The MLB finally doled out their punishment for the Astros cheating scandal and baseball fans think the team got off light.
On Monday afternoon, ESPN’s Jeff Passan revealed that bother Astros manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow would be suspended one-year for allowing players to steal signs while under their watch during the team’s World Series run.
A league investigation confirmed the Astros had cheated by using a camera-based sign-stealing system during the regular season and playoffs of their World Series-winning 2017 season.
Luhnow and Hinch were suspended for the 2020 season, but Crane said the team wanted to go beyond that ruling.
“We need to move forward with a clean slate,” he said.
As part of the league’s penalty, the Astros will also lose first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021, and the organization was fined a record $5 million. MLB said in its statement that if Luhnow or Hinch “engage in any future material violations” of MLB rules, they will be placed on the league’s permanently ineligible list.
Both Hinch and Luhnow have been fired by the Astros but fans still think the team got off with a slap on the wrist considering Pete Rose is still serving a lifetime from baseball for gambling.