Members of the Houston Astros were in Corpus Christi today for the annual Astros caravan.
Abraham Toro, Jack Mayfield, Rogelio Armenteros representing the Astros today. The three players, and other members of gameday staff, went to Driscoll Children's Hospital to meet some young fans.
The team members then made their way over to Whataburger Field for a fan event and a softball game with CCPD and fire department members. We will hear from them tonight at 10 p.m.
The yearly event always is fun for the community, and the Astros, but with the large cloud looming over the organization in the wake of the sign-stealing scandal that has taken the baseball world by storm. KRIS 6 Sports asked the players about the last 72 hours, and with less than a month from spring training -- the absence of permanent manager.
"We we have total respect for A.J., and so it is just something we have to move on from," said second baseman Jack mayfield. "We still have another season to go for so, we are just gonna keep working hard and, you know, whoever comes in, I'm sure they're gonna be amazing. So we look forward to getting started. We didn't get any messages -- just a warning of what might happen, and that was it."
Third baseman Abraham Toro said he was in shock when he learned Hinch had been fired.
"Like, I was not expecting that," he said. "A.J. was a good guy, and a pretty good coach, and I just I didn't know what was going on before I heard the news. So it is kind of sad."
Neither Toro nor Mayfield were on the Astros roster during the season investigated by the MLB.