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Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow have been suspended through the 2020 World Series for their roles in the team’s sign-stealing scandal, Major League Baseball announced Monday.
In addition, the Astros are being fined $5 million and will forfeit their first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts.
“I find that the conduct of the Astros, and its senior baseball operations executives, merits significant discipline,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “I base this finding on the fact that the Club’s senior baseball operations executives were given express notice in September 2017 that I would hold them accountable for violations of our policies covering sign stealing, and those individuals took no action to ensure that the Club’s players and staff complied with those policies during the 2017 Postseason and the 2018 regular season.”
The league launched its investigation after pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros in 2017, told the Athletic that the team had stolen signs using a center-field camera that fed pictures to a television monitor behind the dugout, which would violate rules on how technology can be used during games. The league also is investigating whether the Astros might have engaged in similar behavior over the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The Astros beat the Dodgers in seven games to win the 2017 World Series.
Manfred 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 Associated Press contributed to this report.