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The Cardinals hacking scandal is back

Saturday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the next chapter of the Cardinals' hacking scandal, Drew Storen finally finding his way out of Washington and the Giants getting set for another even-year run.

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Remember that little story a few months ago in which a Cardinals employee hacked into the Astros’ ground control system, which holds all of their scouting information? You know the one. It was allegedly perpetrated by former St. Louis scouting director Chris Correa, who would eventually lose his position with the team. According to Correa, he was just trying to figure out if Jeff Luhnow -- the former Cardinals employee turned Astros general manager -- had any Cardinals information in the Houston information center.

For such an absurd story, it surprisingly disappeared for quite some time, but now it’s back in the headlines yet again. On Friday, Correa was formally indicted. As it turns out, hacking into a rival company’s information is frowned upon in this country. With this latest turn of events, the public has learned a whole lot more about what actually went down. Correa got into a ton of information here, accessing an enormous amount of scouting reports for draft prospects, and even getting into Houston’s trade notes prior to the July 31 deadline.

With all of this damning evidence against him, the former scouting director of the best organization in the game will plead guilty. Now, fans around the game have to be wondering what’s next in this whole saga? At some point, Major League Baseball will investigate what really happened here, and whether Correa was truly working on his own. As for the man himself, he will surely be punished by the US government for this. Although he’s almost certainly not going to get the maximum five-year prison sentence, he also probably isn’t walking away with a slap on the wrist.

As for the Cardinals, even if Correa was working alone, I would imagine there will be some punishment from the league. The last thing Rob Manfred wants is a perception that MLB didn’t do anything about this. It’s still a developing story, and it will be fascinating to see what’s next.