Former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch seemed to make things worse last week when he didn't outright deny the fact his team used buzzers to steal signs. This came in an interview with Tom Verducci, in which Hinch took accountability for his actions at the helm in Houston. However, the main sticking point came in that he dodged the question about the buzzers.
Hinch has now released a statement to try and clear things up, this time outright denying the use of any sort of buzzers by the Astros.
“After my interview with Tom Verducci last week, there has been a significant reaction to my answer to the ‘buzzer’ question," Hinch said. "To be clear, I have never seen any such device used in baseball. I am not aware of any such device existing or being utilized with the Astros, the players, or any other team," Hinch says in the statement.
This is what he should have said the first time around, if it is indeed true. Though his initial blunder may lead some MLB fans to remain skeptical.
The buzzers have been one of the main points of contention within the Astros' sign-stealing debacle, and now Hinch is trying to put an end to those allegations altogether.