Major League Baseball is reportedly winding down their investigation into the Houston Astros allegedly using technology to steal signs and then conveying the information to hitters in the batters’ box during regular-season games.
According to ESPN‘s Jeff Passan, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is nearing a decision on punishment for the Astros. Per the report, most believe it will be a very significant one, targeting the team’s front office and coaching staff, but largely avoiding its players.
“Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Houston Astros’ illegal use of technology is in its final stages and members of the organization expect commissioner Rob Manfred to decide on the severity of discipline within the next two weeks, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
The targets for discipline will be employees of the team, including the front office and on-field coaching personnel, but will not include the players involved in the scheme, according to three players who have been interviewed. Those who could face discipline include Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, Astros manager AJ Hinch and other front-office members, sources said. The team also could face a record fine.”
Alex Cora was a bench coach for that 2017 Astros team, and he might not only face discipline for what he did there, but also with the Red Sox in 2018 as new information has come out that Boston is now being investigated for illegal use of the video replay room during their 2018 championship season.
Passan reports we should know the Houston Astros’ fate within the next few weeks.