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Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve apologize for sign-stealing scheme

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman
Posted at 10:25 AM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 17:41:46-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Houston Astros players Alex Bregman and José Altuve say the team is sorry for its sign-stealing scheme that was investigated and punished by Major League Baseball.

Astros owner Jim Crane and new manager Dusty Baker — who replaced the fired AJ Hinch — joined Bregman and Altuve at a news conference Thursday at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach.

"We cannot take back what happened," said Crane.

Altuve added there was a full team meeting Wednesday to discuss the incident.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred disciplined the Astros after he found the team broke league rules by using electronics to steal signs during its run to the 2017 World Series championship, and again in the 2018 season.

According to the investigation, the Astros video staff would monitor a camera feed from centerfield to decode the signs between the pitcher and catcher.

When the staff determined an off-speed pitch was coming, they would bang on a trashcan located near the dugout to notify the Astros' batter.

The team fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow just hours hours after Major League Baseball suspended the pair for the 2020 season.

WPTV and the Associated Press contributed to this report.