Rob Manfred’s exclusive ESPN Interview on Astros sign-stealing scandal | MLB on ESPN

Rob Manfred’s exclusive ESPN Interview on Astros sign-stealing scandal | MLB on ESPN

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sits down with Karl Ravech to discuss the investigation of the Houston Astros for their sign-stealing scandal and when he became aware of the alleged cheating. (1:56) Manfred explains why it took so long for MLB to investigate this, even before former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers spoke out, and the biggest challenges he faced looking into the matter. (4:48) Manfred goes into the decision to send warnings to the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in 2017, why it never reached those players. (14:06) Manfred contends that an owner of a team has the ultimate responsibility for what goes on in their franchise and explains why he decided not to punish Astros owner Jim Crane. (17:55) Manfred responds to talks swirling around on how many are upset that the players were not punished. (21:47) Manfred reacts to the Astros’ spring training press conference with Crane, Dusty Baker, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, and how their attempt at an apology wasn’t successful. (24:31) Manfred says stripping the Astros of their 2017 World Series title was discussed and explains why he went with the decision he made. (28:33) Manfred states that there will be a new policy before the 2020 season, and at the core of that policy will be to restrict access to video during the game. (33:53) Manfred discusses how deep the investigation of the alleged use of buzzers went and that they found no evidence of them being used in the 2019 season. (38:28) Manfred responds to Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer’s comments on the new playoff proposal and Bauer calling him a joke, and says as much as he disagrees with his statements, he would never speak out on a player like that.

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