It is a perfect storm of bad for an organization that has been tripped up over the years by so many of their own missteps:
1) The Astros have been the most hated organization in the majors. So all of their competitors have wanted as much negative fallout for Houston as possible.
2) Yet, I have not found an outside executive who thinks Houston was punished enough in the rulings announced Monday by Commissioner Rob Manfred. In some form I have heard that now former Houston manager A.J. Hinch and president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow should have been permanently banned and/or that the Astros should have forfeited the ability to sign players internationally for a few years, not just lost draft picks, and/or their 2017 title should be vacated and/or that players should have been punished.
3) Beltran is the only player mentioned in MLB’s report. The implication is clear — he was not just a beneficiary of the sign-stealing knowledge; he was involved in establishing the…