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White Sox can still hope to follow Astros' rebuilding model — without coming close to doing what they've done off the field

Being like the Houston Astros seemed like a good thing.

It turns out looks can be deceiving.

One of baseball's dreamiest rebuilds, the transformation of 100-game losers into perennial World Series contenders, turned into a nightmare Monday, when commissioner Rob Manfred handed out yearlong bans to Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow and manager A.J. Hinch, the result of their inaction in the face of sign-stealing during the team's run to the 2017 World Series title.

The harsher punishments came shortly thereafter, when Astros owner Jim Crane fired them both.

So much for a lack of consequences.