• Brian L. Barefield

Catch 22 AJ Hinch and Jeff Lunhow will have suspensions lifted even if there is no 2020 MLB season

Former Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Lunhow, two key components in the Astros 2017 sign-stealing scandal were informed by Major League Baseball that their one-year suspensions will be fulfilled even if there is no season in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to ESPN's senior writer Buster Olney, the suspensions are tied to a complete baseball calendar year that concludes with the World Series and not a certain number of games. MLB officials are considering reducing the number of games this season if the current COVID-19 outbreak can be contained.

Both Hinch and Lunhow were fired by Astros owner Jim Crane in January for their part in the 2017 World Series title run that was later investigated by Major League Baseball after former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers reported that Houston used a center-field camera fixed on the catcher. Once the signs were decoded during the game using a monitor in the hallway between the dugout and clubhouse, members of the Astros staff would bang on a garbage can to relay incoming pitches to the hitter.

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