Houston Astros fire skipper, GM for cheating scandal during 2017 title run

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Houston Astros Manager A.J. Hinch talks to reporters at Minute Maid Park in Houston prior to Game 2 of the World Series. The team lost the game 12-3 to the Washington Nationals on Oct. 23, 2019. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)

UPDATE (2:30 P.M.) – The Houston Astros have fired manager AJ Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow after the MLB handed down severe punishments for their role in the 2017 cheating scandal.

The scandal involved a camera-based system that was used for sign stealing.

Owner Jim Crane announced their firing after they were initially suspended by the league for one year. The Astros were also fined $5 millilion and lost their first- and second-round draft picks for the next two years.

Crane said during a press conference that the team needs to start with a “clean slate.”

HOUSTON (KETK) – Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow have each been suspended one year after Major League Baseball found the team cheated during their 2017 World Series season.

According to an ESPN report, MLB will also fine the club $5 million and take away their first- and second-round picks for the 2020 and 2021 drafts.

No players were disciplined as a result of the investigation. Current Mets manager Carlos Beltran, a former player on the team, will not be suspended.

However, Red Sox manager Alex Cora – the Astros bench coach at the time – will face harsh penalties for his involvement according to the report.

The scandal was mostly isolated to the 2017 season with it being somewhat extended into 2018. The scheme was abandoned by the players before the end of 2018 because they believed the system was no longer effective, according to the report.

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