Major League Baseball announced that it will interview those who were present for an incident reported by Sports Illustrated involving Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman, which comes as the franchise is scrambling to adjust its stance.
Just one day after releasing a statement denouncing the article, which claims Taubman shouted “Thank God we got [Roberto] Osuna! I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!” directly at a group of female reporters following Game 6 of the ALCS, the Astros are changing their tone.
Osuna was traded from the Blue Jays to Houston in July of 2018, just two months after he was arrested for assaulting the mother of his 3-year-old son.
Taubman and owner Jim Crane both issued statements through the team Tuesday. The general manager said he was “deeply sorry and embarrassed” for his “unprofessional and inappropriate behavior,” while Crane noted all the work the organization does to ensure their employees are educated on domestic violence.
The Post’s Joel Sherman reported that MLB has dispatched investigators to Houston, site of Game 1 of the World Series, on Tuesday hoping to speak to the reporters who witnessed what Taubman said. A discipline, including suspension, is still possible for Taubman.
Two Houston Chronicle reporters and another reporter corroborated Sports Illustrated’s story, that the newspaper reported on Monday night.