It was only last month that Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and star players Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman held a press conference at the team's spring training complex to apologize for the sign-stealing scandal. In January, MLB disciplined the Astros for illegally stealing signs during their 2017 World Series championship season, and early in 2018 as well.

As far as Houston's lawyers are concerned, last month's press conference qualified as "sincere apologies," according to The Athletic's Daniel Kaplan. The team filed identical legal responses to three lawsuits last Friday:

"The 'sign-stealing' controversy has been a source of great disappointment to Astros fans as well as to the Astros organization," the team's lawyers wrote.