On Monday we saw Major League Baseball severely punish the Houston Astros front-office for the team using video technology to steal sign sequences. The Royals released their list of non-roster Spring Training invitees. We also got an update on Devon Dotson.
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Devon Dotson will play at Oklahoma on Tuesday. He suffered a hip pointer in the game against Baylor on Saturday. It’s a pain management issue at this point according to Bill Self.
There was an update Tuesday afternoon by Matt Tait of kusports.com that Devon Dotson will not play tonight at Oklahoma. He is apparently having too much pain from the hip pointer.
ROYALS RELEASE SPRING TRAINING NON-ROSTER INVITATIONS
The Royals on Monday announced the non-roster players they have invited to Spring Training. Seven of the team’s top ten prospects according to MLB Pipeline were invited. The pitchers include #2 Brady Singer, #3 Daniel Lynch, #5 Jackson Kowar, and #6 Kris Bubic. Former St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was also invited and will likely make the bullpen unless he has a terrible spring.
ASTROS PUNISHED FOR CHEATING
Major League Baseball handed down its punishment to the Houston Astros on Monday after conducting an investigation into their use of cameras to steal signs and relay pitches to batters. The punishment consisted of:
- GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were suspended for the 2020 season
- The club lost its first and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021
- The club was fined $5 million
Former assistant GM Brandon Taubman was placed on the ineligible list for the 2020 season and may apply for reinstatement after the season.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was a coach with the Astros at the time of the cheating will receive his punishment after the investigation into the Red Sox cheating has been completed. Reports say that Cora will be severely punished which makes you think that he’s looking at a year suspension at least and maybe more.
After MLB announced the punishment, Astros owner Jim Crane fired GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch. Crane amusingly said that he doesn’t believe that stealing signs helped the club.
Commissioner Rob Manfred decided to not punish any players even though they, along with coach Alex Cora, were responsible for setting up the system for cheating.
WHAT TO WATCH
All three local colleges are in action at the same time Tuesday night. Kansas State starts at 7 pm followed by Kansas and Missouri each starting at 8 pm. Kansas at Oklahoma on ESPN is the top game on my list. Which game are you most interested in watching?
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