HOUSTON – Social media is on fire after the announced suspensions of Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Here are some of the early responses to the fallout from the sign-stealing scheme.
So let me get this right. You steal signs and get fired, but you do steroids and get millions of dollars in contracts and inducted into the Hall of Fame? #makesnosense— Roy Oswalt (@royoswalt44net) January 13, 2020
As we try to digest the significance of these #Astros penalties, remember this:— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 13, 2020
We haven’t seen multiple suspensions of this length for the same team since the Black Sox - a century ago.
Penalty is what it is. The draft picks are the only thing that hurts. Just have to spend money internationally. Slap on the wrist, really. Bottom line: Still 2017 World Series champs! #Astros pic.twitter.com/f1GpIlXDdd— Lucas Davis (@sportsbyLD) January 13, 2020
#Astros got HAMMERED! Jeff Luhnow, president of baseball ops and GM, and manager AJ Hinch suspended one year without pay.— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) January 13, 2020
- Fined $5,000,000
- Astros forfeit first and second round selections in the 2020 and 2021 First-Year Player Drafts @NBCDFWSports https://t.co/YfVZ6GFsmL
This doesn't devastate the #Astros. The organization is churning along so an assistant GM can drive the ship for a year, MLB managers aren't as important as NFL and NBA HC's. The 1st and 2nd rounders for 2 years hurt, but the MLB draft is 40 rounds.— Jeremy Branham (@JeremyBranham) January 13, 2020
The #Astros will be okay.
Former #Astros bench coach & current Red Sox mgr Alex Cora is cited as having knowledge & being involved in the Astros attempt to decode signs. MLB commissioner is withholding punishment for him until further investigation is complete. pic.twitter.com/6dS2UM5oeb— Adam Wexler (@KPRC2AdamW) January 13, 2020
What makes this #Astros debacle even worse is the fact that the overwhelming majority of the guys on this team are so freaking likable. Whether we like it or not, ALL of their legacies will be tainted by this decision. That sucks.— Chris Spisak (@ChrisSpisak) January 13, 2020
AJ Hinch got a one year suspension for his role in the #Astros sign stealing scandal.— Chris Dixon (@cdixon25) January 13, 2020
That means Alex Cora, who was involved in two cheating schemes, theoretically could get even more.
This gets even more interesting.
Significant penalties but I’m not sure AJ Hinch should be allowed to return to baseball. Those who have been banned did things directly inline with this scandal. The #Astros gained a legitimate game-changing competitive advantage. Knowing the pitch > being artificially stronger. https://t.co/YHaSI2pWsV— Spotrac (@spotrac) January 13, 2020
Key part of the report is that the #Astros continued to cheat after the 9/15/17 Apple Watch punishment by the Commissioner and warning that future illegalities would be dealt with in a harsher manner. And the report says the Astros continued to cheat through the postseason.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 13, 2020
MLB comes down hard on the #Astros with one-year suspensions for GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch, $5 million fine and loss of 1st and second round draft picks in 2020-21.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 13, 2020