Complete Timeline of Houston Astros Cheating Scandal
By Sean Facey
This MLB offseason has been nothing short of insane. What started out as one player airing some dirty laundry about his former team has now spiraled into massive cheating scandal, resulting in multiple investigations by MLB and a number of people losing their jobs.
The Houston Astros' recent success, including their 2017 World Series win, has been called into doubt. So how did we get to where we are now? Let's take a look back at what has transpired over the past few months.
Nov. 12, 2019: Mike Fiers Speaks to "The Athletic"
On Nov. 12, 2019, former Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers got the ball rolling on the cheating scandal when he alleged in speaking with "The Athletic" that the team was stealing signs illegally during their 2017 championship run.
Specifically, he said that the team used a camera in center field to do so.
Nov. 12, 2019: Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran Named in Report
Cora and Beltran, managers of the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets at the time of the report's release, were named as the main perpetrators of the sign-stealing scheme in Houston in 2017.
This immediately put their futures as managers in doubt.
Nov. 14, 2019: MLB Opens Investigation Into Astros
A few days after the report from The Athletic, MLB opened up an investigation into Fiers' allegations. Video monitors were instructed to listen for any suspicious banging sounds in videos from Minute Maid Park.
Jan. 7, 2020: The Athletic Releases New Report on Red Sox
On Jan. 7, The Athletic released a new report alleging that Alex Cora, who joined the Boston Red Sox as their manager prior to the 2018 season, masterminded another cheating system in Boston.
The league then opened up another investigation, this one into the Red Sox.
Jan. 13, 2020: Hinch and Luhnow Suspended and Fired, Astros Penalized
Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were each fired by team owner Jim Crane for their roles in the sign-stealing scandal after the MLB suspended the both of them for one year.
The team was fined $5 million and stripped of first- and second-round picks for the 2020 and 2021 drafts.
Jan. 14, 2020: Red Sox, Cora Part Ways
The Boston Red Sox parted ways with their manager just a year removed from a World Series win following the punishment handed down by the league. Cora's punishment is still pending, but many are expecting for it to be significant.
Jan. 16, 2020: Mets, Beltran Part Ways
Before he even got the chance to manage a game, Beltran, who was first believed to have stepped down from his post with the Mets, agreed to mutually part ways with the team because of his role in the scandal and the bad press it was bringing New York. His termination made him the third manager to be forced out of a job as a result of the allegations.