The big news of the week came in the form of Major League Baseball dropping the hammer on the Houston Astros for their whole sign-stealing saga…
General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were suspended for one year (and subsequently fired).
The organization has to forfeit its first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.
The organization was issued a fine of $5 million, the maximum allowed under the MLB Constitution.
In the wake of all of this, Alex Cora, who was Houston’s bench coach in 2017 and a ringleader for the whole thing, was fired by the Red Sox.
There’s no word yet on whether or not the Mets will fire the newly-hired Carlos Beltran, who was a player at the time, but apparently played a key role.
So, to be honest, calling that a dropping of the hammer is a bit hyperbolic. It’s really just a slap on the wrist. At the end of the day, the Astros still have their World Series. The draft picks really don’t matter because that banner is still going to fly and the fine is inconsequential in the gazillion-dollar world of professional baseball. …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation