A former member of the 2017 Houston Astros team, who is at the center of a sign theft scandal, has widely apologized and recognized that the team deserved to be severely punished.
“If our punishment is hated by everyone forever, then (so be it),” said Gattis. “And I don’t know what should have been done, but something had to be done (explicitly). And I agree with that, great time.”
Gattis, who retired after the 2018 season, said he felt bad for opposing pitchers who didn’t have a fair chance to compete – and who might have lost their jobs or been downgraded as a result.
“We obviously cheated baseball and cheated fans,” he said. “The fans felt cheated. I feel bad for fans.”
After an MLB examination, Astros manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow were both suspended for one year in November. They were then fired from the Astros.
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Gattis said he was not angry with former teammate Mike Fiers, whose comments on The Athletic for the first time revealed the sign theft operation. As soon as the system was set up, the “pack mentality” got out of control.
“I still don’t know how to feel. I don’t think anyone – we didn’t look at our moral compass and say,” Yeah, that’s right. “It was almost like a paranoia war or something.” Gattis said, “But what we did was wrong.”