Dodgers' Cody Bellinger destroys everything Astros and 'weak' punishment

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger leaves the batting cages during spring training baseball Friday Feb. 14 2020 in Phoenix

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger leaves the batting cages during spring training baseball Friday Feb. 14 2020 in Phoenix

"That's just wild. And I don't know if (Crane) meant to say that or not, but that's obviously not true, because knowing what pitch is coming greatly impacts the game", Bellinger said, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

The Houston Astros kicked off spring training with another apology for illegal signal-stealing during their 2017 championship run - but don't expect the owner to disavow their World Series win or feel that he should be punished.

Of course, one would have to question why the Astros invested such considerable time and effort in developing the sophisticated cheating scheme, if it didn't "impact the game".

Crane was asked whether the Astros were actually cheating when they used video to steal signs, he told reporters: "We broke the rules".

Major League Baseball did not punish any players for the cheating and Crane said he stood by that.

"Whatever we were doing, we had the chance to stop it as a team". Crane's fumbling continued as he contradicted himself less than a minute after saying the sign-stealing didn't impact the game.

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Predictably, Crane began his remarks by pointing to the steps he's taken since November and portraying himself as already having addressed the issue - not-so subtly emphasizing that he had already issued an apology, and saying the team "went above and beyond" by firing GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch after Major League Baseball issued them one-year suspensions. "These are a great group of guys who did not receiver proper guidance from their leaders".

Speculation has run rampant on Twitter and other sites that Astros players, including Jose Altuve and others wore buzzers in recent years.

"I feel disgusting for our sport, our game, you know, our fans, our city, our organization - just fans in general", Springer said, as NPR's Tom Goldman reported.

However, it's abundantly clear from the press conference, that not everyone in the Astros organization "feels bad" about what happened in 2017.

"I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization and by me", shortstop Alex Bregman said.

"We're not going to do anything to the players", the owner said. "But to go in the tunnel, change your shirt, and then come out and do your interview - that makes no sense to me".

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