Astros’ Hinch, GM banned for season for sign-stealing


Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch answers questions during a news conference before Game 4 of baseball’s American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) – Houston  manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for the entire season and the team fined $5 million for sign stealing by the team in 2017 and 2018 season.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred a strongly hinted that current Boston manager Alex Cora – the Astros bench coach in 2017 – will face discipline. Manfred said Cora developed the sign stealing system used by the Astros. Houston also will forfeit its next two first- and second-round draft picks.

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