AJ Hinch: ‘Fair question’ if Astros’ title tainted by scandal

AJ Hinch: ‘Fair question’ if Astros’ title tainted by scandal

AJ Hinch: ‘Fair question’ if Astros’ title tainted by scandal

"As the manager, I always feel responsibility for everything that happens in and around the team", said Hinch, who was sacked by the Astros in January shortly after being suspended for a year by the league.

Major League Baseball determined that the Astros used an illegal sign-stealing operation in 2017, the year it won the World Series.

Major League Baseball did not punish any individual players for the scheme but did hand Houston a $5 million fine and the loss of first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.

Both Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired by the Astros about an hour after Major League Baseball suspended them each for a year.

According to the WSJ, the Excel-based application created to decode opposing catchers' signs was used throughout the 2017 season and for part of 2018 by Astros baseball operations employees and video room staffers both at home and on the road. Alex Cora, who was Houston's bench coach at the time, helped devise the plan, which included the use of a live-feed camera.

Luhnow and Hinch were suspended without pay for the 2020 season before being fired about an hour later. "I'm absolutely convinced of that fact".

"We have the right to discipline players right now".

"I did [damage the monitors]", Hinch said.

MLB's investigation report mentioned that Hinch twice damaged the monitor in the runway used as part of the sign stealing scheme.

Hinch says he hopes that "over time it's proven" that the illegal sign stealing pitching tactics didn't dictate their tournament win, adding that the Texas team's talent stands alone.

"It's a fair question and I think everyone will have to draw their own conclusion". It remains to be seen how history will truly remember the Astros from the Hinch era. Second of all, marginal fans - the ones you need in order to make it a real success - don't want to watch an inferior game, if that's what you wind up with.

"We got investigated for three months", Hinch said. He is eligible to return to baseball after the World Series ends in October. "I love players. I love the competition". Hinch said. "When I look back at all the different things I've had to do through the course of my career, playing, managing, front office, so many crisis or big moments that feel like it's the moment for leadership, I feel good about them".

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