Major League Baseball has had its fair share of scandals down the years, no question about that. The latest ones, however, are a blight on the game due to the use of technology to cheat. This is what the Houston Astros were found to have done following an investigation, and as a result, commissioner Rob Manfred handed down several penalties on Monday.
First and foremost, both GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were suspended for the entire upcoming season. They also, though, will lose out on their opening two picks in the next two drafts and was slapped with a $5 million fine, one of the largest in the history of the game. Not wanting to be outdone, Astros owner Jim Crane decided that he would fire both Luhnow and Hinch, saying he felt he should go above and beyond. Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was with the Astros at the time, was not punished, but it’s believed his time is approaching.