CHEAT GATE: Houston Astros Slapped with Most Severe Penalty in Baseball History

By  //  January 14, 2020

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Astros fined $5 million, lose multiple draft picks

WATCH VIDEO –  The Houston Astro’s suffer the consequence big. Multiple firings, draft picks stripped away, fines and more.

(ESPN) – As part of the league’s penalty, the Astros will also lose first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021, and the organization was fined a record $5 million.

MLB said in its statement that if Luhnow or Hinch “engage in any future material violations” of MLB rules, they will be placed on the league’s permanently ineligible list.

Crane gave no timetable for naming replacements for Luhnow and Hinch.

The league discipline is among the harshest ever delivered by a commissioner, with Luhnow and Hinch banned until the day after the final game of the 2020 World Series despite neither having involvement with the scheme — and Hinch twice protesting by trying to damage the monitor used in the scheme.

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The league discipline is among the harshest ever delivered by a commissioner, with Luhnow and Hinch banned until the day after the final game of the 2020 World Series. (ESPN image)

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