During an appearance on the "Today" show Thursday morning, Hank Aaron said that those involved in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal should be banned from baseball for the rest of their lives.
Aaron's comments came after the fallout that resulted from Major League Baseball's investigation, which found that the Astros stole signs using a camera before communicating it to the batter by banging a trash can.
The Hall of Famer said he was "surprised" when he heard the news, but acknowledged stealing signs was part of the game even during his career, which spanned from 1954 to 1976.
"They didn't steal them that way," Aaron said.
Houston manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Lunhow each received one-year suspensions before the Astros parted ways with both for their roles in the cheating scandal. The Boston Red Sox fired Alex Cora, who was the bench coach in Houston during the now-controversial 2017 season. And Carlos Beltran, who was named in the report for his role as a player, resigned from his post as New York Mets' manager before ever manning the bench in a game.
No active players faced any repercussions for their roles in the sign-stealing scheme.
Pete Rose is the most recognized individual to receive the fate Aaron suggested in his interview. Major League Baseball issued Rose a lifetime ban in 1989 for gambling on baseball during his playing career. On Wednesday, Rose cited the Astros' scandal while asking for reinstatement to the league, which would ultimately allow the league's all-time hits leader to potentially enter the Hall of Fame.
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