MLB suspends Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, manager A.J. Hinch one year

Ethan Cadeaux

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch have each been suspended for the entirety of the 2020 season for their role in the team's sign-stealing scandal in the 2017 season, the league announced on Monday.

Hours later, Astros owner Jim Crane announced both Luhnow and Hinch have been dismissed.

Additionally, Houston has been fined $5 million, the maximum fine possible, and must forfeit their first-round pick in the 2020 and 2021 MLB Draft.

Scroll to continue with content
Ad

Initial reports surfaced shortly after the Nationals defeated the Astros in the 2019 World Series that Houston used a camera in centerfield to steal signs during home games during the 2017 season, the same year the Astros won the World Series. 

During the investigation, the MLB interviewed 60 witnesses and read over 76,000 emails.

In the past 100 years, only two managers have been suspended for one year or longer, Pete Rose and Leo Durocher. Now, Hinch joins the list.

Current Red Sox manager and former Astros bench coach Alex Cora was involved in setting up the camera, according to MLB's release, but has not been penalized as part of this investigation. However, the release says Cora could be disciplined in the future for his role in the Red Sox stealing signs in 2018.

There will be no player discipline.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Capitals and Wizards games easily from your device.

MORE NATIONALS NEWS:

MLB suspends Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, manager A.J. Hinch one year originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

What to Read Next