TAMPA — Typically, spring training is a time for looking ahead at the upcoming season, not going back more than two years.
But these are not ordinary times for baseball, and on Friday, right-hander Chad Green became the latest Yankee to speak publicly about the sign-stealing scandal that has tainted the Astros’ 2017 World Series title — and possibly ended the Yankees’ 2017 season prematurely.
“My initial reaction was just frustration, I guess,’’ Green said.
Asked if he was angry that MLB’s investigation found the Astros guilty of electronically stealing signs at Minute Maid Park during their 2017 postseason run, Green remained level-headed.
“I think that’s the initial reaction,’’ Green said outside the Yankees’ minor league complex. “Anybody is gonna be upset about it a little bit. But you move forward.”
It likely won’t be that simple. Certainly not for Houston and even for the Yankees, who will no doubt be asked throughout spring training and into the regular season about losing in the ALCS to the Astros.
So far, though, Green said the topic of the Astros’ cheating hasn’t come up much in his first few days in camp. That is sure to…