Astros manager, GM suspended, team fined for cheating during 2017 championship season: reports The Houston Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after Major League Baseball levied a one-year suspension on both men for their roles in the sign-stealing scandal, team owner Jim Crane announced Monday. "I felt with what came out in the report they both had responsibilities," Crane said. "Neither one of them started this but neither one of them did anything about it." As part of the punishment, Houston also loses its first- and second-round draft picks for the 2020 and 2021 drafts and will be fined $5 million, according to The Athletic. Former Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman will be placed on baseball’s ineligible list.