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Sports Astros owner apologizes to SI reporter for claiming she fabricated story

20:25  27 october  2019
20:25  27 october  2019 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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  Report: Yankees believe Astros were stealing signs by whistling in Game 1 of ALCS According to a report, a Yankees coach noticed a whistling sound coming from the Houston dugout before certain pitches during the ALCS opener at Minute Maid Park. The Yankees became angry and yelled across the field, believing the whistling was a form of sign-stealing and was being used to alert batters to what pitch was coming.A number of coaches and executives said that such an act would be widely considered a violation of the sport’s “unwritten rules.”“They are NASA,” one coach said. “If a pitcher is tipping and the players can see from the dugout, no biggie. If they get it from somewhere else, that’s dicey.

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane sent Sports Illustrated reporter Stephanie Apstein a letter formally retracting a since-debunked statement the team put out after she reported an ugly incident involving a now-fired team executive. “On behalf of the entire Astros organization, I want to personally apologize

After SI published Apstein's report on Monday, the Astros released a statement calling it an "attempt to fabricate a story where one does not exist." Sports—have corroborated SI 's reporting . On Tuesday, Taubman issued a statement apologizing for his comments on Osuna.

Jim Crane wearing a suit and tie: jim-crane© (Pat Sullivan/AP) jim-crane

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has personally apologized to Sports Illustrated reporter Stephanie Apstein and retracted the team’s original statement that she attempted to fabricate a story about about the team’s assistant general manager last week.

On Sunday, Apstein tweeted an image of the letter Crane sent to her this weekend.

“On behalf of the entire Astros organization, I want to personally apologize for the statement we issued on Monday October 21st,” Crane wrote in the letter. “We were wrong and I am sorry that we initially questioned your professionalism. We retract that statement, and I assure you that the Houston Astros will learn from this experience.”

SI reported Monday that Astros’ assistant general manager Brandon Taubman taunted a group of female reporters during their ALCS celebrations on Oct. 19, yelling “Thank God we got Osuna. “I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!”

Taubman’s taunts are in reference to Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who was suspended 75 games last year for violating MLB’s domestic policy while a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto later traded Osuna to Houston.

The Astros fired Taubman on Thursday after an investigation by MLB and the team.

Astros owner: 'We're going to take a run' at re-signing Cole .
Don't rule out the Houston Astros in the upcoming Gerrit Cole sweepstakes. Owner Jim Crane said Monday that the Astros want to bring the free-agent ace back, but it should be a challenge. "We’re going to take a run at it," Crane said, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. "We don't know if we can get to where they want to get. (Agent Scott) Boras is tough to deal with." Crane added that the Astros could exceed the luxury tax threshold in 2020.Houston did offer Cole a $17.8 million qualifying offer on Monday. However, it's a near certainty the AL Cy Young finalist will reject it as he's likely to receive a contract in free agency in excess of $200 million.

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