Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Houston Astros‘ illegal use of technology is in its final stages and members of the organization expect commissioner Rob Manfred to decide on the severity of discipline within the next two weeks, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
With witnesses admitting that the Astros used a system to relay pitch types to batters before they were thrown, according to sources, MLB’s coming decisions are twofold: whom to discipline and how harshly to do so.
The targets for discipline will be employees of the team, including the front office and on-field coaching personnel, but will not include the players involved in the scheme, according to three players who have been interviewed. Those who could face discipline include Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, Astros manager AJ Hinch and other front-office members, sources said. The team also could face a record fine.
An MLB spokesman declined to comment.
The existence of a memo from Manfred on Sept. 15, 2017, explicitly stating he would punish…