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Houston Astros owner Jim Crane speaks at a news conference in Houston, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.  Crane opened the news conference by saying manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired for the team's sign-stealing during its run to the 2017 World Series title. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Astros owner Crane expects to hire new manager by Feb. 3

Jan. 17, 2020 8:25 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane expects to hire a new manager by Feb. 3. The Astros need a new manager and general manager after AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday, hours after both were suspended by Major League Baseball for a year for the team's sign-stealing scandal. Crane said...

FILE - In this July 28, 2019, file photo, Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers works against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game, in Oakland, Calif. When future generations are documenting baseball history, Mike Fiers will surely be remembered as one of the game's most significant figures. Not necessarily for what he did on the field, though tossing a pair of no-hitters is certainly a worthy achievement.(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Column: MLB whistleblower deserves applause, not criticism

Jan. 17, 2020 4:17 PM EST

When future generations are documenting baseball history, Mike Fiers will surely be remembered as one of the game's most significant figures. Not necessarily for what he did on the field, though tossing a pair of no-hitters is certainly a worthy achievement. Let's just hope all his fellow players give him a big...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora waits for the start of Game 5 of the baseball World Series between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. Cora was fired by the Red Sox on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport's sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Analysis: Baseball has become a prisoner of technology

Jan. 17, 2020 12:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology unleashed baseball's Analytics Era, and now it's holding the sport prisoner. AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán are casualties, a triple play of hubris. At the cutting edge with the Houston Astros, now they have been cut. Their sign-stealing system exposed, all three...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros' George Springer hits a home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals in Houston.  Springer asked for a raise from $12.15 million to $22.5 million and was offered $17.5 million in the biggest gap. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Astros avoid arbitration with Springer amid scandal

Jan. 16, 2020 11:09 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer, the World Series MVP of the tainted 2017 Houston Astros, and the team settled on a $21 million, one-year contract Thursday. Springer had asked for $22.5 million in salary arbitration last week and the Astros offered $17.5 million, making the settlement $1 million over the...

FILE - In this May 29, 2009, file photo, USA softball player Jessica Mendoza poses for a photo in the ESPN broadcast booth at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. ESPN baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza tried to clarify her remarks about the Mike Fiers role in the sign-stealing scandal after criticizing Fiers earlier on a radio show. She said in a statement posted to Twitter that baseball will benefit from the sign stealing being uncovered and that appropriate action was taken. Mendoza's issue remains how it came forward.  (AP Photo/File)

ESPN's Mendoza: Fiers should have gone to MLB, not reporter

Jan. 16, 2020 7:07 PM EST

ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza says pitcher Mike Fiers should have gone to Major League Baseball before he told a journalist about his allegation the Houston Astros had been using a camera to steal signs. Mendoza, a New York Mets adviser in addition to her media job, said Thursday on ESPN's “Golic and...

Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza, center left, his wife Alicia, left, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon watch as newly named Piazza Dr., is unveiled during a ceremony in front of the Mets spring training facility, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Piazza: MLB mess 'unintended consequence' of game's new era

Jan. 16, 2020 6:32 PM EST

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — To Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza, the sign-stealing scandal that's enveloped Major League Baseball signals where the sport is these days. "Unfortunately, it's an unintended consequence of the digital age and all this information," Piazza said. Piazza was at the New York...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, new New York Mets manager, Carlos Beltran, center, poses for a picture with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, left, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon during a baseball news conference at Citi Field in New York. Beltran is out as manager of the Mets. The team announced the move Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New Mets manager Beltrán out amid sign-stealing scandal

Jan. 16, 2020 6:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán, called out on a curveball again. So for the second time since they last threw a pitch, the New York Mets are in the market for a new manager. Sign of the times. Beltrán's 2 1/2-month tenure as Mets manager ended Thursday before he spent a single game on the...

FILE - In this April 30, 2019, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts smiles as he crosses home plate on his solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Aaron Brooks in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. Betts and the Red Sox agreed Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, to a $27 million contract, the largest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Red Sox: Cora departure won't force a Mookie Betts trade

Jan. 16, 2020 4:51 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox say the turmoil in the manager's office isn't a reason to give up on this season and trade outfielder Mookie Betts. “The goal remains to be competitive always,” Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said this week after Alex Cora was ousted, leaving the Red Sox...

Carlos Beltrán out as New York Mets manager amid fallout from Astros' sign-stealing scandal

Jan. 16, 2020 1:28 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán out as New York Mets manager amid fallout from Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
FILE - In this October 1952 file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers' Carl Erskine pitches against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the baseball World Series in New York. Up by 13 1/2 games in mid-August in 1951, Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers seemed destined. That was until rookie Willie Mays and the New York Giants came flying back, fueled by an incredible, late run in home games at the Polo Grounds, and forced a best-of-three playoff for the National League pennant. Erskine was warming up in the Brooklyn bullpen in Game 3 when Bobby Thomson connected for the famed

Stolen away: Brooklyn pitcher recalls '51 sign-stealing scam

Jan. 16, 2020 2:21 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stealing signals. Banging on a trash can. Beating the Dodgers in October. Sounds very familiar to Carl Erskine. "If they're going to go back to 2017 with penalties for the Astros," he said Wednesday, "then I want them to go all the way back to 1951 to help us." The old Brooklyn pitcher was...