MLB agent Scott Boras says Astros players don’t have to apologize: ‘A false incrimination’

After owner Jim Crane declared Houston Astros players will apologize for participating in the electronic sign-stealing scandal that has caused an uproar throughout the game, high-powered agent Scott Boras claimed such a mea culpa is unnecessary. 

Boras, who negotiated more than $1 billion in contracts this offseason, has always been one to empower players. He described the mindset he thinks Astros players should adopt in this situation. 

"I’m doing what my organization is telling me to do,” Boras told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday. “You installed this. You put this in front of us. Coaches and managers encourage you to use the information. It is not coming from the player individually. It is coming from the team. In my stadium. Installed. With authority." 

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Agent Scott Boras speaks to the media during the MLB Winter Meetings at Manchester Grand Hyatt. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports)

The MLB investigation that commissioner Rob Manfred summarized in a report issued last week led to the firings of three managers (AJ Hinch, Boston's Alex Cora and the Mets' Carlos Beltrán) and one general manager (Jeff Luhnow). The report detailed an intricate system in which a live video feed from center field fed into a TV monitor located near the dugout.

Last Saturday, players did not expect much remorse over the situation and referred questions regarding the scandal to the report. That prompted Crane's assertion Tuesday, after calls from the media and other players highlighted the lack of an apology. 

"We'll apologize for what happened, ask forgiveness and move forward," Crane said.

Boras, a lawyer by trade, said the Astros had not properly relayed the proper set of rules to the players and that their actions can be viewed as implicit approval. Boras also said some players felt uncomfortable with the system and refused to use it. 

"It was clear – and the fans need to understand – that this specific ruling and guideline was an action from MLB, but not communicated to the players. Therefore, their perception was that there was no specific rule or guideline, that this gray area existed," Boras told The Athletic. "The reality of it is that the apology from the people who had notice … that who the apology should come from." 

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