Astros Cheating Scandal

The investigation on the Houston Astros cheating in their 2017 World Series winning season is might be coming to a close after punishments were given.

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A.J. Hinch (left), and Jeff Luhnow (right) were suspended and fired after be blamed for the Astros cheating in their 2017 season.

Andrew Chouinard, Staff Writer

In the past couple of months, there has been a lot of conversation about the Houston Astros cheating in their 2017 World Series-winning season. What they are being accused of stealing signs from other teams. Stealing signs is normally legal, but the team cannot use technology to steal the signs which is exactly what the Astros did. The Astros had cameras in the outfield that viewed what kind of pitches the catcher was calling. So the Astros were seeing exactly what pitches were going to be pitched before hand. The players on the bench would bang on trash cans or other objects to tell the batter what pitch was about to be thrown. But recently, Major League Baseball and commissioner Rob Manfred announced the punishments for the Astros. The team was fined $5 million,General Manager Jeff Luhnow and Manager A.J. Hinch were suspended for a year then fired by the Astros owner, former assistant GM Brandon Taubman was suspended for one year, and and the Astros had to forfeit their first and second round draft picks for the next two years. Current Boston Red Sox manager, Alex Cora, has been blamed as well because he was the Astros bench coach in 2017, but he has also been implicated in the other cheating scandal involving the Red Sox in their 2018 season where they also won the World Series.Recently, Cora was fired by the Red Sox, but was not suspended. Another man that has come up in recent media talks is current Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Beltran was a player during the 2017 season with the Astros, and he was involved in the cheating. But no players have been punished. This is because some of them have moved on to other teams, and punishing them would effect teams that were not involved at all. With the the Astros GM and manager being suspended and fired, it leaves the Astros with no manager or GM. This will spark some questions such as who will take those positions? And how will this effect the Astros coming into the 2020 season?