HOUSTON ASTROS: Severe Punishment for Stealing Signs


Baseball's Houston Astros will be severely punished for stealing signs during the 2017 season, when they won their first World Series title.

According to The Athletic, Commissioner Rob Manfred will suspend the club's manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnowfor one year. The club will lose its first- and second-round draft picks the next two years and be fined $5 million for the scheme -- which involved a secret camera, a video monitor and code being banged out on a hidden garbage can.

More punishment may soon be coming down. Former Astros coach Alex Cora, said to be the architect of the plan, left after the season to take over the Boston Red Sox -- who won the World Series in 2018.

Update:

The Houston Astros are parting ways with GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch over a sign-stealing scandal. Astros owner Jim Crane announced the move yesterday shortly after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the pair would be suspended for the entire 2020 season. The Astros also have to give up two first-round draft picks and five-million dollars.