Today's suspensions and subsequent firings of Astros manager A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow - along with the loss of high draft picks and a $5 million fine - constitute major sanctions arising out of the Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
The MLB investigation found that at the start of the 2017 season, employees in the Astros video replay room started using the live game feed from the center field camera to decode and transmit opposing teams' sign sequences to use when an Astros runner was on second base. 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. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12.
Former assistant GM Brandon Taubman, who made insensitive remarks to women reporters after the ALCS, was suspended for one year. Promoting from within will be hard-the investigation did not find many heroes in the Astros organization-and attracting top talent could well be impossible.More news: Sergio Aguero becomes all-time Premier League foreign top scorer after
Manfred's report says that Houston stopped using the electronic system/garbage can banging system at some point in the 2018 regular season. The NFL took away a first-round draft pick and suspended quarterback Tom Brady for four games.
■ Cora began calling the replay review room "early in the season" in 2017 to get information on signs.
■ Cora is the one exception to the scheme largely being conducted by players. Sometimes the information was communicated via text message to a staffer wearing a smart watch on the bench or a nearby phone. Players would determine a sign and send a message to the hitter by banging on a trash can.More news: Instagram Spices Up Boomerang Feature with New Effects & Editing
And if you happen to be Boston manager Alex Cora, the alleged mastermind of Houston's scam, it would probably be wise to consider a second career.
The report states Hinch WAS aware of the cheating - and told investigators he believed it was "wrong and distracting". but didn't directly tell the players directly to stop.
"Although Luhnow denies having any awareness that his replay review room staff was decoding and transmitting signs, there is both documentary and testimonial evidence that indicates Luhnow had some knowledge of those efforts, but he did not give it much attention", Manfred said.More news: Bieber teases about new music with Quavo and Murda Beatz