A.J. Hinch: 'I failed to stop' Astros' cheating

MLB Hammers Astros with Historic Punishments After Cheating Probe		18 Getty Images  Tim Warner Dylan Gwinn13 Jan 2020

MLB Hammers Astros with Historic Punishments After Cheating Probe 18 Getty Images Tim Warner Dylan Gwinn13 Jan 2020

Along the way, the team built an unaccountable power structure that allowed executives like Brandon Taubman to display their contempt for critics of its processes, as MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred concluded in his summary of the investigation. An hour after Major League Baseball announced its decision, Crane opened a news conference by saying Hinch and Luhnow were fired.

Cora began calling the replay room for the information early in the season.

"Witnesses explained that they initially experimented with communicating sign information by clapping, whistling, or yelling, but that they eventually determined that banging a trash can was the preferred method of communication", the report says. When the Red Sox were fined for using smart phones in the dugout in 2017 to relay sign to baserunners and hitters, Manfred issued an edict that general managers and managers would be held accountable for any further electronic cheating.

Hinch and Luhnow were fired Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, after being suspended for their roles in the team's extensive sign-stealing scheme from 2017.

■ No determination was made as to the effectiveness of the sign stealing in gaining a competitive advantage. The Astros' 2017 World Series Pennant doesn't mean much at all now due to this entire scandal. "While the evidence consistently showed I didn't endorse or participate in the sign stealing practices, I failed to stop them and am deeply sorry".

"Assessing discipline of players for this type of conduct is both hard and impractical", Manfred said in his report. (Whoever does take the job will have to navigate that particular minefield, as the previous regime signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the pitcher last week.) I will, like anyone hired to manage the Astros, rely heavily on the talents of José Altuve, Justin Verlander, Carlos Correa, George Springer, and the rest of the roster. What the Red Sox allegedly did in 2018 isn't the elaborate scheme that the Astros were doing.

■ The investigation did not find that the Astros used the banging scheme in 2018; but the replay room was used to decode signs and send them to the dugout.

Takeaway: After Alex Cora left the team to take over as Red Sox manager, the use of the replay room dissipated.

The report states Hinch WAS aware of the cheating - and told investigators he believed it was "wrong and distracting". but didn't directly tell the players directly to stop.

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