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BREAKING: Punishment for Astros’ Sign-Stealing Scandal Announced (UPDATED)

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The punishment verdict is in for the Astros, which will hold long-term consequences for the club.

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Well, the Astros punishment for their sign-stealing scandal is in. And, by golly, it isn’t pretty.

The Astros have made their bed and now they have to lie in it. More details and discussion to come.

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No players will be disciplined for their role in the sign-stealing scheme. But I wouldn’t want to be Alex Cora right now.

Commissioner Rob Manfred absolutely tore the Astros a new one when it comes to the club’s culture, specifically in the front office.

And former assistant general manager Brandon Taubman also saw punishment (deservingly) from this investigation.

Manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow will want to keep a low profile for a while.

And the scheme also occurred during the 2017 postseason. That’s damning.

Yes, why did they keep doing it?

More to come in due time, I’m sure.

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So long to the Luhnow/Hinch era in Houston.

The (lone) assistant general manager Pete Putila is a name to watch in the general manager search.

And bench coach Joe Espada, who was in the running for a couple of manager jobs earlier this offseason, is now the interim manager for the Astros.

What a freaking day.

UPDATE:

Read the entirety of Commissioner Manfred’s report and statement here.