He needed to answer the questions.
Credit to him for doing that while other Houston coaches continue to hide from the questions.
Now, do we have to believe him? No.
It's really, really hard to believe that the No. 2 hitting coach who was in the dugout in 2018 did not know the team was working to steal signs and relay them to hitters.
And that was happening in at least part of 2018, per Manfred's report.
This was not the trash-can banging system. That did not happen in 2018. But the report specifically says sign-stealing was happening in parts of the 2018 season. There are few specifics at the moment about what that looked like.
Again, Albert isn't just saying he was not involved. He is saying he did not know. If information comes out that calls that comment into question, he and the Cardinals are going to look bad, because the Cardinals are taking his word. I think that would be the tipping point here, if something comes out that goes against what Albert told Mozeliak.
At this moment, there is no proof Albert isn't telling the truth. We can say, hey, this is hard to believe, but until there is factual proof it's not the truth, this is where things stand. The Cardinals are buying his story, and no one has hard evidence to say why they shouldn't.
Why are the Cardinals doing this? A few reasons. They seem to believe him, first of all. They think he is good at his job and want him on the staff. They made a lot of decisions to streamline things toward his liking, including firing some longstanding hitting coaches. And yeah, they are stubborn, and don't like to admit they made a mistake until they have to, sometimes after they should.