AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow suspensions completed in 2020 even if MLB season is canceled

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Former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and former Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow will serve their season suspensions for the sign theft scandal even if no baseball is played in 2020, sources told ESPN Buster Olney on Thursday.

Hinch and Luhnow received the one-year ban and were later fired in January following a Major League Baseball investigation which confirmed that the Astros had cheated using a panel-based theft system on camera during the regular season and the playoffs of their World Series winner. 2017 season and part of the 2018 regular season.

According to the wording of Commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision, the two sentences end “after the completion of the World Series 2020”.

Sources told Olney that because the suspensions are linked to the end of the 2020 playoffs rather than a specific number of games, the MLB will consider Luhnow and Hinch to have served their discipline this year.

MLB said in January that further violations by Hinch and Luhnow would result in their inclusion on the definitively inadmissible list of MLB.

In addition to the sanctions imposed on Hinch and Luhnow, the Astros also lost their first and second round picks in 2020 and 2021 and were fined $ 5 million. Manfred said in January that he would not strip the Astros of their World Series title.

Last month, MLB announced that the opening day had been pushed back to mid-May at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league and players’ union also negotiated terms in March for the conditions necessary to return to play, with both sides expressing willingness to extend the season late into the 2020 calendar year if necessary.

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