UPDATE: Astros Fire Luhnow and Hinch Following Suspensions
Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow have been fired.
The MLB team announced the move on Monday after the pair were suspended by the league for the team's sign-stealing during Houston's run to the 2017 World Series title and during the 2018 season.
Luhnow and Hinch were each been suspended without pay for the 2020 season and Houston also forfeits its first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 MLB Drafts as part of the penalties. In addition, the Astros were fined $5 million, which is the highest allowable fine under the Major League Constitution.
As part of the suspension, Luhnow and Hinch will not be allowed in any Major League, Minor League or Spring Training facilities including stadiums, and they may not travel with or on behalf of the Astros.
In addition, former Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman, who was dismissed by the club in October after he made offensive and insensitive comments directed at a group of female reporters at the conclusion of the American League Championship Series, has been suspended for one year.
Taubman, who is currently not employed by a Major League club, will not be able to work in baseball during that time.
ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, then the Astros' bench coach, is also expected to be disciplined severely in the coming days.
— with files from TSN