That is not true -- what you say about me and the other sportswriters. I was lucky enough to have met Broeg when I was a student at Mizzou and he wrote me a lovely letter after my hiring at the Post-Dispatch. I still have it right here at my desk.
I appreciate the prompt on the Albert question. I need to be more specific and was too blunt in my previous statement. In 2017, the focus of the initial reports and the investigation, Albert was not in the majors with the Astros. The investigation did broaden to 2018, and we know this because of the report from MLB. I went back to read up on that quickly. He was with the major-league team in 2018, and his role was assistant hitting coach. He was often back in the batting cages, not in the dugout at the time. According to the investigation and the report, he would have been present with the Astros for some of the alleged sign-stealing. I went back to my notes, too, and according to MLB officials he was never under investigation for participating. Explanations I got for that included his position during the game and also the time period of the 2018 questions, that they came early in his period there, perhaps.
The point I want to make again is this: The sign-stealing questions and punishments from the Astros peak obviously with the World Series team in 2017, and so much of the accusations and investigation centered on that season. Albert was not there.
Any criticism of his answers, his perceived role, whatever, should include that fact.