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‘Wish we could take it back’

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The apology tour began Tuesday on the first day of Minnesota Twins camp, the opening act for what should be a prevailing theme around spring training.

On this day, it was utilityman Marwin Gonzalez of the Twins apologizing for illegally stealing signs during their 2017 World Series championship season.

“I’m remorseful for everything that happened in 2017,’’ Gonzalez said, “everything that we did as a group. And the players that were affected directly by us doing this and other things.

“That’s what I feel the most regret, and am remorseful.’’

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Gonzalez, who is entering his second year with the Twins, appeared nervous and anxious during his 4 ½-minute press conference. He knew he would have to answer questions.

After all, no player was more informed of the pitches coming in 2017 than Gonzalez, according to data accumulated by Astros fan Tony Adams on There was trash can banging on 147 of 776 pitches when Gonzalez was batting at home, meaning that 18.9% of the time he was being notified which pitches were coming.

Gonzalez had the best year of his career in 2017, hitting .303 with a career-high 23 homers and 90 RBI, and a .907 on-base-plus slugging percentage.

Marwin Gonzalez played with the Astros from 2012-18.

Gonzalez didn’t get into specifics or talk about how much the sign-stealing benefited him or his teammates, only that he wants to apologize for his actions, specifically to his teammates – pitchers Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill – who were part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ team that lost to the Astros in the 2017 World Series.

He says he feels worse for those pitchers whose careers were adversely affected such as former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mike Bolsinger, who field a lawsuit Monday against the Astros for unfair business practices and negligence.

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