The MLB has finally announced the penalties for the Houston Astros cheating scandal, but it doesn’t seem harsh enough. Below is a summary:
Jeffrey Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, who were both set to be suspended for a season, have been let go by the organization. Carlos Beltran was originally implicated in the scandal, but he will get away with no personal penalty, per Jeff Passan. Former Astros bench coach and current Red Sox manager Alex Cora will be receiving his expected harsh penalty soon. Stay tuned for further developments.
UPDATE: Since the time of publishing, two more teams have parted ways with managers due to their involvement in the Astros 2017 cheating scandal.
On Tuesday, the Red Sox dismissed Alex Cora for reasons exclusively related to incidents that took place while he was with the Astros.
Unlike the Astros, the Red Sox did not wait until the MLB handed down an official punishment to move on from their manager.
This afternoon, the Mets followed suit by mutually parting ways with Carlos Beltran, who played a large role in the 2017 Astros scheme during his last season as a player.
Further speculation continues to swirl around all parts of the internet. A Twitter account that some believe to be Carlos Beltran's niece (and others believe to be another MLB player's burner account) has made some bombshell claims that further the depth of the Astros cheating scandal.
The Beltrans deny that the owner of the account has any relation to the now former Mets manager, however.
Regardless of who is actually behind the account, the claims may have some weight behind them. Upon further review of Jose Altuve's 2017 ALCS game six walk-off home run, the star second baseman appears to signal to his teammates to not rip his jersey off.
Additional parties reviewing the video have also noted a rather odd element of Altuve's celebration. Instead of remaining on the field to join his teammates in celebration, he makes his way down to the clubhouse for a wardrobe change.
Padres outfielder Tommy Pham then got in on the speculation by tweeting a zoomed-in picture of Altuve allegedly wearing a device that was used to electronically transmit signals underneath his jersey during the 2017 World Series.
Wild stuff all around. Stay tuned to this article for further updates.