Fired MLB manager responds to sign-stealing scandal

A.J. Hinch, former Houston Astros manager, said they “have to live and move forward and be better in the sport,” after he was fired for using a series of banging sounds to relay pitching signs.
2:21 | 02/07/20

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Now we turn to new developments in that scandal rocking major league baseball. Overnight the former manager of the Houston Astros spoke out for the first time since he was fired over sign stealing. Paula Faris is here with this story. Good morning, Paula. Reporter: Good morning, everyone. We've only seen one clip from this interview but aj Hinch says he hopes the Astros' championship is not tainted all the while admitting they did this to themselves. Overnight the former manager of the Houston Astros breaking his silence, in this clip posted on the MLB network's Facebook page about the sign stealing scandal which has now tainted his team's 2017 world series victory in the eyes of some fans. Based on what we know now, we know from the commissioner's investigation is that championship tainted? I hope over time it's proven that it wasn't but I understand the question. We did it to ourselves and we're going to have to live and move forward and be better in the sport. Reporter: In an interview airing later tonight on the MLB network aj Hinch is speaking out for the first time since he was fired by the Astros after a league investigation found that he failed to intervene to prevent his coaches and players from using a series of loud bangs on a dugout garbage can to relay pitching signs with the help of an outfield camera. As for whether those illegal signals deserve the credit for the team's championship, instead of what Hinch calls some of the best players in the sport, he says, we may never know. It's a fair question and people are going to have to draw their own conclusions. Unfortunately, we opened that door as a group. Reporter: The report concluded the players, quote, would have immediately stopped had Hinch told them to stop cheating. Now, the report also concluded Alex Cora who was believed to be the sign stealing mastermind within the Astros organization, he went on to manage the Boston red sox to the world series in 2018, did not disapprove of the plan. Now, the league has been investigating allegations that the red sox stole signs and should have the findings ready very soon but, remember, in all of this, no players have been punished so because of that, Pete rose who was banned from baseball, he wants back in. He's filed for reinstatement this week. At this point he has a good case. Why not. Go for it now. Thank you Paula.

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