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Around the league
- Mitch Haniger had a second surgery, this time on his back.
- Kevin Pillar and the Red Sox have agreed to a 1-year/$4 million deal.
- Justin Anderson has sustained an oblique injury and will be out 4-6 weeks.
- MLB and the MLBPA donated another $1 million to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
- Eduardo Rodriguez lost his arbitration case to the Red Sox and will earn $8.3 million in 2020.
- Dustin Pedroia is still having a knee issue.
- Reminder that Rob Manfred is awful.
- Interested in all of the fallout from the BS apology tour of the Astros? Here you go:
"Our opinion is that this didn't impact the game." - Jim Crane— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) February 13, 2020
"I didn't say it didn't impact the game." - Jim Crane 55 seconds later pic.twitter.com/MnpPeeTUPL
We have a new record for insincerity in apologies pic.twitter.com/5HyhECge9o— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) February 13, 2020
Justin Verlander: “I wish I had said more. Looking back, I can’t go back, I can’t reverse my decision. Like I said, I wish I had said more and for that, I’m sorry.” pic.twitter.com/JptPemq6Hs— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 13, 2020
Jim Crane: "I don't think I should be held accountable."— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) February 13, 2020
Jim Crane said he does not feel it necessary to reach out to the Dodgers.— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 13, 2020
VIDEO: Amazing candor from Carlos Correa, calling ‘BS’ any anonymous report that Carlos Beltrán intimidated young players and that they were not allowed to speak up. pic.twitter.com/BWXzsbQvIa— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) February 13, 2020
Dallas Keuchel said he felt it was important to express contrition for Astros sign-stealing scandal, but did add— James Fegan (@JRFegan) February 13, 2020
“We’re always going to be World Series champs because we were talented and to me, we earned the right to be World Series champs."
Royals All-Star Whit Merrifield on the Astros: “I have no interest in hearing about them.... I have no respect for those guys anymore.”https://t.co/GcedSxMKFo— Lynn Worthy (@LWorthySports) February 13, 2020
Were the Astros still cheating in last year’s World Series? “Oh, yeah, no question,” Kurt Suzuki said. “We could hear it from their dugout. We heard their whistling. What are you going to do?” https://t.co/5GRUNpPXuL— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) February 14, 2020
Jose Altuve made himself available in the clubhouse after the press conference. He was asked about the buzzers and immediately referred to the league’s investigation not finding anything instead of flat out saying they didn’t exist. The Astros used buzzers. No doubt in my mind.— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) February 13, 2020
Here's the thing I have trouble squaring: If Houston Astros owner Jim Crane says the players are not at fault for the sign-stealing scheme and should be absolved, why did they spend the entire morning apologizing and asking for absolution? The disconnect doesn't make any sense.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 13, 2020
When I was young and about to lose in Ken Griffey Junior Baseball on N64, I would quickly turn the system off so I could replay the game. It is my opinion that this did not really affect the outcome of the game. I was already very good at the game.— Ty Kelly (@tykelly11) February 13, 2020
Manaea was unswayed by Jim Crane’s contention that the cheating did not affect games. “Then what’s the point of doing it then? Why are you all cheating if you don’t think it’s going to affect the game? You’re not doing it to try to lose or stay the same.”— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 13, 2020
Crane specifies that they are only apologizing for breaking the rules -- not cheating the game. #Astros— Kristie Ackert (@ByKristieAckert) February 13, 2020
Let us know what pitches are coming and let’s just see how much it “doesn’t impact the game”— June Calhoun (@11WillieCalhoun) February 13, 2020
Aroldis Chapman responds to Jim Crane's comments that the Astros stealing signs didn't have an impact on the game:— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) February 13, 2020
"I disagree with that...when you have an advantage like that, it's definitely going to make you a stronger team" pic.twitter.com/6YW3Q6jVFr
A’s manager Bob Melvin, getting yet another round of Astros questions, says Oakland HAD called league about possible cheating BEFORE Fiers allegations. “Everyone was fed up with it,” he says of numerous Houston opponents.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 12, 2020
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said he did not watch #Astros press conference today: "Our stance has been what happened happened. There's nothing we can do to change it. ... For us, our story is moving forward. ... A lot of good things are going to happen in '20. That's our stance."— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 13, 2020
Yuli Gurriel: "No one put a gun to our head. It would be a lie to say that one or two people are responsible. We are all responsible."— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) February 13, 2020
Springer: "We are ALL responsible. Carlos and Alex were great to us."
Bregman: "No one put us up to this. We did... https://t.co/WJQCtHcwy5
Scherzer on the Astros: “They crossed the moral line and cheated, but they got to answer for it. It’s not really for us to speak for them, they need to speak for themselves, to talk to the fans of baseball and explain what happened."— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) February 13, 2020
Even without a buzzer or a trash can, I'd imagine the Astros had a pretty good idea what questions were going to be asked ahead of time today and still swung and missed.— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) February 13, 2020