HOUSTON – Ever since he was hired as the general manager for the Houston Astros in 2011, Jeff Luhnow has had a profound impact on the organization’s success, highlighted by the team’s 2017 World Series title.
But that title has come under fire – and Luhnow, along with manager A.J. Hinch, were fired earlier this year after Major League Baseball issued one-season suspensions for each of them, for their roles in a sign-stealing scandal.
Luhnow is ready to tell his side of the story. He sat down with KPRC 2′s Vanessa Richardson to discuss the situation, in an interview that will air at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
From his beginnings to where he stands now, here are five things to know about Luhnow.
1.) He didn’t start out in baseball.
Luhnow earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in economics and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University. He then worked in the corporate world for five years before getting his start in baseball.
2.) He began in baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Despite the lack of MLB experience, Luhnow was hired in 2003 by the St. Louis Cardinals as vice president of baseball development. While with the Cardinals, Luhnow drafted 24 players who made it to the Major Leagues, and established an academy in the Dominican Republic.