Rob Manfred discusses Astros scandal, more: Live updates from MLB commissioner’s press conference

Rob Manfred discusses Astros scandal, more: Live updates from MLB commissioner's press conference

Rob Manfred is speaking out about the fallout of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal this weekend. The MLB commissioner, in an interview that aired Sunday, defended his punishment of the Astros — one that did not penalize players — for their sign-stealing scheme in 2017 and 2018. Manfred also said in an ESPN interview that that the Astros’ recent public apologies were unsuccessful. Manfred will have more to say as he meets with the media for his annual spring training press conference at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. He is certain to face more questions about the Astros.

The Astros offered their first public apology last Thursday in a press conference at the club’s spring training facility. Players Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve kept their statements brief, but owner Jim Crane fumbled through his responses and at one point said the scheme didn’t “impact the game.”

“It was not successful,” Manfred said of the Astros apologies in an interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravech. 

In January, MLB handed one-year suspensions to manager A.J. Hinch and general manger Jeff Luhnow after a months-long investigation. Shortly after MLB announced Hinch and Luhnow’s suspensions, Astros owner Jim Crane fired the pair. The team was also fined $5 million (the biggest fine Manfred was allowed to hand out) and lost top draft picks. However, some fans and other players are upset that players will face no repercussions from the league.

“I understand people’s desire to have the players pay a price for what went on here,” Manfred said. “I think if you watch the players, watch their faces when they have to deal with this issue publicly, they have payed a price. To think that they’re skipping down the road into spring training happy, that’s just a mischaracterization of where we are.”

The commissioner added players would’ve been punished “in a perfect world.” He’ll have more to talk about at his Sunday press conference.

The CBS Sports MLB team will be providing live updates when Manfred addresses the media at 4:30 p.m. ET at CoolToday Park in Venice, Florida. Follow along below for updates.

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