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"I think first and foremost, apologies should be in order. for everyone on the team", Keuchel said Friday, becoming the first member of the 2017 squad that won the World Series to publicly apologize. "When the stuff was going on, it was never meant to be what it's made to be right now", said Keuchel, who signed a three-year, $55 million contract with the Chicago White Sox last month.
The lawsuit, which named MLB, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox as defendants, was filed in a Manhattan federal court on behalf of all fans who participated in DraftKings' fantasy baseball contests, which plaintiff Kristopher Olson claimed were tainted by the sign-stealing scandal. That result led to the season-long suspension and subsequent firing of Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow as well as a $5 million fine for the team and loss of upcoming draft picks.
Dallas Keuchel was the first to talk about the Astros on Friday at Sox Fest when asked about his reasons for signing with the south siders this offseason. "You're playing 162 games at least in the regular season plus spring training and maybe in the playoffs if you're lucky", said Kuechel when asked about Fiers going public with the sign-stealing. For factual purposes, when there is no one on base, when in the history of baseball has there been multiple signs?
"There was probably six out of eight teams using multiple signs".
"It is just what the state of baseball was at the time". Was it against the rules? "Yes, it was, and I personally am sorry for what has come about, the whole situation".
"I don't think anyone is going to come out from other teams. They see what happens now".
Fox News' Brian Kilmeade discusses a DraftKings user suing MLB over the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal and the impact the scandal will have on the league. I'm sure that works in every example you can imagine and it'll let you off the hook in those cases too. "Some guys did a really good job, and sometimes we did as a group have signs but we still couldn't hit the pitcher". But at the same time, we might've had a few runs more per game. Carlos Beltran, the only player from the 2017 Astros mentioned in commissioner Rob Manfred's summary of the investigation, was sacked from his briefly held post as the manager of the New York Mets.
"It just happened to come out with the Astros", Keuchel said. "Did pitchers benefit from any of that?" "I never thought anything would have come like it did and I myself am sorry, but we've got to move on".
"There are a lot of people who are sorry in that organization, including myself, for what happened", he said.
"That's a tough subject because you're such a tight-knit community in the clubhouse, in baseball especially".
"It sucks to the extent of the clubhouse rule was broken and that's where I'll go with that", Keuchel said. "I don't have much else to say about Mike".
"Coaches and managers encouraged [them] to use the information".