As a result of the MLB investigation into the Astros sign-stealing investigation, Hinch and Luhnow were given suspensions for the 2020 season. Jim Crane decided to take the discipline one step further and relieve them of their duties.
“There are two very important points I want to make today: I have higher standards for the city and the franchise, and I am going above and beyond MLB’s penalty,” Crane said. “Today, I have made the decision to dismiss AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow. We need to move forward with a clean slate, and the Astros will become a stronger organization because of this today.