Rob Manfred defends Astros’ punishment, says he would’ve penalized players in ‘perfect world’


On Sunday, it was MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s turn to face the public regarding the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal that has dominated baseball the last four months. The Astros held a press conference last week that was heavy on canned remarks and light on genuine remorse. Owner Jim Crane fumbled through responses and at one point said the scheme didn’t “impact the game.”

“When we began the investigation after we became aware of the Houston situation, we started with an important and fundamental goal,” Manfred said at a Sunday press conference. “That was goal was to make sure that we found the facts, completed the investigation, found out what was going on, and put ourselves in position to be as transparent with our fans and other clubs. People had a right to know what happened and we achieved that goal.”

Earlier on Sunday, Manfred conducted an interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravech in which he said Houston’s apology earlier in the week was “not successful.” 

MLB handed one-year suspensions to manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow last month following a months-long investigation. Shortly after MLB announced Hinch and Luhnow’s suspensions, 

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