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  • Houston Astros Are The New Cheatriots

    Looks like the Astros took a lesson out of the Cheatriot playbook with a camera to steal signals:

    Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, manager A.J. Hinch fired by owner Jim Crane for roles in cheating scandal

    Houston Astros owner Jim Crane announced Monday that manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow have been fired. Crane's decision came shortly after MLB announced penalties for the Astros' sign-stealing scandal in 2017. As part of those penalties, Hinch and Luhnow were each suspended for one year. Crane, though, said he was going over and above those penalties and relieved Hinch and Luhnow of their duties.
    He is expected to oversee baseball operations department in the interim. According to multiple reports, current Astros bench coach Joe Espada will be named interim manager. Espada, 44, had been a candidate for multiple managerial openings earlier this offseason.
    Hinch, 45, spent the last five seasons as manager of the Astros. Over that span, he led the team to a record of 481-329 (.594). Along the way, Hinch managed them to four playoff berths, three division crowns, and the World Series title in 2017. Prior to leading the Astros, Hinch for parts of the 2009 and 2010 seasons managed the Diamondbacks. He was 89-123 (.420) with Arizona.
    Luhnow, 53, had been GM of the Astros since just after the 2011 season. On Luhnow's watch, the Astros undertook a deep and controversial rebuild that saw them lose 310 games through his first three seasons. Along the way, though, they stockpiled an impressive core of young talent. Starting in 2015, Luhnow's efforts began bearing fruit. They claimed an AL wild card spot that season and two years later defeated the Dodgers in the World Series.