The punishment Major League Baseball handed down Monday against the Houston Astros for stealing signs throughout the 2017 postseason was one of the toughest on record. And yet it still feels as if the league whiffed.

We don’t write this because Los Angeles is home to the Dodgers, who lost to the rules-flouting Astros in a seven-game World Series. We write this because the league’s punishment fell mainly on team manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, who played little if any role in the cheating.

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