Houston Astros manager, GM fired after suspensions for team's sign-stealing; club fined $5 million

AJ Hinch
Posted at 2:45 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 15:09:46-05

NEW YORK — Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for the entire season, and later fired Monday and the team was fined $5 million for sign-stealing by the team in 2017 and 2018 season.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the discipline and strongly hinted that current Boston manager Alex Cora — the Astros bench coach in 2017 — will face punishment later. Manfred said Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros.

Houston also will forfeit its next two first- and second-round draft picks.

Manfred said Hinch was aware of the system but did not bring it to the attention of Luhnow. The GM told Major League Baseball he was unaware of the system but Manfred held him accountable for the team's actions. Manfred also said owner Jim Crane was not aware.

The Indians filed a complaint in 2018 with Major League Baseball in regards to their cheating, which resulted in an investigation.

The MLB concluded that Houston was not cheating when a team employee was taking cellphone photos of the visiting dugouts in Cleveland and Boston during their postseason games – they were actually monitoring the field to ensure that the Indians and the Red Sox weren’t violating rules.

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