The Astros were fined and stripped of draft choices after the Major League Baseball investigation found that they used television cameras to steal signs of opposing catchers and passed the crucial pitch information on to Houston batters.
The Astros won the 2017 World Series and the 2019 American League pennant.
Team owner Jim Crane, who fired General Manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch in the wake of the scandal, was repeatedly asked Thursday whether the championships were now tainted.
“It’s a fair question,” Crane said at a news conference while seated next to his new manager, Dusty Baker.
“Your question, you could make that assumption very clearly … but to determine the effect and the cause is, in my opinion, almost impossible. So, again, we’ve dealt with it, we’ve said we’re sorry, we’re moving forward, and we’re going to play some baseball this year.”
Source: NBC News