Former Astros GM Jeff Luhnow denies role in Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal again


Former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow in an interview aired Monday once again denied any knowledge of the team’s sign theft in 2017 and 2018, and said those involved in the scandal were still working for the club.Luhnow, in his first public comments since issuing a statement after being sacked in January, told Houston TV station KPRC that he had access to 22,000 text messages from Astros video room staff after to have been fired because of the scandal. He said the messages clearly show the scope of the cheating and exonerate him from any wrongdoing.

“It’s pretty clear who was involved with the video decoding scheme, when it started, how often it happened, and basically when it ended. And it’s also pretty clear who wasn’t involved, ”Luhnow said. “And I don’t know why this information, this evidence, was not discussed in the decision, was not used. The people involved who did not naturally go to other teams are still employed by the Astros. .

“In fact, one of the people who was intimately involved, I demoted from a position in the clubhouse to a position elsewhere, and after being fired, he was promoted to the clubhouse. So none of these people suffered repercussions. . They were not addressed in the report, but everything indicates that they were involved. ”

Luhnow said the texts were part of Major League Baseball’s cheating investigation and the Astros had access to them as well.

A league investigation confirmed that the Astros cheated using a camera-based sign stealing system during the regular season and playoffs of their winning 2017 World Series season and for part of the 2018 regular season.

MLB announced their discipline from the Astros in January, suspending Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch for the entire 2020 season while removing the organization of four draft picks and imposing a fine of $ 5 million. Luhnow and Hinch were fired by owner Jim Crane shortly after the league’s punishment was announced. Luhnow initially denied any wrongdoing in a statement in January.

Luhnow also told KPRC-TV that he met MLB commissioner Rob Manfred at the league’s New York offices after receiving a letter detailing the charges against him. Luhnow said he presented Manfred with a long binder containing emails, documents and testimony to counter the allegations. Luhnow also said he asked Manfred if he could be given a lie detection test.

“He refused my offer to take a polygraph test. I don’t know which part of the 150-page binder he read, but nothing made its way into the final report, so frankly he had made up his mind, “Luhnow said. “He was going to punish me. There was nowhere to go. He was going to punish AJ [Hinch], well, and AJ admitted he knew. ”

Luhnow added: “They found something that they believe is proof. This is not the case. I refuted it very quickly and completely, but it was enough to make them feel good about hanging me. “


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