Houston Astros Cheating Scandal: Recap and Aftermath


Charlie Abt

              On Monday afternoon, the Houston Astros were given one of the harshest penalties ever handed down by Major League Baseball as a result of their sign-stealing scandal that had them decode the opposing teams’ signs, and then they would bang on a trash can with a bat to rely what type of pitch was coming. They were fined five million dollars, they lost their first and second-round picks in each of the next two years. Their General Manager, Jeff Luhnow, and manager, A.J. Hinch, were both suspended for one season. About an hour later, they were both fired by Astros’ owner Jim Crane. The only reason MLB became aware of the sign-stealing the Astros were participating in, is because a former pitcher of theirs came clean about everything that was going on during the 2017 season. Yesterday, Tuesday, January 14, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was fired as a result, he was stated as the ring-leader amongst the coaches on the 2017 Houston Astros, and the Red Sox were being investigated by the MLB for their own scandal. Carlos Beltran was the only player who was named in the report released by the MLB, and he is the only person who is still in a position of power as he is now the Mets manager, and many people believe that he should be fired before he even manages a game. I disagree with the idea that the Mets should fire Beltran, as no players from the 2017 Astros, and if he were to be fired, he would be the only player to face punishment, and also the reason he was even named in the report is that he is now a retired player.

          I believe that as a result of the suspension, that it will be very difficult for A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow, and Alex Cora to ever get jobs in the MLB again, it will at the very least take years for them to get a job. MLB did the right thing here, as they showed that cheating is not something that will be taken lightly, and they will come down even harder on the next team to do it. This has been a dark week for Major League Baseball, and it doesn’t seem to be over anytime soon with the current investigation into the Boston Red Sox, over similar accusations.