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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Astros stand by employees linked to codebreaking computer program

Jim Crane Astros

It sounds like the Houston Astros employees who were associated with the codebreaking computer program the team allegedly used in 2017 and 2018 won’t face any consequences for their actions.

Houston Astros general manager James Click confirmed Sunday that the employees tied to the organization’s “Codebreaker” program are still with the organization, but will be subject to a “zero tolerance” policy going forward.

That doesn’t fix anything at all. Numerous employees reportedly had a role in creating and using the program, which determined the signs being used by opposing teams and allowed them to be relayed to players during games. Its use permeated the scouting department, and one of the team’s front office employees, Tom Koch-Weser, alluded to it in private emails to former GM Jeff Luhnow. Koch-Weser will apparently be keeping his job, which doesn’t send much of a message about accountability at all.

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