The report says former Astros bench coach and current Red Sox manager Alex Cora was the mastermind behind all the cheating.
According the report, Cora invented the system … and while he hasn’t been punished yet, it’s clear a MASSIVE suspension is coming for the Boston manager.
The report states Hinch WAS aware of the cheating — and told investigators he believed it was “wrong and distracting” … but didn’t directly tell the players directly to stop.
Manfred said in the report it was clear to him most, if not all, Astros players participated or received benefits from the scheme in some way … but he said individual players will NOT be punished.
“Assessing discipline of players for this type of conduct is both difficult and impractical,” Manfred said. “I am not in a position based on the investigative record to determine with any degree of certainty every player who should be held accountable, or their relative degree of culpability.”