Evan Gattis, who won a World Series ring with the Houston Astros in 2017, said the team and its players “obviously cheated baseball and cheated fans” with the sign-stealing scandal that has rocked the sport.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were given one-year bans and subsequently fired in January following an investigation by Major League Baseball that confirmed the Astros had cheated by using a camera-based sign-stealing system during the regular season and playoffs of their World Series-winning 2017 season and during part of the 2018 regular season.

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The Astros also lost their first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and were fined $5 million. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in January that he would not strip the Astros of their World Series title.

Former Astros players Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran also lost their jobs as managers of the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, respectively.

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