After Rob Manfred laid down the punishment for the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow found themselves out of a job. While Hinch, the Astros' manager, doesn't deny his role in scandal, Luhnow claims he had no idea.
Luhnow, Houston's former general manager, insists that he played no part in the cheating and that he was "deeply upset" that he didn't know about the cheating because he "would have stopped it."
While certain baseball analysts expect Hinch to be able to find a job after his suspension is up, as he is one of the most respected minds in baseball, it seems that Luhnow's future could be more cloudy.
Although both Hinch and Luhnow claim they had little to no involvement in the cheating itself, both, as authority figures in the organization, failed to take the necessary measures to put an end to it. In fact, they reaped the benefits of it, hanging a pennant at Minute Maid Park.
Pleading ignorance is not a good enough excuse for Luhnow. As head of the baseball operations department, it's his responsibility to have knowledge of any wrongdoing. He failed in that respect.