HOUSTON - Major League Baseball is coming down hard on Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and Manager A.J. Hinch. Both have been suspended for the entirety of the upcoming 2020 season after an investigation by MLB found the team guilty of using technology to steal signs during its World Series winning season in 2017.
The Astros cheated throughout the 2017 season by using a sign stealing system that involved illegal use of live cameras.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred didn't stop at just the suspensions either. The organization was also fined $5 million and will lose their first and second round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.
In its statement, MLB was clear 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.
Following the announcement of the suspension, Houston Astros Owner Jim Crane announced the departure of both from the organization completely.
Boston Red Sox current Manager Alex Cora, who was a bench coach for the Astros in 2017 was also implicated in the investigation, but no discipline has been brought down on him as of yet. But it is coming. Cora and the Red Sox are also under investigation for illicit use of a video replay room in 2018, the year Cora became Red Sox manager.
No players will be disciplined as a result of this investigation.