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MLB Fines Astros $5 Million, Suspends GM Jeff Luhnow & Manager A.J. Hinch, And Strips Draft Picks For 2017 Sign-Stealing Scandal

MLB concluded its investigation into the sign-stealing scandal that engulfed the Houston Astros and their 2017 World Series win, with the penalties including a $5 million fine. It’s the highest allowable fine permitted under the Major League Constitution.

Perhaps more crippling to the Astros, however, general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch have each been suspended for one year. Their bans take effect immediately and run through the 2020 World Series.

Luhnow and Hinch are prohibited from visiting any Major League, Minor League or Spring Training facilities, including stadiums, and they may not travel with or on behalf of the Astros organization.