Jeff Luhnow, general manager of Houston Astros, and AJ Hinch, manager, were fired after being suspended for a year from Major League Baseball for their role in sign theft during the 2017 season in which they won the World Series were.
The MLB had investigated claims that the team illegally used a camera to steal catchers' signs from jugs.
Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers and three anonymous sources reported to The Athletic in November that the Astros used an out-of-field camera at home games.
The Astros were fined $ 5 million, the highest allowable amount. They have forfeited their first and second draft picks for 2020 and 2021.
At a press conference, Astros owner Jim Crane confirmed the layoffs of Luhnow and Hinch.
According to the verdict, the investigation found "absolutely no evidence" that Crane was aware of any behavior by the team.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who coached Houston in 2017, is also mentioned in the report and could face a ban.
In addition, according to a second report by The Athletic, MLB is investigating claims that the Red Sox used video replay during the 2018 season in which the World Series won to steal signs from catchers,
MLB prohibits the use of electronic devices to steal signs.
But although the practice is frowned upon, it does not otherwise violate the rules.
Catchers display pitchers with their fingers to request a specific delivery – e.g. B. a fastball, a curve ball or a slider – and knowing which pitch is likely to come is an advantage for the dough.
The first Athletic report says that during the 2017 season, Astros players and employees would monitor the signals of the opposing catchers, recorded by a camera in Minute Maid Park.
After finding out which sign corresponded to which field, they told the batsman what was coming and allegedly knocked on a trash can in the clubhouse to signal a decrease in speed.
The Astros won their only world championship in 2017 and defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in game seven at Dodgers Stadium to win an exciting 2017 World Series.
It was her first and only championship title. Houston was beaten 4-3 by the Washington Nationals in this year's World Series.
Fiers, 34, was not offered a new contract in Houston after the end of the 2017 season because he was no longer in the squad in the postseason. He moved to the Detroit Tigers in 2018 and is currently with Oakland Athletics.
"I just want the game to be cleaned up a bit because there are people who lose their jobs because they go in there and don't know it," said Fiers.
Luhnow, Hinch and Brandon Taubman's suspensions are scheduled to begin immediately and end the day after the 2020 World Series ends.
Former Deputy General Manager Taubman, who was released from Houston in October, is also suspended for one year without payment.
"Significant damage to the game"
"I think the behavior of the Astros and its senior baseball managers deserves considerable discipline," said Commissioner Rob Manfred in the nine-page verdict.
"The behavior described here has prompted fans, players, executives from other MLB clubs, and media representatives to ask questions about the integrity of the games the Astros participated in. However, it is impossible to determine whether the behavior actually affected the results. " On the field, the perception of some players can do considerable damage to the game. "
Should Luhnow or Hinch get involved in "future material violations" of the MLB rules in the future, they will be banned for life.
The report says that former bank coach Cora, who is now the manager of the Red Sox, was involved in setting up the illegal recordings.
Cora was not disciplined as part of the investigation, but the report says he could face fines after the ongoing red -ox investigation into allegations of illegal theft of signs in the 2018 season.
MLB launched a new investigation last week after The Athletic reported that the Red Sox used their video / replay room during the 2018 season to learn opponents' strings.