AJ Hinch, GM Jeff Luhnow Suspended for Year and Fired By Astros Over Sign-Stealing Scandal

January 13, 2020 - 9:05 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan/AP) - The punishments have come down for the Houston Astros and they are harsh.

Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for the entire season Monday and the team was fined $5 million for sign-stealing by the team in 2017 and 2018 season.

Team owner Jim Crane also decided to fire both Hinch and Luhnow from their positions with the Astros. Crane will oversee the baseball operations department in the interim, he announced on Monday.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the discipline and strongly hinted that current Boston manager Alex Cora — the Astros bench coach in 2017 — will face punishment later. Manfred said Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros.

The Astros must also forfeit their first and second round picks over the next two seasons and will be fined $5 million.