10/26/19 By Sofia Naumovski
The Houston Astros announced that assistant manager Brandon Taubman was fired Thursday after initially denying a news article that said he had taunted a group of female journalists regarding the signing of a pitcher who had been previously accused of domestic violence.
During a post-game interview after their 6-4 ALCS win over the Yankees last Saturday night, Taubman was overheard screaming, “Thank God we got [Roberto] Osuna, I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna,” in the direction of three female reporters. Taubman was referring to Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who was suspended in 2018 for violating MLB’s policy on domestic assault.
Originally, the Astros organization had called the reports “misleading and completely irresponsible,” claiming that Taubman had only been responding to the questions he was being asked by the reporters. These claims were quickly disputed later in the week by other reporters who had also witnessed Taubman’s outburst first-hand.
The Astros issued a public apology for previously dismissing the claim and that, “[Taubman’s] conduct does not reflect the values of our organization and we believe this is the most appropriate course of action.” The team also issued an apology to Sports Illustrated and one of their reporters, Stephanie Apstein, who broke the news of Taubman’s outburst.
The Astros face the Washington Nationals in the fifth game of the World Series tonight at 8:07 in Houston. The series is tied 2-2.