Astros’ GM and manager banned for season for sign-stealing


Houston Astros’ George Springer celebrates after a two-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the baseball World Series Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NEW YORK (AP) – Houston  manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for the entire season and the team fined $5 million for sign stealing by the team in 2017 and 2018 season.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred a strongly hinted that current Boston manager Alex Cora – the Astros bench coach in 2017 – will face discipline.

Manfred said Cora developed the sign stealing system used by the Astros. Houston also will forfeit its next two first- and second-round draft picks.

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