Hal Steinbrenner wants to ‘move on’ from Astros sign-stealing scandal
The New York Yankees were one of the two teams that felt most aggrieved by the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, but owner Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t want to dwell on it any further.
Steinbrenner spoke about the scandal at Wednesday’s owners meeting, stating he was as “upset as anyone” when he learned of the extent of Houston’s rule-breaking. He added, however, that he felt it was time to put it behind everyone.
“When the report came out, I was as upset as anyone,” Steinbrenner said, via the Associated Press. “Clearly, there were direct implications to my organization, our team, our 2017 team. But at some point I think we all for the sake of the game and the good of the game, need to move on.”
Don’t expect Steinbrenner’s stance to be adopted by everyone associated with the 2017 Yankees team that lost to Houston in the ALCS. The Astros are known to have used their electronic sign stealing operation during the playoffs, and they won all four home games in that series. Steinbrenner knows his team has an excellent chance to win a championship in 2020 and can focus on that going forward. Not every member of the 2017 Yankees has that luxury.