JD Davis 'Ashamed' To Have Been Part Of Astros' Cheating

Jake Marisnick Also Apologizes

Ryan Chatelain
February 14, 2020 - 2:45 pm

A pair of Astros-turned-Mets apologized Friday for their roles in Houston's sign-stealing scandal. 

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J.D. Davis said he's ashamed, while Jake Marisnick said what he and his teammates did then crossed the line.

Davis explained that he was just 24 years old and "starstruck" when he cracked into the majors with the Astros in 2017.

"Everybody that's a part of the 2017 Astros, they feel regrettable about that decision (to illegally steal signs)," Davis told reporters at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Florida. "And looking back, as a young guy being exposed to that in 2017 and looking back at that now and getting a full season under my belt, of course it's regrettable, and you feel ashamed to be part of it. But I've learned, again, what not to do."

When asked about the Astros' cheating in December, Davis said he wasn't aware of it. "And even if I was, even if there was, I wish I would've known because I batted only like .180, .200 or something like that," he said then. "But I really have no idea or no clue."

J.D. Davis of the Mets runs the bases after hitting a home run during a game against the Reds on Sept. 22, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
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On Friday, Davis said, "I spoke prematurely (in December), and I was aware of it."

The Mets outfielder/third baseman added that "baseball took a couple of steps backwards" as a result of the Astros scandal.

"Whoever gets crowned World Series champion has to earn it, and it's unfair to the peers, it's unfair to the fans, it's unfair to you guys, the writers, as well," he said.

According to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's report, the Astros scheme, during their 2017 World Series-winning season, consisted of positioning a camera in center field at Minute Maid Park to zero in on catchers' signs, which were then relayed to batters by having someone who was monitoring the video feed on a computer bang on a trash can in the tunnel near the team's dugout. 

“I didn’t really think much of it, going up there fresh and new and being part of the major-league clubhouse and major-league guys,” Davis said. “Maybe what they did was the norm, I have no idea, I've never been in another big-league clubhouse to compare the two. Looking back on the situation and the details of it, it's terrible. It's terrible for the game of baseball.”

Marisnick, whom the Mets acquired from Houston in December, said he feels terrible about his role in the scheme. 

"There's a line, and it was definitely crossed," he said. "And I want to say sorry to the fans, Major League Baseball, my peers and anybody else who was affected by this. When I come in here, I don't want to be a distration to the Mets' clubhouse, but I do recognize this is a major deal.

"I'm a grown man in a situation that I can stop, and I didn't stop it."