Hinch, Luhnow bans served in 2020 even if season is canceled

Ross Houston
April 5, 2020

"Everybody wants to be the best player in the (expletive) world, man, and we cheated that, for sure".

"I'm not asking for sympathy or anything like that", Gattis said. Part of the punishment is being hated by everybody forever. "And I don't know what should have been done, but something had to be (expletive) done". I do agree with that, big-time.

Just like any other sporting event in the world, the big cancel has not only postponed the start of baseball season, but has left us wondering whether or not there will even be an MLB season this year. And I understand that it is not good enough to ask for forgiveness.

No Astros player was punished and the team was not stripped of their World Series title.

MLB said that further violations by Hinch and Luhnow would result in a spot on the league's permanently ineligible list.

The Astros also lost their first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and were fined $5 million.

Gattis said players weren't under any pressure from Beltran or any other players to participate in the sign-stealing scheme. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in January that he would not strip the Astros of their World Series title.

Gattis, 33, retired after the 2018 season. The storm was already brewing for them even in spring training as fans were banging on trash cans and letting last year's Astros players hear their disappointment in the stunt they pulled to cheat their way through the season.

"I don't think I can win the hearts over of anyone right now at all, or maybe ever", Gattis said. But I really don't know to this day, and I've thought about it a shit ton, know what I mean?

Gattis also said that he hadn't commented on the situation sooner because he felt it wasn't his place to do so. And that's the bad of it, too, that's where people got hurt. And that's not right. "That is not to play the sport the right way".

Several current and former Astros players have apologized for their roles in the scheme since the conclusion of the investigation. Had Manfred suspended Luhnow and Hinch for a specific number of games, their suspensions would not have begun until games were played.

"It got out of [expletive] control", Gattis said of the Astors' cheating in 2017. It was nearly like paranoia warfare or something. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy we won the World Series. But once all that fades, it now is something different.

It's interesting to see a player recognize what he cheated the fans out of. You can't feel that good about it.

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