The Houston Astros have finally received their punishment from the MLB for their bombshell sign-stealing scheme over multiple seasons that helped them achieve massive success, cresting with the 2017 World Series.
Per league insider Jeff Passan, both general manager Jeff Luhnow and skipper AJ Hinch will be suspended for one year.
Commissioner Rob Manfred and Co. will also swipe Houston's first- and second-round picks of the 2020 and 2021 drafts. Additionally, the franchise will be fined a sum of $5 million.
Talk about laying down the hammer.
Passan also notes that NO Astros players will be disciplined by the league.
There was talk about whether or not Carlos Beltran, now the Mets manager, would be punished. But he was a player during his tenure with Houston and investigators determined that he, though very much a part of the scandal, will not be penalized.
The same, however, cannot be said for former Astros bench coach Alex Cora. Passan expects that the Red Sox skipper's punishment will be draconian.
Fellow insider Mark Feinsand dropped another bomb related to the extended investigation.
Former assistant GM Brandon Taubman has also been suspended for one year for the disgraceful comments he uttered towards a group of female reporters in the Astros clubhouse during the postseason.
There you have it, folks.
Stay tuned for further developments that are sure to materialize in the wake of this monstrous revelation.