The Houston Astros cheated by means of stealing opposing teams’ signs with technology, covered it up, got caught, and Major League Baseball dropped the hammer on them. Unfortunately, there’s no punishment or set of circumstances that will make the Astros appropriately suffer or repay those affected by their disgraceful practices: the damage is irreparable.
On January 13, Commissioner Rob Manfred banned Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch for the 2020 MLB season due to their roles in the team’s “player-driven” sign-stealing system. Shortly afterwards, team owner Jim Crane fired Luhnow and Hinch, making them outright unemployed.
The Astros were forced to forfeit their first and second-round draft picks in the 2020 and 2021 MLB Draft, as well as $5 million — which is the maximum amount the sport can penalize a team.
Allegations included the Astros having a camera setup in center field of their home ballpark, Minute Maid Park, which was zoomed in on the visiting team’s catcher’s fingers. This camera was projected onto a screen in the Astros dugout. If the camera detected a catcher indicating that an off-speed pitch was coming, there would…