Astros fire GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch over sign stealing scandal

By Justin Carissimo

/ CBS News

Astros fire GM & manager over sign stealing scandal

The Houston Astros on Monday fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch after Major League Baseball found that the club used technology to steal signs during the 2017 and 2018 season. Jim Crane, the team's owner, announced the firings in a news conference Monday.

The league had announced a one-year suspension for Luhnow and Hinch. The Astros will also pay a $5 million penalty and forfeit their first and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021.

Last month, The Athletic reported that Astros personnel used a center-field video camera to relay pitching signs during their 2017 World Series run. Investigators interviewed 68 witnesses, including current and former Astros players, and reviewed tens of thousands of emails, text messages and videos.

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"I find that the conduct of the Astros, and its senior baseball operations executives, merits significant discipline," Commissioner Rob Manfred said in the league's nine-page ruling.

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow on April 4, 2017, in Houston. Bob Levey / Getty

"The conduct described herein has caused fans, players, executives at other MLB clubs, and members of the media to raise questions about the integrity of games in which the Astros participated. And while it is impossible to determine whether the conduct actually impacted the results on the field, the perception of some that it did causes significant harm to the game," Manfred said.

The league is also investigating sign-stealing allegations against the Boston Red Sox, who allegedly used video replay to steal signs between opposing pitchers and catchers during their 2018 World Series run.

First published on January 13, 2020 / 2:27 PM

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Justin Carissimo

Justin is a senior news editor at CBS News. Reach him at [email protected]