Major League Baseball Sign Stealing Problem

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Matthew Neus, Author

Back in 2017, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to win their first World Series championship as a franchise. Manager A.J. Hinch had just won his first World Series and went into the next two seasons as AL favorites to return to the Fall Classic. But after all the highs, Hinch is now out of a job and many more are expected to follow. Following their 2017 championship, allegations of sign stealing by the Astro’s emerged after many opposing pitchers claimed they had their signs figured out by batters of the Astros. After a thorough investigation by Major League Baseball, the Astros were found guilty of stealing opposing teams signs during their run to the 2017 World Series title. So what is next Hinch and the Astros, and who else was involved in the scheme?

 

Following the MLB investigation, Commissioner Rob Manfred published a 9 page report detailing all of the findings on the issue. In the report, Astros manager A.J. Hinch along with general manager Jeff Luhnow were both banned for 1 year in their involvement with the scandal. The Astros were also fined $5 million and had to forfeit their 1st and 2nd round draft picks for the next two drafts. Other names involved include former Red Sox manager Alex Cora who was a bench manager on the 2017 Astros. The report claims Cora was involved in developing the scheme with Hinch during the 2017 season.

 

According to Bleacher Report, many MLB teams are upset with the punishment of the Astors. Many teams feel that they punishment was not punishment enough and that the punishment should have been more. All-Star pitcher CC Sabathia says,” As everything’s been coming out, and the more facts that we get, it’s getting frustrating… to sit here and know that late in my career I could’ve had a title, maybe in 2017 or 2018, but we got cheated out by a team kind of doing something that’s not within the rules of the game”, all of this coming from CBS Sports. Along with Sabathia, many MLB general managers and owners have all voiced their displeasure with how the MLB handled the situation, and many feel that the players should be at fault rather than the heads of the Astros organization. What remains to be seen is if any Astro players will be punished, but we do know that if they are their punishments will be very harsh.