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    Default MLB nails Astros for cheating in 2017

    This is shitty for baseball. Stealing signs the old fashioned way was frowned upon already, but not banned. That usually included if a man was on base already, at 2nd base. He could then see the catcher giving signs, and somehow use his own signs to relay it to the batter.

    But what these guys did was much more advanced, and IMO deserves even harsher penalties. They had a camera way out in center field, and I guess were able to zoom into the catcher area and see the signals. Someone then must have radioed it or somehow to someone in the clubhouse, right next to the players bench. I saw all the videos already of the accusations. and there is NO DOUBT that on certain signs, you could hear very loudly someone banging something into a metal garbage can.

    Pete Rose, arguably one of the best hitters ever in baseball, still holds the most hits record, is still not allowed in the Hall of Fame and still banned from baseball FOREVER. Outside of the stadium, he placed wagers on the Reds, his team, to win. Obviously he didn't do a dang thing IN game other than try to win. Yet they found it, he was banned and done with. And now folks like this can do 10 times worse and get a year for the coaches, and nothing for players involved?


    MLB hammers Astros in cheating scandal: Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch suspended then fired; draft picks lost

    Major League Baseball issued harsh penalties against the Houston Astros on Monday after a lengthy investigation into the team's use of technology to steal signs. The sanctions include one-year suspensions for Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow as well as a $5 million fine and the loss of future draft picks.

    Shortly after the sanctions were announced, the Astros fired both Hinch and Luhnow, each of whom will be ineligible to partake in the 2020 season.

    Here is the full list of Houston's penalties:

    • One-year suspension for general manager Jeff Luhnow.
    • One-year suspension for manager A.J. Hinch.
    • The loss of first- and second-round draft picks in both 2020 and 2021.
    • A $5 million fine.

    Here are nine things to know about the Astros' scandal and punishment.

    1. Astros' use of technology crossed line
    Stealing signs is not explicitly against MLB's official rules, but where the Astros crossed the line is their use of technology (a camera/monitor system) to gain information. The Astros used a center-field camera to pick up the opposing catcher's signs and then relayed the signs to their batters. Players alerted hitters of an incoming off-speed pitch by banging on trashcans in the dugout.

    2. $5 million is the maximum penalty
    For those wondering, the $5 million fine is not a random figure. Rather, it's the maximum financial punishment imposable under the current Major League Constitution.

    3. Mike Fiers was the whistleblower
    In a bombshell report published by The Athletic in November, right-hander Mike Fiers, who pitched for the Astros from 2015-17, gave an on-the-record account of how the Astros crossed the line. "That's not playing the game the right way," he said at the time. "They were advanced and willing to go above and beyond to win."

    4. Cora, Red Sox penalties to come
    The league's discipline against the Astros is precedent setting. It's expected that the Boston Red Sox -- and specifically manager Alex Cora -- will also face severe punishment for their alleged use of cameras to steal signs during their 2018 championship season. In 2017, the Red Sox were fined for using Apple Watches as part of a sign-stealing scheme, and Manfred warned teams caught cheating in a similar way would be severely disciplined going forward. MLB's investigation into the Red Sox remains ongoing.

    Cora was identified in Manfred's report as a ringleader of Houston's sign-stealing (and otherwise "player-driven") operation.

    5. Beltran also named in report
    In addition to Cora, one other current big-league manager is named in the report: New York Mets skipper Carlos Beltran. Because Beltran was a player at the time, and because MLB isn't punishing players who were involved, he seems likely to avoid any kind of suspension.

    6. Crane not being blamed
    Another individual who will skate free is Astros owner Jim Crane. In the introduction of the report, Manfred stated that "I can say our investigation revealed absolutely no evidence" that Crane "was aware of any of the conduct described in this report." Crane, according to Manfred, is said to be "extraordinarily troubled and upset by the conduct of members of his organization."

    Hinch, it should be noted, is said to have destroyed the monitor the Astros used to steal signs on two occasions, but did not put an end to the operation, and did not alert Luhnow or a higher authority.

    7. Who might replace Luhnow and Hinch?
    The Astros will now have to name a new manager and GM. According to multiple reports, Joe Espada, Houston's bench coach under Hinch in 2019, will take over the managerial role. Espada was a candidate for multiple managerial openings outside of Houston this winter. If, at least on an interim basis, the organization stays in-house for GM, then the favorite would seem to be Pete Putila, who was promoted to assistant GM back in September.

    8. League conducted exhaustive investigation
    According to a report released last December, Astros personnel admitted to MLB that the club used a center-field video camera to rely pitching signs in real time. MLB's months-long investigation started shortly after The Athletic's report and it covered the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons. Investigators interviewed 60 witnesses and gathered 76,000 emails related to the Astros sign-stealing scheme.

    9. Report suggests Astros have bad culture
    One other noteworthy piece from the report is its conclusion on the Astros' baseball operations culture. "While no one can dispute that Luhnow's baseball operations department is an industry leader in its analytics, it is very clear to me that the culture of the baseball operations department, manifesting itself in the way its employees are treated, its relations with other Clubs, and its relations with the media and external stakeholders, has been very problematic."
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