Before we get to the links, let’s start with a poll of our readership. We all know what went down yesterday and the writersare curious as to how everyone here feels about the punishment.
Was the punishment handed down to the Astros...
This poll is closed
...the right one?
Here’s a complete rundown of the hammer that came down on the Astros yesterday (Astros County)
Make no mistake that, even though some were able to skirt punishment, no one looks good in all of this (The Athletic, $$$)
Hinch and Luhnow have been dismissed by Crane for their part in the scheme (MLB Trade Rumors)
So what comes next for the Astros? (Astros.com)
And what impact will the stripped draft picks have? (Astros.com)
Here are some random thoughts on where we are and where we’re headed in the wake of the scandal (Astros County)
It looks as though Joe Espada will helm the ship for at least a little while after the loss of AJ Hinch (NBC Sports)
Hinch has issued a formal apology to Astros fans (Houston Chronicle)
Luhnow released a statement of his own, though somewhat less contrite (Houston Chronicle)
Hinch and Luhnow may be down but they’re probably not out of baseball (Call to the Pen)
Around the League
Alex Cora’s neck appears to be next up on the chopping block as MLB turns its eyes on the Red Sox (MLB.com)
Meanwhile, Carlos Beltran will get a free pass since he was a player when he helped orchestrate the scheme (MLB.com)
Scott Boras, champion of MLB integrity, has called for rules clarification to help combat cheating (Yahoo Sports)
Nationals prospect Fausto Segura has died in a car crash at the age of 23 (AP News)
Tony Kemp is headed back to the AL West, but as a member of the Oakland A’s (MLB Trade Rumors)
The Tigers have inked a contract with Ivan Nova (ESPN)