Athletics’ Tony Kemp on taking part in Astros’ sign-stealing system: ‘I said no’

Former Houston Astros utility participant Tony Kemp, who was often called up by the group in September 2017, said he declined to take part in the membership’s illegal sign-stealing scheme.

“I was up and down [between the big leagues and minors] in 2017,” Kemp knowledgeable reporters Friday. “Once I got there in September, the system was already in place. I just tried to keep my head down and play hard and not really concern myself with it.”

Kemp spent most of that 2017 season on the Triple-A stage, exhibiting in solely 17 video games with the Astros. The 28-year-old utilityman said he was requested by teammates whether or not or not he wanted to be a part of the Astros’ system, nevertheless, he made it clear that he wanted no involvement. He said he didn’t actually really feel extra pressure to take part.

“It was out of my hands at that point,” Kemp said. “Just having four months in the big leagues at that moment, once it got going, I got asked if I wanted to use the system and I said no. It was just one of those things where I felt I was having a good season at the plate in Triple-A and just wanted to continue to do that and not concern myself with it.”

Kemp well-known that the Astros’ sign-stealing operation was flawed. When requested whether or not or not Houston’s 2017 World Series title was tainted, he said: “That’s a good question. Everyone’s going to have their own speculations about it, everyone’s going to have their own opinions about it. I’m not sure.”

Kemp, who was traded to the Oakland A’s from the Chicago Cubs on Jan. 13, reunites with former Astros teammate Mike Fiers, who has been in the center of the scandal after revealing the sign-stealing scheme in an interview with The Athletic in November. Fiers, now a starting pitcher for the A’s, had a dialog with Kemp this week in regards to the issue.

“It went well,” Kemp said of the dialogue. “I understand where he comes from. He’s my teammate now and he was my teammate in Houston. Nothing changes. Now we’re trying to win a division and we have a lot of guys in place ready for the challenge. I’m excited to play behind him again.”

Major League Baseball launched the ultimate month league investigation confirmed the Astros cheated all through the frequent season and postseason of their World Series-winning 2017 advertising marketing campaign.

According to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, the Astros used a camera-based system to steal indicators of opposing teams all through the 2017 season and parts of the 2018 advertising marketing campaign.

The sign-stealing scandal led to the suspension and subsequent firing of former Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch and customary supervisor Jeff Luhnow’s remaining month. The Astros group was moreover fined a doc $5 million and had a variety of draft picks taken away.

The league’s investigation moreover impacted completely different MLB franchises. Former Astros bench coach Alex Cora misplaced his job as supervisor of the Boston Red Sox on Jan. 14, and ex-Astros participant Carlos Beltran was far-off from his managerial place with the New York Mets two days later.

Cora and Beltran have been singled out in the league’s probe as a result of the ringleaders of the sign-stealing scheme in 2017.

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