Houston Astros fire assistant GM Taubman

Ross Houston
October 25, 2019

The Houston Astros have fired assistant General Manager Brandon Taubman after an investigation into his expletive-filled celebration of a controversial player apparently directed to a group of female reporters, the team announced Thursday.

According to Sports Illustrated, Taubman turned to the female reporters - including one wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet - and repeatedly yelled, "Thank God we got Osuna! I'm so f-- glad we got Osuna!"

When the story by SI's Stephanie Apstein originally was published Monday, the Astros called it "misleading and completely irresponsible", accusing her of fabricating the story.

The dismissal of Taubman comes after a MLB-led investigation found he had profanely taunted several female reporters in the team clubhouse following the Astros' clinching last weekend of the American League pennant. "The Astros in no way meant to minimize the issues related to domestic violence".

Our initial belief was based on witness statements about the incident.

Last season, Osuna served a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, stemming from an incident that happened while he was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Astros fumbled the explanation for Taubman's conduct, at first denying the accuracy of the report, then not making senior executives immediately available.

The decision was hard, the statement said, but it provided a chance to raise awareness about domestic violence.

"His (Taubman's) conduct does not reflect the values of our organization and we believe this is the most appropriate course of action", team officials wrote.

We are thankful to Major League Baseball and to everyone that cooperated in the investigation. "I think it's a core value for baseball, and I think we have to be tremendously concerned when we have an incident that attracts this much attention".

That statement includes a couple contradictory passages for a team that still is hoping Osuna can help deliver the organization's second World Series title in three years. After multiple other reporters confirmed Apstein's account of events, the Astros issued two new statements from Taubman and owner Jim Crane, neither of which corrected the organization's initial claim that Apstein's story was false.

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