Jan 13, 2020 8:02 PM

Astros' Hinch, GM banned then fired for sign-stealing

Posted Jan 13, 2020 8:02 PM

UPDATE: Astros fire manager AJ Hinch, general manager Jeff Luhnow after MLB suspensions for sign stealing.

By RONALD BLUM and KRISTIE RIEKEN, Associated Press

Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for the entire season and the team fined $5 million for sign stealing by the team in 2017 and 2018 season.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred a strongly hinted that current Boston manager Alex Cora — the Astros bench coach in 2017 — will face discipline. Manfred said Cora developed the sign stealing system used by the Astros.

Houston also will forfeit its next two first- and second-round draft picks.