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#pounditSunday, October 17, 2021

MLB GM wants Jeff Luhnow ‘banned for life’ if he knew of Astros’ sign-stealing

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It is becoming clear as their sign-stealing scandal unfolds that there is deep antipathy toward the Houston Astros within Major League Baseball.

That bitterness is particularly clear at the executive level. One anonymous general manager told Andy Martino of SNY that he would like to see Astros GM Jeff Luhnow kicked out of the game if it can be proven that he had knowledge of the Astros’ use of technology to steal signs.

“If Jeff Luhnow knew about this, he should be banned for life,” the general manager said.

Another team executive said he wanted to see the league throw the book at the Astros.

“How naive I was,” the executive told Martino. “I hope MLB buries the Astros.”

It’s understandable why this is. It’s not going to sit well with anyone in the sport if one team gained a major competitive advantage by cheating. It’s even worse knowing that that team won the World Series. The video evidence is really quite damning, and left a sour taste in many mouths. Given how blatant it seems to have been in retrospect and how long it lasted, there’s going to be a hunger to see some sort of severe punishment inflicted upon the Astros by the league.

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