Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
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Houston Astros manager A.J

Houston Astros manager A.J

While the scheme to steal signs and relay them to batters by banging on a garbage can was "player-driven", Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in a nine-page summary of the investigation, no players were disciplined - including New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran, who played for the 2017 Astros and was implicated by Manfred as one of the players involved in decoding signs.

Cora, who served as Houston's bench coach in 2017, was determined to have played a key role in the Astros' improper practices that season.

Manfred said Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros. MLB's investigation found that was unaware of the sign-stealing activities by his team. Sign stealing allows teams to give batters a huge advantage by telling them which pitches to expect from the opposition.

The Astros beat the LA Dodgers in seven games to claim their first-ever championship. He moved to the Detroit Tigers for 2018, and is now with the Oakland Athletics.

"We need to move forward with a clean slate", he said. It won the World Series in 2018.

Fired assistant GM Brandon Taubman was suspended for the full upcoming season, too, but for yelling at a female reporter about how glad he was that the team acquired closer Roberto Osuna, who had been accused to domestic violence.

"I find that the conduct of the Astros, and its senior baseball operations executives, merits significant discipline".

"Cora participated in both schemes, and through his active participation, implicitly condoned the players' conduct", the commissioner wrote.

Should either Luhnow or Hinch be found to engage in "any future material violations" of Major League rules in the future, the offender will be placed on the permanently ineligible list.

Cora also arranged for a monitor to be installed in the hallway leading to the Astros' dugout, the report said.

The report says former bench coach Cora, who is now the manager of the Red Sox, was involved in setting up the illegal recordings.

"I will withhold determining the appropriate level of discipline for Cora until after the DOI completes its investigation of the allegations that the Red Sox engaged in impermissible electronic sign stealing in 2018 while Cora was the manager", Manfred said.

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