Rob Manfred’s report answered many questions about the Astros’ electronic sign-stealing. But we have some more questions — and answers:
Q: The Astros were found guilty of illegally stealing signs throughout the 2017 season, including the postseason, as well as the 2018 regular season, and they received considerable penalties. Why didn’t commissioner Rob Manfred overturn their 2017 championship?
A. The Commissioner’s Office made clear from the outset of this investigation that such a ruling wasn’t on the table. Think of the Pandora’s box that would open: Do you take away the 2000 Yankees’ title because ace Roger Clemens allegedly used illegal performance-enhancing drugs that season? What about Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” off Ralph Branca, which was likely achieved via illegal sign-stealing? It’s way too messy.
Q: Will Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch ever work in baseball again?
A: I’ll say yes for Hinch and probably not for Luhnow, based on both men’s first statements in the wake of the news that they had been suspended for a year and fired by the Astros. Hinch took full accountability for not stopping bench coach Alex Cora and…