PORT ST. LUCIE — J.D. Davis is “ashamed” to have been part of the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing scheme.
The Mets outfielder previously joked about the matter in December, citing his anemic batting average in 2017 as proof he didn’t know what pitches were coming because of electronic surveillance on the catchers’ signs, but Friday he took a different tone.
“I spoke a little bit prematurely,” Davis said before a workout at Clover Park. “I spoke before or during the MLB investigation, and so I was a rookie (in 2017) and was going up and down the system and I was fighting for my life. MLB called and I cooperated with them and made my statements, and back to the December comment in the interview I spoke prematurely.”
Davis’ comments came a day after Astros players largely avoided taking responsibility for the scheme during a press conference at their spring training complex. Davis indicated as a young player with the Astros he was in no position to speak up.
“Everybody who was a part of the 2017 Astros, they feel regrettable about that decision,” Davis said. “Looking back as a young guy, being exposed to that in 2017 and looking back and getting a…