MLB Whiffed On Astros Sign-Stealing Scandal Jill R. Dorson, Sports Handle · January 17, 2020 at 12:22 pm Major League Baseball should strip the Houston Astros of their 2017 World Series title and force them to take down the flag. And the Boston Red Sox, too, if the league can produce proof — if it is willing to reveal evidence — that Alex Cora brought his sign-stealing scheme north when he signed on as manager in 2017. And they it should suspend every manager, coach, player, or employee who touched the trash can or even looked at the center-field video monitor. Why? Because for the last two years, Major League Baseball has been at the forefront of arguing that one of its key pillars is protecting the integrity of the game.