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Sport MLB lets one group slide when doling out punishment to Astros: the actual players

17:10  14 january  2020
17:10  14 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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MLB completed its investigation and handed out severe punishments to the Houston Astros for stealing signs.

After MLB commissioner Rob Manfred handed out his historic punishments to the Houston Astros for his determination on Monday that they had stolen Good for MLB stepping up. Still don't know what's more frustrating tho, an ex teammate of the WS title team talking publicly about his team cheating or

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred handed down such severe punishment on Monday afternoon to Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow that within an hour or so both had the word “former” attached to their job titles.

a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Carlos Beltran was a member of the 2017 Astros team that won the World Series.© Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports Carlos Beltran was a member of the 2017 Astros team that won the World Series.

This was only right, since Hinch was aware of the scheme to illegally steal signs during the 2017 season and did nothing about it, other than to show his disdain for the scheme by damaging a couple of video monitors.

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Major League Baseball is now faced with a singular question: now what? Scandal has been the operative term in baseball once again, with the Houston Astros ' sig. Scandal has touched baseball once again, with the Houston Astros ' sign-stealing raising all kinds of questions. How did they do it?

Why MLB Issued Historic Punishment to Astros for Sign Stealing. MLB slapped the Astros with MLB suspended Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for a year, through the It’s about recognizing the reality that figuring out which individual players were in and out and

Talk about passive-aggressive.

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Hinch proved it again by not actually ordering those under his supervision to stop cheating. Even though Manfred and others in the MLB office had issued directives against using various forms of technology to cheat.

And since Luhnow should have known about the activity and put a stop to it, he deserved the suspension, too.

They were each suspended for the 2020 season, then fired by owner Jim Crane a short time later.

Former bench coach Alex Cora, now the Boston Red Sox manager, likely will face even more severe punishment since the MLB investigation found that he helped players direct and improve upon the scheme.

But one significant part of the Astros team avoided punishment: the players.

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How about Major League Baseball runs an immediate, thorough and independent investigation? This is up to MLB to find out what happened, not Luhnow–and quickly. But we know this much: the Astros had a system to alert their hitters at least sometimes when a changeup was coming.

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That's a bit of a surprise because according to the commissioner’s statement on Monday, “witnesses consistently describe this scheme as player-driven.”

Yet, the players are the only ones directly involved in the scheme who get to carry on with their careers unimpeded.

The reason? The cheating was too pervasive, involved too many of them, and some may have thought their conduct was condoned and encouraged by the club, Manfred wrote in his statement.

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Besides, many of the players are now with other teams.

“Many of the players who were interviewed admitted that they knew the scheme was wrong, because it crossed the line from what the player believed was fair competition and/or violated rules,” the statement reads.

Manfred and the MLB clearly didn’t want the investigation to grow tentacles and investigate everyone who donned an Astros uniform that year. That makes some sense, I guess. There's a difference between a serial cheater and who lives life by the credo that cheatin' equals tryin'.

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Major League Baseball announced punishment for the Houston Astros including one -year The Astros have a lot of work left to do this offseason after sitting out the free-agent market this winter and now As for a group of players that is all at once among baseball's most talented, accomplished

— Major League Baseball general managers slowly trickled out through the resort courtyard late They want the Astros to pay a fortune in penalties, being fined a record amount of money, forfeiting They couldn’t find a single time when he openly displayed a tendency to let the Astros know what

But also, if they can investigate deep enough to find out that Cora was the coach who encouraged and facilitated the scheme, couldn’t they also find out out his counterparts were among the players?

Manfred’s nine-page statement mentions only one player, Carlos Beltran.

But Manfred and others in baseball apparently determined that was going to be either fruitless or maybe result in a witch hunt. Or, more likely, that doing so was going to take a lot more time. Better to end it now, before the season started.

By punishing the Astros, Hinch, Luhnow and Cora (probably soon) severely, Manfred sent a message to managers and executives across the league that his directives are not to be ignored.

The players, meanwhile, received a free pass.

Reach Somers at Kent.Somers@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @kentsomers

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: MLB lets one group slide when doling out punishment to Astros: the actual players

Scott Boras says Astros players should not have to apologize .
Boras had a lot more to say on the topic, and it’s really no surprise that an agent who represents the biggest superstars in the sport would take that stance. He also currently reps Houston’s José Altuve, Lance McCullers and Aaron Sanchez. Boras defended Altuve when new allegations surfaced that Altuve and others took the cheating a step further in 2019.To say that Astros players had no idea they were breaking rules simply because Alex Cora may have been the mastermind behind the operation is absurd. We already know there was a different reason MLB chose not to punish players, but that in no way means they were innocent.

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