AJ Hinch on whether Astros' 2017 title is 'tainted'

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"Rose and his lawyers argue that Manfred has recently opted not to punish players guilty of major game-changing rules infractions and, as a result, should end Rose's 30½-year ban for gambling on baseball while he was manager of the Cincinnati Reds".

Rose also referenced Manfred's decision on January 13 to suspend Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one season for their role in the Astros' use of electronics to steal catchers' signs in 2017 and 2018 but to not discipline players. I put out a statement [after being suspended by Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and fired by Astros owner Jim Crane] to apologize.

Rose's lifetime ban rendered him ineligible for entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame despite his status as MLB's all-time hits leader.

A November article in The Athletic sparked the MLB's investigation into the Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

Rose is also requesting a sit-down with Manfred to discuss the situation.

Hinch's bench coach at the time, Alex Cora, was one of the architects of the operation, arranging for a secret and illicit video camera to be placed in center field and helping players come up with how to communicate with hitters. The league found management to blame for a system used by the team to steal pitch signs from opposing catchers during the 2017 season. "Rose's misconduct was meant to gain a competitive advantage over other teams", stated the petition, which was first reported by ESPN. Sign stealing is as old as Major League Baseball itself. Hinch said. "When I look back at all the different things I've had to do through the course of my career, playing, managing, front office, so many crisis or big moments that feel like it's the moment for leadership, I feel good about them".

"I felt responsible from the beginning, so I knew there was going to be punishment", Hinch said. The issue is also complicated by the fact that Major League baseball has, over the a year ago, leaped into the world of gambling.

"We have the right to discipline players right now".

Pete Rose wants another chance. It was Giamatti's decision to ban Rose for life in 1989. It would dishonor Giamatti to do otherwise. This is a league that loves the fruits of cheating on Saturday night, and then seems to grow a conscience on Sunday morning.

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