Rose's argument points to the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal and Manfred's hesitance to punish active players for their participation in a scheme that nearly certainly changed the outcome of games.
Representatives for the all-time hits leader cited the recent sign-stealing scandal that engulfed numerous players and clubs, including the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros, in his argument to have the 1989 ruling lifted.
Major League Baseball did not punish any individual players for the scheme but did hand Houston a $5 million fine and the loss of first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.
Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for one season by Commissioner Rob Manfred, who found Houston illicitly used electronics to steal signs during their title run.
There is one problem, however, with Rose's entire line of argumentation: Stealing signs will never be looked at in the same fashion as gambling.
The process was later streamlined when former Astors bench coach Alex Cora began to call the replay review room to obtain the sign information. Hinch and Luhnow were then fired. "I'm absolutely convinced of that fact". He did not address whether Fiers was right to disclose the scheme to the media; many players have been critical of Fiers' actions. I'm sure there are clubhouse culture things that contribute to disconnect, but as Hinch admits: he knew it was happening and it happened on his watch.
"I wish I would have had an environment and a culture that was better for him to have come to me in real time and I wish I could have done better to maybe get that nudge that maybe I needed help, to get that nudge to make better leadership decisions, so I focus on that", Hinch said. During Houston's American League Championship Series victory over the New York Yankees last October, rumors of whistling from the Houston dugout to transmit intercepted signals prompted Hinch to address the concerns in a news conference, which he began by saying, "In reality, it's a joke". "Unfortunately, no one can really answer that question". "I was in a position of knowledge, and that's been mentioned. We may never know", Hinch adds. If a team can interpret what those signs mean, it can give them an advantage when their batter is at the plate.