April 18, 2021

Effectively Wild Episode 1486: MLB Bangs the Gavel (FanGraphs)

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley discuss MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s report about the findings of the league’s investigation into the Astros’ sign-stealing activities and the firings of Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, touching on the appropriateness of the punishments, the new details revealed in the report, where the report fell short, why players weren’t suspended, the futures of the suspended personnel, the culpability of Luhnow, Hinch, Alex Cora, and Carlos Beltrán, when and why the sign stealing (supposedly) stopped, the future of the Astros, whether other teams will be implicated, permanent solutions to sign stealing, and more.

Audio intro: Queen, “Hammer to Fall
Audio outro: Justin Townes Earle, “Someone Will Pay

Link to MLB report
Link to Hinch statement
Link to Luhnow statement
Link to Ben on the report’s ripple effects
Link to Verducci report
Link to order The MVP Machine

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