Multiple members of the Astros emphatically denied ever using ‚Äúbuzzers‚ÄĚ or other wearable devices to steal signs from opponents as spring training opened in West Palm Beach on Thursday.
Speaking at a press conference to address the team‚Äôs sign-stealing scandal, team owner Jim Crane emphatically denied the theory that players used vibrating devices to know what pitches were coming.
‚ÄúThe commissioner addressed that in the report and I‚Äôm confident it‚Äôs accurate,‚ÄĚ Crane said. “I‚Äôve discussed it with the players and they‚Äôve assured me nothing like that every happened. There‚Äôs no substance to that whatsoever.
‚ÄúI truly believe there are no buzzers, ever, and I don‚Äôt even know where that came from,‚ÄĚ he said.
Speculation has run rampant on Twitter and other sites that Astros players, including Jose Altuve and others wore buzzers in recent years. Players denied that while speaking to reporters in the clubhouse.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs a lie. Nobody wore buzzers. Nobody wore devices,‚ÄĚ shortstop Carlos Correa told reporters, including Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. ‚ÄúThat story should be killed already. We know for sure, for a fact, 100 percent as a team.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIt was a fake Twitter account that started everything,‚ÄĚ Altuve told reporters. ‚ÄúIt makes me upset that a fake Twitter account had that much credibility. Like I said, I feel bad for 2017 but I can say something that I didn‚Äôt do was the buzzer thing. No one on this team wore a buzzer.‚ÄĚ