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MLBPA Files Grievance Against Astros, Claiming Manipulation In Not Signing No.1 Pick
Published July 25, 2014
FADE TO BLACK: SI.com's Ben Reiter wrote the "most likely answer" to what the Astros were thinking is that they were "not impervious to the torrent of negative public sentiments that had flooded into their offices once it had started to seem possible that they would not sign" Aiken. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said, “I do feel genuine empathy for the players involved. It was bad luck all around. I understand that from a fan’s perspective, we got nothing.” He added, "One thing that seems clear is that the idea that the Aiken affair has significantly damaged the Astros is overblown." Reiter noted it can be argued that the club "pushed the rules, but they did not violate them." In fact, the Astros "operated no differently from the way the majority of the league’s teams would have." But Reiter wrote, "It was, indeed, a black eye for the Astros. And yet, black eyes fade" (SI.com, 7/23).