Astros' manager, GM suspended entire season then fired over sign-stealing controversy

by Daniel Payne · Jan 13th, 2020 4:18 pm
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Jeff Lunhow and A.J. Hinch, the general manager and manager of the Houston Astros, respectively, were both suspended by the Major League Baseball for the entire 2020 season Monday for cheating by using video to steal signs of opposing teams during their championship 2017 season. They were subsequently fired by Astros owner Jim Crane.

Stealing the signs of opposing teams is a tradition in the league stretching back for over a hundred years; if a team can quickly decode a catcher's hand signals to the pitcher, they can transmit that information to a batter to give him an advantage at the plate. But teams are not allowed to use technology to help assist in those efforts, which the Astros stood accused of doing by way of a centerfield camera.

The Astros will also lose their first- and second-round picks for 2020 and 2021, and they'll have to pay a $5 million fine, the largest allowable under league rules.