Alex Bregman addresses Astros sign stealing scandal

Posted at 1:58 PM, Jan 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-18 15:00:26-05

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Astros shortstop Alex Bregman addressed the media Saturday at Astros FanFest for the first time since the MLB's report on the 2017 sign stealing scandal was released.

On Monday afternoon, the MLB announced that the Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch would be suspended for the 2020 season. Moments later, Astros owner Jim Crane announced that the GM and manager would also be fired.

"I have higher standards for the city and the franchise and I'm going above and beyond MLB's penalty," Crane said during a press conference on Monday. "We worked very hard to build this organization for our employees, fans, sponsors, community and the city to all be proud."

Although Bregman was at FanFest to meet fans and discuss the upcoming season, most questions were about the scandal.

When asked if he has any regrets about the 2017 season, Bregman said, "The commissioner came out with a report, MLB did their report, and the Astros did what they did, meaning they made their decision on what they're going to do. I have no other thoughts on it."

He gave a very similar answer to all other questions regarding the scandal.

Bregman said the team is ready to go into spring training despite not having a manager three weeks before it starts.

"We're ready to go down to spring training and play a game," he told reporters.

He was quick to deny when a reporter asked if he ever wore devices under his jersey, "No, no, no, no."

Bregman said he's looking for a new manager that's ready to lead the team.

"A guy who will lead us, I want to go out there and play baseball," he said.

Bregman emphasized that the team is moving forward, not letting the scandal hold them back.

"This is a team game, we're going down to spring training as a team, getting ready to play the 2020 season, and we're looking forward to it," Bregman told reporters. "The 2020 year our actions will speak louder than our words."

In addition to the firing of Luhnow and Hinch, the team will also be forced to forfeit its first and second round picks in the 2020 and 2021 MLB draft.

The Astros were also fined $5 million, which is the highest allowable fine under the Major League Constitution.

"While the evidence consistently showed I didn't endorse or participate in the sign stealing practices, I failed to stop them and I am deeply sorry," Hinch said in a statement.

In addition, former Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman, who was fired by the Astros in October after he made offensive comments directed at a group of female reporters at the end of the American League Championship Series, has been suspended for one year.