If the report issued by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is to be believed, the Houston Astros’ players were the ones at fault for their sign-stealing scandal that has ultimately cost their former manager and GM their jobs. However, it may not be what it appears to be. That’s because, according to sources out there, the scheme came from upper level management to begin with.
The Wall Street Journal indicates the plan went back as far as 2016 and involved front office employees. This makes it sound like it was not just a player-driven thing. If true, it may explain why the players didn’t get punished. It also could prove the conspiracy theory correct, as the MLB Commissioner just has no power to go after the owners, who are his bosses after all. This is a strange one for sure, but it makes sense. There’s just no way that everyone in that organization didn’t at least know about it. There’s simply no other way.