Major League Baseball Botched the Cardinals Hacking Case in a Huge Way
I have done a disservice to you, the readers.
Heading into 2017, I posted a series entitled “The Top 10 Under-Covered Stories of 2016,” (which you should definitely read if you have not already) and nowhere on that list did I mention the Cardinals/Astros hacking scandal. Perhaps that’s because it actually got a solid chunk of coverage when the story broke, but now that Major League Baseball has announced its punishment for the Cardinals, the story must be revisited.
I highly recommend that you do as much reading about the case as possible, because there is no way that I will be able to adequately summarize the overwhelming amount of details involved in the Cardinals’ hacking of the Astros’ system, but I’m going to give it a try.
Chris Correa, the former director of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals, reportedly gained unauthorized access to the Houston Astros’ online system, Ground Control, in 2013 and 2014. He stole a plethora of information, such as trade targets, proposals, and prospect rankings and evaluations on draft days. You can read a brief summary of some of the leaked information here. At the time of the leak, it was not known that the Cardinals were behind the hacking, but in 2015, the Cardinals came under fire by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for allegedly perpetrating the hack and leaking the documents. Those allegations ended up being true; Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison, forced to pay a fine of roughly $300K, and handed a lifetime ban from baseball.
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