Justin Turner Unsure Why Dallas Keuchel Apologized for Scandal; He 'Didn't Hit'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2020

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner throws to first base during the eighth inning of Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner doesn't believe Chicago White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel owes anyone an apology for the Houston Astros' 2017 sign-stealing scandal.

According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Turner said: "Dallas Keuchel didn't hit. I don't know why he was the one apologizing."

Turner's comments came after Keuchel apologized while addressing the media Friday: "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."

Keuchel was part of the 2017 Astros, who beat the Dodgers in the World Series to win their first championship in franchise history.

As a result of Major League Baseball's investigation into the Astros' sign-stealing tactics, manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended one year each before the club fired them.

No discipline has been handed out to players from the 2017 Astros team, but third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve are among those who have come under fire for not apologizing when speaking to the media in recent weeks.

While Keuchel offered an apology, he also noted that the sign-stealing system wasn't something that the Astros constantly benefited from:

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"I could tell you, not every game there was signs being stolen. Sometimes we did, as a group, have signs, but we still couldn't hit the pitcher. Not like every game we had everything going on. So at that point that's when the whole system, it really works a little bit, but at the same time, there was a human element where some guys were better than our hitters."

The Astros went 101-61 in 2017 after finishing just 84-78 the previous year. They went on to beat the Boston Red Sox in four games in the American League Division Series before taking down the New York Yankees in seven games in the American League Championship Series.

L.A. then pushed Houston to a seventh game in the World Series, but the Astros got a huge jump on Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish in Game 7 by tagging him for three hits, one walk and five runs in 1.2 innings, which essentially decided the game.

L.A. also lost to the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series, and the Red Sox are under investigation for sign-stealing during the 2018 season.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to request that Major League Baseball award the Dodgers the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles because of the Astros and Red Sox's illegal actions.

Per ESPN's Alden Gonzalez, Turner said the Dodgers wouldn't want to be awarded a championship that way, remarking: "We don't want a trophy. We don't want a fake banner hanging in our stadium. We didn't earn that. We didn't catch that final out to win a championship. We don't want that."

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has said MLB won't retroactively award the Dodgers the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles.

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