Astros owner Jim Crane went “above and beyond” MLB’s discipline of GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch, firing both men after MLB suspended them for the 2020 season over Houston’s sign-stealing scandal.
“We accept (MLB’s) decisions and findings and penalties,” Crane said at a press conference Monday afternoon in Houston. “I have higher standards for the city and the franchise, and I am going above and beyond MLB’s penalty.
“Today, I have made the decision to dismiss A.J. 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. You can be confident that we will always do the right thing and will not have this happen again on my watch.”
Crane said that he will “quickly look for someone to manage the team,” adding “we certainly have possibilities internally.” Joe Espada, the Yankees’ former third-base coach, has served as Houston’s Astros’ bench coach since 2018 and is considered a frontrunner to replace Hinch.
Crane said he will “oversee” baseball operations for now in place of Luhnow, along with others he didn’t name on the baseball operations…