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Chicago White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel was a member of the 2017 Houston Astros and stressed that the team "had the right" to be World Series champion even with the sign theft scandal that dominated the headlines of this offseason.
"I'm just a guy. I guess it's ultimately up to the individual, " told reporters. "We will always be World Series champions because we were talented and for me, we have won the right to be World Series champions. "
He also said, "Just because stuff went out on the 2017 Astros didn't mean the other teams weren't doing illegal stuff. It just means that we were the ones who were captured. "
Keuchel has already apologized when he speaking told reporters in January, but said he "doesn't necessarily think so" when asked if he should also apologize or explain himself to his new White Sox teammates.
Astros owner Jim Crane, new manager Dusty Baker and players Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman all speaking to the media at a press conference on Thursday apologizing.
Keuchel's assessment that the Astros have again won the title of World Series champion may not play well with fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers lost the 2017 Fall Classic to the Astros and the 2018 World Series to the Boston Red Sox, which is also under investigation for electronic panel theft.
The left-hander finished with a 2.90 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 125 strikeouts in 145.2 innings during the 2017 campaign. He also appeared in five post-season games during the championship race and posted a BPM of 3.58 and 1.19 WHIP.
Keuchel signed a $ 55.5 million, three-year contract with the White Sox this offseason after launching the Atlanta Braves in 2019.