In the aftermath of Major League Baseball's investigation in the sign-stealing practices of the Houston Astros, many believe that their World Series title in 2017 has a huge asterisk next to it.
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is not one of them.
In his first time speaking to reporters since the investigation concluded, Verlander was asked if he feels different about the championship, knowing they were violating the rules.
"Personally, I don't," he said. "Everyone is able to have their own opinions and draw their own conclusions.
"I think we had an extremely talented ballclub, and in my opinion, we had the best team in baseball," he continued.
The Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games during the 2017 World Series in one of the most competitive Fall Classics in recent memory.
Verlander was acquired by the Astros in July of 2017. Prior to the trade, he made a start in Houston while he was a member of the Detroit Tigers. Verlander was asked whether he suspected any cheating from the Astros while he was an opponent, and the pitcher denied those claims.
The 36-year-old's biggest regret, like a number of his Astros' teammates, was he did not step up and say more to stop it.
"Yeah, it's been difficult. After I had been there for some time, I understood what was happening," Verlander said. "I wish I had said more. I can't go back and reverse my decision. I wish I said more, and for that, I'm sorry."
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