HOUSTON (AP) — The World Series champion Houston Astros haven’t made the choice but on whether or not they’ll go to the White House to fulfill with President Donald Trump if an invite is prolonged.

“We just won the first world championship in Houston Astros history,” Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch stated shortly earlier than the group left for a celebratory parade by means of downtown Houston on Friday. “We’re also in one of the most divided countries, polarizing countries in politics. I don’t know that this is the best stage for everybody to declare one way or the other and try to comment on the moment and be too much of a political statement.”

The New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Penguins and Clemson Tigers have all visited the White House in current months to be congratulated by the president for his or her titles. The Golden State Warriors didn’t make the journey after being disinvited by Trump. The president has been outspoken for weeks about his opposition to gamers kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem to protest social injustices.

Following the Astros’ 5-1 victory in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 on Wednesday night time, Trump tweeted his congratulations to the group.

Hinch stated he believes that the Astros ought to savor their accomplishment, however a call on a White House go to would want to attend.

“What comes out of this moving forward on the political side or what we do or don’t do or what sports has turned into, to kind of representing the country’s tone — that’ll be decided in time,” he stated. “We’re not going to allow anything to polarize this moment that we want to celebrate with our fans.”

World Series MVP George Springer stated his grandfather labored in Washington for years and he has respect for what a go to to the White House would imply.

“That’s the most historic place in our country, it stands for a lot, it means a lot to a lot of people,” Springer stated. “If the team goes I’m going. I’m not going to say no. I understand the impact of it. … I understand the stuff that’s been happening. Yes there are things that have to change but there are always things that have to change. There isn’t anything that is ever going to be perfect. If the team goes I’ll go.”

Also on Friday, common supervisor Jeff Luhnow stated the group had picked up the choices on the contracts of All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve and utility man Marwin Gonzalez. Altuve’s choice is for $6 million and Gonzalez will make $5.12 million subsequent season.

Altuve led the majors with a .346 common and hit 24 homers with 81 RBIs. Gonzalez batted .303 with 23 homers and a team-leading 90 RBIs.

They additionally agreed to phrases with New York Yankees third base coach Joe Espada to exchange Alex Cora, who was named Red Sox supervisor, as their new bench coach.

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