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Dodgers: Dallas Keuchel Apologizes for Astros Scandal, Urges Former Teammates to Follow

Keuchel pitched for the Astros back in 2017.



Dallas Keuchel addressed the media on Friday in regards to the Astros cheating scandal and he did not really seem all too remorseful for his part in it. However, he is not one that is to blame considering he did not benefit from stolen signs — he is a pitcher. Keuchel has pitched for the Atlanta Braves and now will pitch for the Chicago White Sox in 2020, so he is long removed from his days with Houston. However, he was still a member of the team who took part in the illegal activity.

He ‘urged’ his former teammates to apologize for the wrongdoing, but there is a reason I put urged in quotations. He did not seem remorseful at all.

Jesse Rogers of ESPN recently wrote a column about Keuchel’s address of the media.

Dallas Keuchel Apologizes

While Keuchel’s apology wasn’t the best, he is also the first player from the 2017 Astros to publicly apologize for the scandal:

“I think first and foremost, apologies should be in order … for everyone on the team. When the stuff was going on, it was never intended to be what it’s made to be right now.”

He continued:

“When stuff comes out over the course of a big league ball season, it’s always blown up to the point of, ‘Oh my gosh, this has never happened before. I’m not going to go into specific details, but during the course of the playoffs in 2017, everyone was using multiple signs. For factual purposes, when there is no one on base, when in the history of baseball has there been multiple signs?”

You can make your own judgments about the sincerity of his apology:

“There was probably six out of eight teams using multiple signs. It’s just what the state of baseball was at that point and time. Was it against the rules? Yes, it was, and I personally am sorry for what has come about, the whole situation.”

Keuchel Lowkey Blasts Fiers

Mike Fiers is the one who started all of this — actually, he is the one who sort of finished it, too. Fiers is the whistleblower and people around baseball, namely Jessica Mendoza, Pedro Martinez, and now Dallas Keuchel, are upset about it. Maybe in the first place, you don’t cheat. Is that too difficult to comprehend?

Keuchel discussed Fiers breaking some set of unwritten clubhouse rules as if it were the cardinal sin. It’s not:

“It sucks to the extent of the clubhouse rule was broken and that’s where I’ll go with that. I don’t really have much else to say about Mike.”

As I have said, draw your own conclusions, Dodgers Nation. How are we feeling at the moment?

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. His statement is like you say, half hearted. But at least he made a statement. As for Fiers, yep he is under a negative spotlight right now from many players. It is the old “honor among thieves” adage. Don’t be surprised if Fiers writes a book. A la Jim Bouton.

  2. It’s one thing to rat out a player for something, don’t do that unless you are trying to save his life, like if a guy has an addiction. But when a whole organization is cheating it takes guts to do it, but you absolutely should. No question, move on!

  3. I agree. And an apology is empty unless it comes with some remorse or explanation, like” I knew it was wrong but was afraid to say anything. I should have and so I’m saying it now”.

  4. The Asstros have immunity from Manfred/MLB. You know it takes real courage to apologize when you have immunity, lol. All bets are off. I heard from MLB Network guys that it is bean-ball season on Astros, Awesome.

  5. I wholeheartedly commend Mike Fiers for letting the cheating be known. That’s called whistleblowing, and is necessary in our society. It took a lot of courage to do that. I also understand that pitchers were not so much cheating in this, it was the hitters, and the pitchers just knew about it. Some didn’t like remembering that they did it, like Fiers I presume, and came out about it. Good for him. I commend him and thank him for it.

  6. Geez, has it come to the point of “Doing what’s right” is now wrong….This is not prison, this is not some Gangster gang….this is Sports….Mike did the right thing….

  7. Keuchel is sorry he got caught. His thoughts on club house secrets show what kind of man he is. Small.
    Really small. He can get in through doggie doors. He is able to squeeze into a walnut. Flows through the shower head. Like a mold he spreads and stinks and is difficult to get rid of. What a punk comment.
    A real apology does not have conditions or excuses. I am ashamed he is my son. No he isn’t! My son knows how to issue an apology, not like fart breath. Whoops. Got carried away. That team should be disbanded. Cheating? Making millions isn’t good enough? The rich get richer and most of us know how.
    THE SHAME.

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