Nobody on the Rays, arguably, is regarded with more respect than veteran Charley Morton. The two-time All-Star, 36, was the Rays best pitcher last year; he’s also well-spoken, professional and a mentor for younger players. Prior to last season, he had spent the previous two with the cheating Houston Astros. He has a World Series ring from 2017. He never said anything until the sign-stealing scandal had broken wide open. Many call it guilt by complicity.
He finally spoke out on the scandal. “Good people made mistakes; it’s as simple as that,” said Morton. “I really don’t have anything else to say about it. I think mistakes were made, and everybody is just trying to move on.” That said, it’s likely he’s not doing as much mentoring this spring.