Houston Astros' Jeff Luhnow, AJ Hinch suspended 1 season for sign-stealing

13 Janvier, 2020, 21:34 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Jeff Luhnow holding a baseball bat Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow

The Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch have been suspended for one year and the franchise has been hit with a US$5m fine (NZ$7.5m) following a cheating scandal.

The league is launching an investigation into the Red Sox' sign-stealing practices in 2018 and is expected to levy harsh discipline against manager Alex Cora in the coming weeks. The Astros won the World Series in 2017.

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Cora is identified throughout MLB's report as the ringleader along with Beltran.

Major League Baseball launched an investigation into Houston's practices in November, after a bombshell report from The Athletic uncovered a scheme in which the Astros illegally used a video monitor to steal signs from opposing catchers and then alert hitters by banging a trashcan in a dugout tunnel. "I base this finding on the fact that the Club's senior baseball operations executives were given express notice in September 2017 that I would hold them accountable for violations of our policies covering sign stealing, and those individuals took no action to ensure that the Club's players and staff complied with those policies during the 2017 Postseason and the 2018 regular season". Manfred also said owner Jim Crane was not aware.

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