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Newly named Hall of Famer, Miami Marlins CEO and former New York Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter on Monday became the latest big name in MLB to share his thoughts on how the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal has impacted and will continue to impact Major League Baseball.
Needless to say, he was not happy with how it unfolded.
MLB, after an investigation led by the commissioner’s office, found the Astros to have used a live camera in center field and dugout monitors to steal signs in real time. Those signs were relayed to batters. The investigation also found the Astros used the system for at least part of the 2018 season.
In response, MLB suspended Astros executive Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for the 2020 season. Astros owner Jim Crane ultimately fired both shortly after the punishment was handed down. Houston was also fined $5 million and lost its first- and second-round picks for both the 2020 and 2021 MLB drafts.
Jeter’s full response from Monday morning, before the Marlins played the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter:
“Yeah. It seems to be the never-ending question with the slow drip of responses coming out from everyone. You hope at some point people can just move on, but it’s unfortunate. It’s a black eye for the sport. That’s the bottom line. When you talk about people trying to get advantages in baseball, I don’t think that’s anything new. But obviously, they took it way too far, and there are penalties for it. They’re paying the price. Regardless of what the penalties are, whether they have their opinions on what they think should happen, you hope that over time it passes. But I’m sure this is going to sting for a while.”
“It is [going to sting] because we continue to talk about it. The sport continues to talk about it. It’s almost like the PED era. That was something that everyone continued to talk about. You never forget it, but this is something that’s not a good look for the sport. But like I said, hopefully with time it’ll pass. I don’t know how long that’ll be, but we hope so.”