HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 29: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros looks on against the Washington Nationals during the second inning in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas.
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Houston Astros veteran right-hander Justin Verlander spoke with remorse about the sign-stealing scandal that dogged his team all winter.

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander finally spoke publicly about his team’s infamous sign-stealing and cheating scandal. Speaking to reporters in West Palm Beach, Florida, including Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Verlander expressed regret at not having put a stop to it sooner.

Crazy as it sounds, Verlander’s take on the situation makes sense. Keep in mind, he came to the Astros via a late-August trade in 2017. Even though he was an established veteran, he was still the new guy in Houston.

Now, consider the fact that Justin Verlander is old school to a fault. This is the same man who thinks MLB’s current PED rules are too soft. In 2017, when still with the Detroit Tigers, he even once said sign-stealing in baseball had gone too far.

But as someone with that mentality, Verlander also may believe that what happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse. Moreover, the Houston Astros’ coaching staff arguably brought his career back from the dead. Since putting on a Houston uniform, Verlander has a 2.44 ERA, well above his career mark of 3.33.

Verlander also notched his 3,000th career strikeout with the Astros last year and took home his second AL Cy Young award.

But the real Justin Verlander seems to have finally come out and addressed the scandal, and the remorse seems sincere. He seems ready to move on from the scandal and focus on the 2020 season.

Hopefully, no further details on the Astros cheating come to light.

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.