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Dear MLB, It’s No Longer 1910

Two months after initial reporting in The Athletic that the Houston Astros used illegally placed cameras to steal signs during their 2017 season, the scandal is back in the headlines. The resulting MLB investigation led to the firing of three managers and one general manager, plus the loss of draft picks and a $5 million fine for the Astros. Players have taken to social media to express their frustration, and rumors of cheating schemes continue to swirl on the internet. On today’s show, the Hot Takedown team debates the ramifications of the scandal and how MLB must evolve its thinking around technology.

Our Rabbit Hole builds on Neil’s recent piece on the lack of diversity among NFL coaches.

What we’re looking at this week:

  • ESPN on how the internet cracked the sign-stealing scandal wide open.
  • On NBC News’s Think, Corbin Smith agrees with Sara that the scandal is overblown.
  • NPR’s interview with N. Jeremi Duru, an adviser to the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation, which advocates for minority representation in leadership roles throughout the NFL.

Grace Lynch is the former producer of Hot Takedown.

Sara Ziegler is the former sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Geoff Foster is the former sports editor of FiveThirtyEight.