Major League Baseball has reportedly decided on a punishment for the Houston Astros for their alleged cheating during games using an illegal video system inside Minute Maid Park.
According to multiple reports, the following punishments have been handed down to Houston's franchise:
- One-year suspension for manager A.J. Hinch
- One-year suspension for general manager Jeff Luhnow
- Loss of first-round picks in 2020 and 2021 MLB Drafts
- $5 million fine
That is significant.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had the full details.
No Astros players have reportedly been punished. It doesn't appear that former Astros player Carlos Beltran, now the manager of the Mets, has been punished, either.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, meanwhile, is expected to receive "harsh" punishment. He was a coach on the Astros in 2017.
The Astros won the World Series in 2017, beating the Dodgers. Houston lost to the Washington Nationals in the World Series in seven games this past season.