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  1. #1 Houston Astros GM & Manager suspended, then fired for stealing signs 
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    Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were fired by owner Jim Crane Monday following Major League Baseball's announcement of discipline in the sign-stealing scandal.

    A league investigation confirmed the Astros had cheated by using a camera-based sign-stealing system during the regular season and playoffs of their World Series-winning 2017 season.

    Luhnow and Hinch were suspended for the 2020 season, but Crane said the team wanted to go beyond that ruling.

    "We need to move forward with a clean slate," he said.

    As part of the league's penalty, the Astros will also lose first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021, and the organization was fined a record $5 million. MLB said in its statement that if Luhnow or Hinch "engage in any future material violations" of MLB rules, they will be placed on the league's permanently ineligible list.
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    As if stealing signs is anything new. Been doing it for ages. One of my talents when I played was being able to decipher the opposing team's steal sign.
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    Looks like technology was 'brushed-back' by a high, inside zinger

    I haven't formed an opinion on the punishments. Seems way too harsh, but it's cheating… so I guess I'm okay with whatever the precedence will be.

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