MLB deals monumental penalties to Astros

Breaking: Astros sign-stealing punishments announced, suspensions for Luhnow and Hinch, loss of draft picks

Astros manager A.J. Hinch
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On Monday afternoon, the MLB announced the penalties associated with its investigation into the 2017 sign-stealing scandal that surfaced in November of 2019. The penalties reported are:

  • 1-year suspension for GM Jeff Luhnow
  • 1-year suspension for Manager A.J. Hinch
  • Loss of 2020 and 2021 first and second-round draft picks
  • Fine of $5 million
No players have been named as receiving punishment in this decision. We will continue to update this story as we have more information.

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The Braves blew the game open against Hader on Monday night. Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images.

When the Astros signed Josh Hader to anchor the back of the bullpen with Ryan Pressly and Bryan Abreu, we thought the club might have the best 'pen in MLB.

But at this early stage in the season, nobody is confusing these guys with Octavio Dotel, Brad Lidge, and Billy Wager.

Heading into the ninth inning on Monday night, the Astros handed the ball to Hader trailing the Braves 2-1. Instead of keeping the game close and giving the Astros' offense one more chance, the Braves teed off on the closer putting the game out of reach and ultimately winning 6-1.

Hader has one save on the season with an ERA over nine. Which has us wondering, do the Astros have a Hader problem?

Don't miss the video above as ESPN Houston's John Granato and Lance Zierlein weigh in!

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