Astros owners on Brian Cashman’s ‘extremely weird’ blame game

CHICAGO — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is tired of hearing Brian Cashman complain about the 2017 Astros sign theft scandal — and he has a strange reason for it.

Earlier this spring, Cashman told The Athletic: “The only thing that’s been holding us back [in 2017] was something that was so illegal and terrible. … The only thing that threw us off course was a cheating circumstance that threw us off course.”

Crane told USA Today he deplores Cashman’s continued criticism of the World Series-winning Astros team, which used an illegal sign-stealing system during its championship run after it was discovered that the Yankees were in the have committed transgressions in the past few years.

“I found his comments extremely odd,” Crane told USA Today in a story published Wednesday. “There’s the letter, and you did that too. you were there dude What are you talking about?”

Jim Crane, Brian Cashman
Jim Crane, Brian Cashman
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“The letter” is the one MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sent to Cashman, which said the Yankees used their video replay room to decode characters and then relayed that information to the dugout.

Additionally, when the Yankees were in certain street stadiums where the video room was not near the dugout, they used the replay room phone to provide bench coaches with “real-time information” about their opponent’s signs, the letter said .

According to the September 14, 2017 letter, the violations occurred in 2015 and the first half of the 2016 season. The Yankees were fined $100,000.

It was recently unsealed after the Yankees spent almost two years keeping its contents secret because it was a confidential letter that only came to light following a dismissed lawsuit involving the Astros and Red Sox.

A day after writing the letter, Manfred noted that future sign-stealing would be punished more severely, which was the case for the Astros’ infamous sign-stealing scheme that spanned 2017-18 and involved the use of technology and smashing trash cans.

“If I were one of the teams and knew our team was doing it, I would shut up and just go about our business,” Crane said. “But listen, I can only control what’s going on here. I can’t control what the other guys do.” Astros owners on Brian Cashman’s ‘extremely weird’ blame game


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