There are secondary figures. Manfred made it very apparent that the scandal started with the players, who aren't being punished.

The "Astros are not sorry enough" pieces that have ensued could have been written Wednesday night because there was no way the press conference was going to unfold in any way other than the way it did.

As we'll get to below, one suit has already been filed. UPDATE: Alex Cora out as Red Sox manager. If Hinch is found to engage in any future material violations of the Major League Rules, he will be placed on the permanently ineligible list. Vigoa supposedly developed the Excel-based algorithm used to decode catcher signals. Koch-Weser, who was in charge of providing advance information to the baseball operations staff, referred to this aspect of his efforts as "Dark Arts" and even had a tab in an Excel file that was circulated called just that. Now that Major League Baseball has dropped a hammer on the Astros for sign stealing in the 2017 and 2018 … Sign stealing in baseball is nothing new. Every team certainly steals signs, as teams always have. There are many who feel like this issue has been blown a bit out of proportion already.

Former big-league pitcher Mike Bolsinger filed suit in California. Hinch and the team’s general manager, Jeff Luhnow, were fired after the Astros’ sign-stealing came to light. (And many others who feel like it hasn't been harped on enough because two World Series winners were involved.)

Let's say you were an opposing team's manager and you were trying to help your players hit the baseball — a very hard task. Given his complicity with both clubs, Cora might receive an even longer suspension. However, it doesn't help Bolsinger's case that, AJ Hinch sits down with MLB Network's Tom Verducci to discuss the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, the banging of the trash cans in the dugout and the speculation that players were wearing buzzers in 2019.Yes.

He's respected in the game and will be a heck of managerial free agent. This is exactly how you tell an entire sport to knock it off. Nothing. The teams involved will pay stiff penalties, and that will hit owners in their most tender spots -- their wallets (in the form of fines) and their egos (with lost draft picks impacting their ability to compete). So there are two takeaways from the debacle: 1. Doug Glanville argues that the Astros' response on Thursday to the sign-stealing scandal wasn't enough and begs the question on how much they will actually reveal.

There is in-between cheating. They needed to get a runner to second base to see the sequences and signal them to whoever was at the plate. There are either drugs in your urine or there aren't. The obvious solution is to find secure, reliable technology that would allow pitchers and catchers to communicate with each other. Still, the focus has to be on creating barriers against this becoming an ongoing toothache for the game, because if history tells us anything about those who work in baseball, it's that they will never stop looking for an edge. Spitballing, for instance. Whether or not this sign-stealing played into Thomson hitting his legendary home run is a moot issue at this point, and this story only adds to the mystique of one of baseball…

There is really no way the Astros can compensate in the apology realm.

MLB's statement laid out exactly this: "A.J. However, MLB tried to draw distinct lines with policies it has written over the past couple of years, and the alleged behavior of the Astros and Red Sox would certainly cross those lines. Not now, when the public square can only be found on social media. In baseball, sign stealing is the observing and relaying, through legal and illegal methods, of the signs being given by the opposing catcher to the pitcher or a coach to a base runner.

Pitchers and catchers need to plan what the pitcher is going to throw, so they give each other little hand signals to determine each pitch.

Obviously if Bloom felt that Roenicke was going to be reprimanded after the investigation is complete, he probably wouldn't have given him the job. Baseball is an idiotically difficult game. However, it would be surprising or even shocking to find out that the problem was limited to a small minority of teams.That's where things get complicated. Even if there is genuine remorse to be found in the Astros' clubhouse, we were not going to find it on Thursday. It also wouldn't be fair to import a new manager with no connections to the 2018 team when the fallout of the investigation, if any, remains unknown.

The problem is that cheating runs on such a wide-ranging continuum whereas PED use is extraordinarily binary.

Cheating is as integral to baseball as sunflower seeds and This chapter in turn generated some concern for the health and well-being of players and the young athletes who model their behavior after them, as well as an existential worry that the major league record books were Sign stealing, however, does no one bodily harm.