Houston Astros fire manager and GM, fined $5 million for sign-stealing scandal


(AP) Astros owner Jim Crane announced on Monday that he has released manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after the MLB announced their suspension over their roles in the team’s 2017 sign-stealing controversy.

Hinch and Luhnow were initially suspended for one year, but Crane announced their dismissal quickly after that news surfaced.

Baseball also fined the team $5 million and stripped them of upcoming first and second round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.

The Astros won the World Series in 2017, but will not have to vacate that title.

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(This story was originally published on January 13, 2020)

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