MLB Hammers Astros with Historic Punishments After Cheating Probe

HOUSTON TX- OCTOBER 29 Bench coach Alex Cora #26 and manager A.J. Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros look on from the dugout during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park

Here are the biggest takeaways from the report, which you can read in its entirety here. Former Astros bench coach and current Red Sox manager Alex Cora is also expected to face discipline.

On the list of punishments potentially facing the Red Sox manager, the most draconian suddenly feels very much in play.

■ Cora was an exception in the scheme, which otherwise was largely conducted by players.

■ No determination was made as to the effectiveness of the sign stealing in gaining a competitive advantage.

Moments later, in a development nearly as stunning, the Astros fired both Hinch and Luhnow. The report said the Astros used the team's replay room to decipher the signs of the opposing catcher. Assessing discipline of players for this type of conduct is both hard and impractical.

Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Aug. 15, 2018. The replay room was still relaying signs in the 2018 regular season before the players stopped, believing it ineffective.

Sign stealing is relatively common in baseball and not illegal.

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According to a report released by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday, Hinch told league investigators that he wasn't part of the scheme, but that he also didn't try to stop it.

"Today is a very hard day for the Houston Astros", Crane told reporters Monday. The Astros used it to decode signs. Two bangs usually were used for off-speed pitches and no sound for fastballs.

Remember that second scheme about the replay room from earlier? While Mets manager Carlos Beltran was part of it, he was a player at the time and thus was not suspended. The investigation didn't find evidence that the Astros cheated during the 2018 postseason.

"The conduct described herein has caused fans, players, executives at other Major League Baseball clubs, and members of the media to raise questions about the integrity of games in which the Astros participated".

"Cora arranged for a video room technician to install a monitor, displaying the center field camera feed, immediately outside of the Astros' dugout ..."

Luhnow and Hinch were suspended despite neither having involvement with the scheme.

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