, the Astros star gestured to his teammates not to rip off his jersey in the celebration. Could it have been because Altuve was wearing a wire?
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Jose Altuve and fellow Houston Astros player Alex Bregman apologized on February 13th for the team's sign-stealing scandal during their championship year in 2017. Speaking at a news conference as the Astros began spring training, Bregman said, "I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization and by me. I have learned from this and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans. Altuve said, "[the] whole Astros organization feels bad for what happened in 2017," adding, "[I] especially feel remorse for the impact on our fans and the game of baseball."
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Meanwhile, owner Jim Crane also apologized. Crane said, "this will never again happen on my watch."
When asked if the Astros should keep their 2017 World Series championship, Crane said he agreed with MLB having made clear they will keep the title, stating, "Our opinion is that this didn't impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series and we'll leave it at that."
Seconds later, Crane insisted that he NEVER insinuated that the organization's actions didn't impact the game...
Watch that mind-numbing video below