MLB has penalized the Houston Astros for illegally stealing signs during the 2017 season. The penalties include one-year suspensions for manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow, losses of first and second round picks in 2020 and 2021 as well as a fine of $5 million dollars. (Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)
It has been reported that no players are being punished. The MLB has come down hard on the Astros for illegally stealing signs and it’s $5 million fine was the maximum the league can levy. Red Sox manager Alex Cora could also be punished as he was a part of the team in 2017, that yet has to be determined. The Astros are talented enough to get by in the short-term, but the loss of picks will set them back in the future. The biggest surprise here is that there were no suspensions for the players, just management. The MLB wanted to send a strong message and did that by hammering the Astros to ensure this doesn’t happen again.