Keuchel apologizes for Astros sign-stealing scandal. Said it was “not like every game we had it going on.” pic.twitter.com/oAS4DewLk5
— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) January 24, 2020
As a pitcher, Keuchel would have gained fewer benefits from the system the Astros had in place. He’s also no longer a member of the team, which likely made it easier for him to own up to his role without having to answer to home fans anymore.
Astros players surprised some observers with a lack of contrition in their first public comments, especially after how blatant the cheating was shown to be. Ownership has promised apologies next month, but the reality of the situation is it shouldn’t have taken this long for one of the players who was part of the player-driven scheme to say sorry. It definitely shouldn’t have been a pitcher who isn’t even on the team anymore.