Back in 2019, news broke that in 2017, the Houston Astros illegally used technology to steal signs en route to their first ever World Series title.
Months later, the Astros were punished by losing several draft picks.
A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were both ultimately suspended by Major League Baseball and subsequently fired by Astros owner Jim Crane.
However, Commissioner Rob Manfred ultimately chose to grant immunity to the players.
This decision was met with much frustration from players and fans alike.
Years later, Manfred wishes he would have thought twice before granting immunity to the players.
The Athletic tweeted what Manfred had to say about his decision.
Nearly four years later, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred thinks that perhaps he should have tried to suspend Houston Astros players after all.
The commissioner said he would like a do-over on “some of the decisions surrounding the Houston situation." https://t.co/JuTm3ZbF80
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) June 22, 2023
To this day, there are fans and players who want the 2017 World Series title to be taken from the Astros.
That never took place.
However, adding to fans’ frustration was the fact that none of the players from the 2017 Astros team were ever punished by Major League Baseball for their role in the scandal.
Years later, Manfred seems to have regrets over not doing that and is wishing he could have done things differently.
Most fans share the same sentiment.
Ultimately, Manfred’s decision is likely final.
But that doesn’t mean he isn’t regretting that decision.
Manfred’s tenure as commissioner has been a controversial one.
Manfred also seemingly went light on the St. Louis Cardinals after one of their former employees had hacked into the Astros systems in 2014, only taking away a few draft picks.
But the longtime commissioner appears to be having second thoughts about granting the Astros players immunity after the scandal.NEXT: Astros Release A New Lance McCullers Jr. Injury Update