The MLB brought down the hammer on Monday afternoon, suspending both Houston Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow and manager AJ Hinch for the entire 2020 season. This is all from their sign-stealing allegations in 2017, when the Astros won the World Series.
Including the suspensions, Houston is also forced to forfeit their 2020 and 2021 first and second-round draft picks. They were also fined $5 million, that is the highest allowable fine under the Major League Constitution.
Lunhow and Hinch basically have the year off until the end of the 2020 World Series because they are not allowed to participate with anything regarding the Astros Major League team. They can’t even do anything regarding Houston’s Minor League team or come around during Spring Training. They are not allowed to enter a MLB stadium during the suspension or travel with the Astros team.
Inside this report, you will find that current Red Sox manager, former Astros bench coach Alex Cora had a hand in all of this. Despite this being mostly player-driven, Cora had a hand in setting it all up.
Alex Cora (Bench Coach)
Cora was involved in developing both the banging scheme and utilizing the replay review room to decode and transmit signs. Cora participated in both schemes, and through his active participation, implicitly condoned the players’ conduct. I will withhold determining the appropriate level of discipline for Cora until after the DOI completes its investigation of the allegations that the Red Sox engaged in impermissible electronic sign stealing in 2018 while Cora was the manager.
JomBoy on Twitter did a deep dive on all of this back in November if you are unfamiliar on what happened.
With this being done and over with, you have to wonder what will come next. Is Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox in trouble?