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WILL ASTROS LOSE TITLE?

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Major League Baseball concluded its investigation of the sign-stealing allegations against the Houston Astros. The league determined that both general manager Jeff Lunhow and manager A.J. Hinch were aware of the cheating efforts and suspended both for the 2020 season. In addition, MLB also stripped the Astros of their first- and second-round picks in both the 2020 and 2021 drafts and fined the organization $5 million.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in his statement that both Lunhow and Hinch have been issued a warning that clearly says, if either is “found to engage in any future material violations of the Major League Rules” they will be permanently banned.

… and then, the story took another major turn. Within a couple hours of the MLB release, Houston Astros owner Jim Crane fired both Lunhow and Hinch.

The big question now is will the Houston Astros also be stripped of their 2017 World Series title? Will an asterisk now accompany the team’s name in baseball’s record books?

This isn’t the first time sign-stealing impacted a series of such import. You can go back as early as the mid-20th century. Remember Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World?” Sign stealing was alleged for years until author Joshua Prager discovered evidence that the New York Giants stole signs, as reported in his 2008 book, The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World.

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John Strubel

Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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