According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, sources have indicated that they will get credit for serving their one-year suspensions even if the 2020 season doesn’t happen.

Shortly after MLB announced their suspensions, Hinch and Luhnow were fired by the Astros.

If Olney’s report is accurate, it means Hinch and Luhnow would be free to join teams and participate in the 2021 MLB season no matter what happens in 2020.

Major League Baseball determined through an investigation that Houston used illegal means, including using a camera, to steal signs during the 2017 season en route to winning the first World Series title in franchise history.

After Hinch and Luhnow were fired, the Astros replaced them with Dusty Baker and James Click, respectively.

It is unclear if or when the 2020 season will commence, but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred acknowledged recently that it is unlikely a full 162-game season will be able to be played in 2020 since there is still no start date in place.

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