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.
Keuchel apologizes for Astros sign-stealing scandal. Said it was “not like every game we had it going on.” pic.twitter.com/oAS4DewLk5
— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) January 24, 2020
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.”
“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?