So the rumors are true. After the Houston Astros lost the World Series to the Washington Nationals in seven games last year, rumors began to circulate that the incredibly successful Houston team had an advantage, it stole signs from opposing teams.
Now the Astros have taken an axe to top management over the scandal.
On Monday, owner Jim Crane fired Manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. Major League Baseball had suspended the pair following an investigation into a the scandal.
Crane, speaking at a news conference shortly after MLB announced the penalties for the sign-stealing scheme during the Astros’ World Series-winning 2017 season, said that while Hinch and Luhnow did not endorse the plan neither did anything to stop it.
When he fired the two men, Crane said:
“I have higher standards for the city and the franchise and I’m going above and beyond MLB’s penalty. We need to move forward with a clean slate and the Astros will become a stronger organization because of this today.”
Apparently in some arenas there are still penalties for cheating.