Two of the Houston Astros’ leading players, 3rd baseman Alex Bregman and 2nd baseman Jose Altuve, released apologies for their function in a sign-stealing plot that caused the termination of supervisor AJ Hinch and basic supervisor Jeff Luhnow.
“I have some brief remarks I’d like to share with y’all. I’m really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization and by me,” Bregman stated Thursday, with his hands linked at the fingertips checking out from a ready declaration. “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.”
Altuve, the 2017 American League MVP, and Bregman promoted a combined one minute, 24 seconds and did not straight resolve their function in the scandal.
“We had a great team meeting last night. And I want to say the whole Astros organization and the team feels bad about what happened in 2017,” Altuve stated. “We especially feel remorse for the impact on our fans and the game of baseball. Our team is determined to move forward to play with intensity and bring back a championship to Houston in 2020.”
— When New York Yankees left-hander Aroldis Chapman sees the video of Altuve rounding the bases after the series-ending homer in Game 6 of the 2019 American League Championship Series, he questions if Altuve understood that an off-speed pitch was coming.
As the Astros 2nd baseman neared home base, he got his t-shirt and chewed out his colleagues not to dupe his jersey. Altuve’s actions have actually increased speculation that the group’s sign-stealing scandal consisted of making use of wired gadgets.
“I’ve seen that video,” Chapman stated through an interpreter in Tampa, Fla., where Yankees catchers and pitchers remain in the early days of spring training. “A lot of people have seen that video. It’s a popular video right now. And yeah, if you look at his actions, they look a little suspicious. At the end of the day, I just don’t know. I can’t tell you if he had the sign or didn’t have the sign — I don’t know. That’s a good question for him and for those guys. I just don’t know.”
— Free representative outfielder Kevin Pillar and the Boston Red Sox consented to a 1 year, $4 million offer, numerous media outlets reported.
If Pillar passes his physical this weekend,
The offer apparently would be completed. Boston’s position gamers are not needed to report to spring training up until Sunday.
Pillar, 31, began last season with the Toronto Blue Jays, then was gotten by the San Francisco Giants in a four-player sell early April. He integrated to bat.259 with a.287 on-base portion, a.432 punching portion, 21 crowning achievement, 37 doubles, 3 triples and 88 RBIs in 161 video games in 2019.
— Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez lost his arbitration case and will make $8.3 million this season, according to numerous reports.
Rodriguez had actually asked for $8,975,000 after having a career-best project in 2019, when he went 19 -6 with a 3.81 ERA in 34 begins. He made $4,325,000 in 2019.
Rodriguez, who turns 27 in April, is 51-31 with a 4.03 ERA in 127 profession looks (122 begins) over 5 big league seasons, all with Boston. He owns a 32-11 mark over the previous 2 projects.
— Red Sox 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia will not report on time to spring training due to ongoing pain in his left knee.
Position gamers are set up to get here Monday in Fort Myers, Fla., however interim supervisor Ron Roenicke validated that the 36- year-old Pedroia will not exist.
The four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, two-time World Series champ and 2008 American League MVP has actually just played in 9 video games over the previous 2 seasons. Pedroia has actually gone through numerous surgical treatments to eliminate and bring back the cartilage scar tissue given that initially hurting his knee in2017 He had joint conservation surgical treatment last August.
— Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake was identified with a fractured left wrist and wishes to be recuperated for the start of the routine season. When the fracture was spotted, Leake went through an MRI examination on Wednesday and that is.
Leake, 32, stated he just recently fell while chasing his pet dog and thinks he exacerbated an old fracture. He was sporting a brace on the wrist while speaking to press reporters. “Hopefully two weeks (of rest) can make it feel normal,” Leake stated. “It won’t be full strength, but we’ll do our best to heal the bone.”
Leake will be not able to play catch and will get his including by plucking balls out of a pail.
— Field Level Media