Major League Baseball has severely punished the Astros for smashing these trash cans.
After MLB commissioner Rob Manfred conducted the "most thorough investigation the commissioner's office has ever done" last month, the Astros received heavy penalties for using electronic sign theft devices.
Houston GM Jeff Luhnow and Manager A.J. Hinch was given a one-year suspension, and the team will lose its first and second round draft picks over the next two years and be fined $ 5 million.
"I think the behavior of the Astros and its senior baseball managers deserves significant discipline," said Manfred in a press release. "I base this finding on the fact that the club's senior baseball managers were specifically advised in September 2017 that I would hold them accountable for violating our sign theft policy. Employees have this post-season policy 2017 and in the regular season 2018. "
The league interviewed more than 60 witnesses, added Manfred, and checked over 75,000 emails and a number of other instant messages to determine the extent of the theft of Astros signs.
It is believed that the Astros used a video system and hammering garbage cans to distract the Batters on the next pitch that would come.