MLB hands down historic punishment to Astros for sign stealing, including suspensions for manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow

Major League Baseball dealt the most severe punishment against a team in its history Monday by suspending Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for a year for their role in using electronic equipment to steal signs, while fining the organization $5 million and stripping them of first- and second-round draft picks in 2020-2021.

The message sent was clear: Baseball will not permit cheating in baseball, and the next organization that uses illegal electronic equipment will be dealt even a harsher penalty.

Manfred is also barring Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman from MLB for at least a year for his comments to female reporters regarding Roberto Osuna during the playoffs.  

The Astros have announced a press conference to address the punishment later this afternoon. 

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