On Thursday, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that the Houston Astros fired assistant GM Brandon Taubman after he made inappropriate comments to a group of female reporters during their celebration in the clubhouse following their ALCS victory.
Frankly, this move came a few days late.
In the club's statement, they apologize to Sports Illustrated and the reporter from that publication who wrote it up, Stephanie Apstein. And even in Jeff Luhnow's press conference, he stated he hadn't directly apologized to Apstein despite the fact she was sitting right in front of him. How bad of a look is that?
Just because you fired the guy, it doesn't absolve you from common decency and extending the "apology" even further.
I'm sure the Astros just want this whole story to go away, especially since they are in the midst of the World Series, but it's only just beginning. MLB will begin and investigation into the incident this offseason, and they're unlikely to be satisfied with Houston's self-imposed solution. More must be done.
And this doesn't end with the PR department, either. The entire organization approved these statements, and they all must answer for that ineptitude. MLB, for once, must prove they're a progressive league and can put an end to these types of controversies.