Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred defended the decision to not punish particular person Houston Astros gamers over a 2017 signal-stealing scandal on Sunday, saying it was clear they’d already “paid a value.”
MLB in January suspended Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch for this year’s season while stripping the group of four draft picks and levying a $5 million fine.
The Astros later dismissed Luhnow and Hinch, and owner Jim Crane has offered an apology for the scandal.
Manfred, in an interview, stated: “I understand people’s need to have the players pay the price for what went wrong.
“I feel if you watch the players, watch their faces when they need to deal with this subject publicly, they’ve paid the price.
At the outset, it concerned staff in the Astros’ video replay review room utilizing a live game feed from the centerfield camera to decode and transmit opposing groups’ pitch sign series.
The then-Astros bench coach Alex Cora installed a screen displaying the centerfield camera shots near the Houston dugout so players might watch, determine the signals and hit a trash can with a bat to indicate to their batter what sort of pitch was coming next.