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After months of the story being put on the back burner, the Cardinals hacking scandal is back in the news. If you've forgotten, the entire saga started way back in the summer of 2015. At that time, the FBI found evidence that St. Louis’ Director of Scouting Chris Correa had hacked into the Astros’ enormous scouting database. The government didn’t waste too much time handing out its punishment, as Correa is currently serving a 46-month prison sentence. However, we’ve been waiting all this time for Major League Baseball to hand down its punishment for the Cardinals organization, and still nothing has come.
It appears that this may be changing very soon.
On Saturday, a federal judge unsealed some documents pertaining to the case, making some of the details of the scandal available for everyone to see. Some of the information is striking. For one, it shows that Correa repeatedly hacked into the system, using access from many different figures in Houston’s organization. He used everyone from the GM, to analysts in the organization, to minor league players. He even attempted to use passwords for the manager and pitching coach. On top of that, he had access to the email of Houston’s director of science, giving Correa the ability to know what groundbreaking research the Astros could be working on.
As far as what he used the information for, it seems that Correa mostly utilized the database leading up to and during the draft, the trade deadline, and the Winter Meetings. Throughout the 2013 draft, the Cardinals executive referenced Houston’s notes. In fact, he checked on the Astros’ page for Marco Gonzales, who St. Louis ended up drafting in the first round. The judge also concluded that it must have been Correa who leaked all of the Astros’ trade information to Deadspin back in 2014. It’s unclear what MLB will lay down for a punishment, but something has to happen soon. As the judge says, even if Correa was working alone, the Cardinals still benefitted from all of his wrongdoings.
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