Marwin González, ‘sorry’ For Stealing Signs In Astros

FORT MYERS, Florida, USA (AP) – Marwin González became the first Houston team former champion in the 2017 World Series who has publicly apologized for his participation in the ruse of signal theft. The Venezuelan baseball player expressed remorse for what happened on Tuesday, after introducing himself to the preseason camp with his current club, the Minnesota Twins. “I’m sorry for everything that happened in 2017, for everything we did as a group and for the players that were directly affected by the fact that we did this , ”Gonzalez told reporters. “I would like to go back in time and do different things, but there is nothing we can do. I just want to go ahead and focus on the 2020 team. ”The investigation opened by the Major Leagues on accusations of signal theft, originally made by Astros ex-launcher Mike Fiers, resulted in one-year suspensions for manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow. Also, Houston was sanctioned with five million dollars and with the loss of its first and second selection in the 2020 and 2021 draft. As soon as the punishments were announced, Hinch and Luhnow were dismissed by the Astros. They also lost their jobs Alex Cora, manager of Boston and also Puerto Rican Carlos Beltrán, pilot of the New York Mets, for his participation in the trap with the stars.Cora was a banking coach and Beltrán was a player in that 2017 team. Charlie Morton, a former Astros launcher and who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rays, had said Saturday he regretted not having made an attempt to stop signal theft when he showed up. The current Astros have practically refrained from making statements since the results of the major’s research on the elaborate method they used to notify the batter in turn of what type of pitch they would make were reported. Gonzalez, who has the capacity to perform in several positions, he is about to start his second campaign of a two-year, $ 21 million contract with the Twins. He achieved the best season of his career in 2017, with the Astros, when he hit .303 with 23 homers and 90 RBIs in 134 games. He then had an .907 OPS that surpassed 148 points to anyone else who has registered in his career eight years. ”I can’t control what people think of me. I can control how hard I work, and that is the way I prepare for this season, ”Gonzalez said at the Minnesota training facility in Fort Myers, Florida. Would the Astros have won the title without the help of the ploy to steal signals, which included cameras in the gardens and bumps in trash cans to send the notice to the batter? “You will never know. That was a great team. Great guys, too. Regardless of everything that happened, it is a fact that they are great guys, but it is difficult to answer that question, ”Gonzalez said. The Twins have two new pitchers, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda, who were on the Dodgers team of Los Angeles that fell to the Astros in the Fall Classic of 2017. Gonzalez said he planned to talk to them, but ruled out that there were resentments over his relationship with the scandal. “I’m sure we’re going to have a great relationship,” he said. The players who continue with the Astros will have more difficulty distancing themselves from retaliation in baseball. “They are going to be booed. Hopefully they can get ahead of this, ”Gonzalez said. “I know they also have a great team, and I hope to face them in the playoffs.”