Astros owner Jim Crane expects to hire new manager by Feb. 3

Astros owner Jim Crane expects to hire new manager by Feb. 3

Altuve belted a walk-off home run off of New York Yankees flamethrower Aroldis Chapman in Game 6 of the ALCS, and he was seen making a conscious effort to keep his jersey closed and pleading with his teammates to not tear it off as he approached home plate.

Houston Astros' infielder, Alex Bregman, pushed hard against the idea that he was carrying electronic devices as the scandal surrounding the team's signs continued.

Altuve, speaking through Scott Boras denied what he's being accused of.

On Wednesday, the matter of Astros players wearing electronic devices began with tweets stating that Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman "wore devices that buzzed" on the inside of their right shoulders, and that the devices were controlled by a video coordinator who presumably decoded signs by opposing catchers and relayed them to the batters.

Boras reportedly said Altuve didn't want his jersey removed due to his "shyness". "I'm too shy. Last time they did that, I got in trouble with my wife".

While 60% of adults and Major League Baseball fans alike say the scandals make no difference in their likelihood to watch Major League Baseball games, around a third of fans say they are less likely to watch the Astros or the Red Sox. The survey was started before Beltran and the Mets parted. Who was the best team in 2018? "I couldn't let myself be a distraction for the team". Both Cora and Beltran were members of the Astros at the time and were implicated in Manfred's report. He was the only player named. Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, now with the Oakland Athletics, was the only player with firsthand knowledge of the scheme who spoke on the record, cementing himself as the "whistleblower" in the story.

We've now heard from two different Astros players, and despite their cheating being proven as fact by Major League Baseball, neither seem to have any intention of being apologetic for using technology to steal signs on their way to winning a World Series.

And a day prior, Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired by Houston. On the issue of sign-stealing, though, Altuve wasn't ready to say anything about himself or other players being involved.

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