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Former Astros CEO Jeff Luhnow Has a Surprising New Business

October 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow before Game 1 of the 2017 ALCS baseball playoff series against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is back in the sports world, but not in the United States.

Luhnow heads an investment group that has completed the purchase of Spanish football club Leganes. The disgraced ex-GM even appeared in Spain at a press conference to talk about the acquisition, as reported by the club’s Twitter account.

American businessmen have been investing more frequently in European football in recent years, but Luhnow isn’t exactly a name anyone saw coming. It’s unclear how active Luhnow intends to be in the day-to-day running of the club.

Luhnow was praised for his work as general manager of Astros, as his analytical approach helped turn the team into contenders. He was eventually fired for the team’s sign-stealing scandal in 2017 and served a full one-year suspension handed down by MLB. He hasn’t worked in baseball since, although his name briefly appeared in connection with a job at GM late last year.