MLBPA Executive Director is a large reason no players were suspended as part of the Astros … [+] sign-stealing discipline handed out by Commissioner Rob Manfred (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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When MLB Commissioner laid down one of the harshest disciplines in league history to the Houston Astros for using electronic devices to steal signs– one year suspensions for general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch; loss of 1st and 2nd round draft picks in 2020 and 2021, along with a $5 million fine; the largest the league can met out under the MLB constitution – it sent a shockwave through the sports world. The shock went to jaw-dropping when Astros owner Jim Crane then fired Luhnow and Hinch in an effort to give Houston a “clean start.”
The report by Manfred and the league was damning. And the fallout is not yet over. Alex Cora who was bench coach during the elaborate sign-stealing system and is now the manager of the Boston Red Sox, is featured prominently in the report. Word from multiple sources is that, like Hinch and Luhnow, a harsh discipline will be coming for him, as well.
Fans, and media, mostly from around the Dodgers who missed out on their first chance to win a World Series since 1988 at the hands at both the Astros and Red Sox, have sought an additional penalty: vacating the 2017 Astros’ World Series Championship. “You cheated us, and now you must pay the price,” has been the chorus.
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