Houston Astros’ Sign-Stealing Scandal (‘17 Astros)

Houston Astros’ Sign-Stealing Scandal (‘17 Astros)

    The Houston Astros had an exciting season in 2017 leading up to their winning the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Season highlights included 101 wins and 61 losses. After several allegations on January 13th, 2020, MLB released a report confirming the Astros stole pitching signs throughout the regular season and the postseason.

  Using video camera systems at Minute Maid Park and other locations, the Astros could steal signs between pitchers and catchers. In the World Series games, the Astros were able to attain 18 runs with 26 hits and six home runs. Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball conducted the investigation and determined there would be a 1-year suspension for manager AJ Hinch, 1-year suspension for General Manager Jeff Luhnow, $5 million fine (the largest MLB allows), and Loss of 1st and 2nd round draft picks in 2020 and 2021. 

 

  AJ Hinch, manager of the Astros attended Harvard and won a Bronze Medal for Team USA in Baseball for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta at the Fulton County Stadium. In an interview with Rob Manfred, Hinch claims”, “He believed that the conduct was both wrong and distracting.” “Hinch admits he did not stop it and he did not notify players or Cora (Alex Cora-Red Sox Manager) that he disapproved of it.”

 

  The discussion of having the World Series title given to the Dodgers has been circulating. On January 21, 2020, the L.A. City Council asked MLB to name the Dodgers champions. Council members Gil Cedillo and Paul Kortez reached out and stated”, “Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They got beat by teams that were cheating. We know that the Astros cheated, and they were advantaged by it.” MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred rebuffed the demands, “We haven’t concluded our investigation with the Red Sox, so it’s a little hard to take the trophy away from somebody who hasn’t yet been found to do something wrong,” Mandred said. “We don’t know what the outcome of that is going to be.”