Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

It has now been more than a week since Major League Baseball confirmed that the Houston Astros cheated during their World Series season in 2017, and we have yet to hear many apologies. Team owner Jim Crane says the mea culpa is coming, but apparently we have to give Astros players a few more weeks.

Crane basically told reporters on Tuesday that Astros players have been advised to lay low while people tee off on them. Once the dust settles a bit more, Crane says players will apologize “with a strong statement as a team.”

“The players have been beaten up a little bit. They’ve been all spread out. I saw some of the things with the guys interviewed — they’re just kind of getting some advice to take it easy,” Crane said. “When we get down to spring training we’ll get them together and they’ll come out with a strong statement as a team and apologize for what happened and we’ll move forward.”

There’s nothing more sincere than an apology that took a month to formulate, right?

Even though MLB uncovered all kinds of evidence (most of which we were already aware of) confirming that the Astros stole signs with the help of electronics, Houston players have continued to carry themselves arrogantly. Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman have denied the latest cheating allegations against them without apologizing for the 2017 sign-stealing scheme, with Bregman saying the team will do its talking on the field in 2020.

People around MLB do not seem pleased at the lack of regret Astros players have shown, and a joint statement of a month after the suspensions were handed down certainly isn’t going to help.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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