Astros fire manager, general manager after MLB report into alleged sign-stealing
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Monday, shortly after Major League Baseball announced the pair would be suspended for a year as part of the penalties for the investigation into alleged electronic-sign stealing.
"Today is a very difficult day for the Houston Astros... The Astros fully cooperated and we accept their decisions and findings and penalties," Astros owner Jim Crane said in a press conference Monday.
The franchise also was stripped of its first- and second-round picks in both the 2020 and 2021 drafts and fined $5 million.
The MLB suspended Luhnow and Hinch for the entire 2020 season without pay, prior to the announcement that they had been fired. Both were warned that if they are "found to engage in any future material violations of the Major League Rules" they will be permanently banned, according to a report sent out by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
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The report said Hinch didn't participate in the sign stealing and actually "believed that the conduct was both wrong and distracting." However, Hinch admitted he did not stop the activity.