Pete Rose asks for Major League Baseball reinstatement following Astros scandal

Sunday, 09 Feb, 2020

While Manfred suspended Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one year after an investigation into sign stealing - they subsequently were fired - the players involved weren't suspended.

The program was used by someone watching a game on video who noted what sign the catcher put down, followed by the pitch that was thrown. Sign-stealers. A team undeserving of the only World Series championship it has won. This allowed the user to determine which pitch corresponded to which sign, and that information could be relayed to an intermediary, then to an Astros baserunner, who passed it on to a hitter.

Astros players had been granted immunity in exchange for truthful testimonies. "And the commissioner's office did as thorough an investigation as anyone could imagine was possible".

The former intern, Derek Vigoa, now works as the Astros' senior manager of team operations.

Social media erupted with theories that Houston players used buzzers taped to their bodies in 2019.

The biggest change for last year's team, which lost the World Series to the Nationals in seven games, is the departure of ace Gerrit Cole, who signed a blockbuster deal with the Yankees and left a huge hole in the rotation.

This system was used during the 2017 season and part of 2018, and was used in both home and away games. It is prohibited, however, to use electronic equipment to help steal signs. That question may never be answered, we may never know.

Per emails seen by Major League Baseball investigators, the Astros staffers involved in the scheme referred to their sign-stealing as 'dark arts'. The full interview will air Friday.

Rose also referenced Manfred's decision on January 13 to suspend Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one season for their role in the Astros' use of electronics to steal catchers' signs in 2017 and 2018 but to not discipline players. Hinch admitted he swung a baseball bat at the monitor. "And what I dislike, and I'm relying on him quite a bit", Baker said. 'In hindsight I would have a meeting. Your pillars of what you believe in. Leadership is also about what you tolerate. And that outburst. I wanted to let people know that I didn't like it.

I have no idea why so much of this was omitted from MLB's report.

"I should have had a more forceful interaction at the appropriate time, which would have been right when I found out".

I would still be so very pissed if I were a player on another team.

The Astros hired Hinch in 2015.