Houston Astros: MLB finds team guilty of electronic sign stealing

The Astros beat the Dodgers to win their first World Series in 2017

The Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch have been fired after being suspended without pay for a year by Major League Baseball for their role in sign stealing during their 2017 World Series-winning season.

MLB had been investigating claims the team illegally used a camera to steal signs from catchers to pitchers.

Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers and three anonymous sources told The Athletic in November that the Astros used a camera in the outfield during home games.

The Astros have been fined $5m, the highest amount permitted, and they forfeit their first and second-round draft picks for 2020 and 2021.

In a news conference addressing the ruling, Astros owner Jim Crane confirmed the firings of Luhnow and Hinch.

According to the ruling, the investigation revealed “absolutely no evidence” that Crane was aware of any of the team’s conduct.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was a Houston coach in 2017, is also named in the report and could face a ban.

In addition, MLB is investigating claims that the Red Sox used video replays to steal signs from catchers to pitchers during their 2018 World Series-winning season, following a second report by The Athletic