Owner Jim Crane made the move and said the team was instantly ready to move on with "a clean slate." He did also admit that "neither one of them started this, but neither one of them did anything about it." Despite this news, Crane does not believe their 2017 World Series win is tainted, as the league did not officially strip the team of the crown. This news comes after Hinch called any allegations of his team doing that "a joke."
The draft picks that were lost was first and second round selections in the 2021 draft, as they also received a record $5 million fine. What is interesting is that the Boston Red Sox are being investigated for the same thing during their 2018 World Series season, which was led by first-year manager Alex Cora. The former Red Sox player, Cora, was also on the Astros' coaching staff as a the bench coach in 2017. There is not yet any direct evidence of Cora doing anything while with Houston to cause this mess. Although, he is expected to get hit just as hard once the investigation ends for the Red Sox.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred admitted that the sign-stealing was "player-driven," which includes New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran, but the coaching staff was well aware of this and no players were punished. Manfred called punishing individual players "impractical," with them playing for numerous other teams, which means Beltran could be safe. He and the Mets declined to comment on the situation. Hinch and Luhnow apologized and accepted the punishments, but did also insist that they were not "cheaters." What they are now is unemployed, and there is no official timetable for their replacements to be named, but the reputation of that entire roster has been damaged in a crucial way to begin the new decade.