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Sunday, October 16, 2022

Jeff Luhnow’s Next Act: Soccer

Thirty-three months after being fired amid the Astros’ cheating scandal, Luhnow is the last man in exile. Manager A.J. Hinch—who has admitted that he knew what his players were doing—was introduced as the Tigers’ skipper some 72 hours after his suspension expired in October 2020. Bench coach Alex Cora—who helped direct the scheme—was rehired on a similar time line to manage the Red Sox. DH Carlos Beltrán—the only player named in the commissioner’s report—now broadcasts games for the Yankees, one of the teams most incensed by the whole thing. But since Luhnow became eligible to return to MLB, seven clubs have fired their top baseball official, and none have hired the man who dragged the Astros from disaster to dynasty.

There are reasons for this. The others apologized. Luhnow still says he didn’t do anything wrong. The others are baseball lifers. Luhnow is a businessman. He remains a divisive figure, brimming with contradictions.

From the perspective of Luhnow’s detractors, he was a cutthroat, cold-blooded McKinsey analyst who smugly sucked the soul out of the game. He got caught cheating, he was too arrogant to admit it, and he took his ball and traded it for another ball.

From Luhnow’s perspective, he was an outsider who understood how to run a baseball team better than most of the people running baseball teams. He won’t apologize because he has nothing to apologize for, and he is now working in soccer because he never really envisioned a career in baseball anyway.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 16, 2022 at 06:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The Athletic: Inside MLB’s Astros cheating investigation: GM Jeff Luhnow deleted phone data [$]

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While the exact message Luhnow told Firkus to deliver, and the message delivered, remain unknown, in the end, MLB believes it found only one person who had deleted material off their phone after the time when the league had instructed Astros to preserve their phones, a person with knowledge of the investigation said: Luhnow himself.

In a letter dated Jan. 2, 2020, Manfred outlined evidence the league had compiled against Luhnow. Many, but not all of the specific allegations included in the letter, were first published in the Wall Street Journal. Luhnow’s phone deletion was not among those previously published.

“Your credibility is further impacted by the fact that you permanently deleted information from your phone and its backups in anticipation that my investigators would seek to search your phone,” Manfred wrote to Luhnow. “You did not tell my investigators that you had done this until they confronted you about it in your second interview. While you explained that you were simply deleting sensitive personal photographs, I have no way to confirm that you did not delete incriminating evidence.”

According to people with knowledge of the league’s investigation, the GM of the Astros had wiped every back-up from his phone, besides one, and other data was missing as well.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2022 at 09:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
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