Marwin Gonzalez became the first batter from the 2017 Astros to apologize for the electronic sign-stealing scandal that at least in part buoyed the team to a World Series crown. Entering his second year with the Twins, the utility player came clean on Tuesday.
“I’m remorseful for everything that happened in 2017, for everything that we did as a group and for the players that were affected directly by us doing this,” Gonzalez said, according to the Pioneer Press.
Gonzalez added that it’s impossible to know if they would’ve won it all without the aid of the scheme, according to USA Today.
Gonzalez seemed to benefit greatly from the intricate sign-stealing ploy, which included players being tipped off on an incoming pitch by the banging of a garbage can within earshot. The 30-year-old Gonzalez posted career-bests in batting average (.303), on-base percentage (.377), slugging percentage (.530), OPS (.907), RBIs (90) and home runs (23) in 2017. He didn’t come close to matching those numbers each of the last two seasons.
Following an investigation, MLB suspended Astros manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow one year before they were both fired. The Astros were fined…