Houston Astros Punishment for Sign Stealing Signals Seriousness of Compliance

Major League Baseball handed down its long-awaited penalties against the Houston Astros on Monday for the team’s use of technology to steal signs during at-bats.

Both general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were suspended by the league for one year, only to be fired from the team later in the afternoon. The league also fined the Astros $5 million and revoked their first- and second-round draft picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts.

The severity of the punishment may have caught some by surprise, but Dallas attorney Rogge Dunn of the Rogge Dunn Group said it indicates how ethical lapses are viewed by corporate America.

“It may be ‘sport’ to most of us, but MLB is not that different from Fortune 500 companies when it comes to corporate governance,” said Mr. Dunn. “It is a new world out there. It’s not a case of ‘if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying’ anymore. The league must show it is serious about ensuring transparency and member teams’ compliance with ethical rules.”

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