Ex-Astro Keuchel apologizes for sign-stealing scandal

Former Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel became the first member of the 2017 World Series winning team to publicly apologize for illegal sign stealing on Friday.Keuchel, who played for the Astros from 2012-18, was both apologetic and surprised by the attention received by the scandal.”I think first and foremost, apologies should be in order … for everyone on the team. When the stuff was going on, it was never intended to be what it’s made to be right now,” said Keuchel, who signed a three-year, $55 million contract with the Chicago White Sox last month.The 2017 Astros’ team was found guilty of illegally stealing signs from opposing teams using electronic technology. That result led to the season-long suspension and subsequent firing of Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow as well as a $5 million fine for the team and loss of upcoming draft picks.Keuchel, who played with the Atlanta Braves last season before signing with the White Sox, wasn’t shy about talking about the scandal during the latter team’s winter fan fest on Friday.