The latest N.L. voting update from the 2015 Nihilist All-Star Game.
If the Cardinals are so good at hacking, why did Buster Posey just pass Yadier Molina in the voting? And given that former Royal Nori Aoki has passed Giancarlo Stanton in the thing, maybe we should be looking at either Royals fans for hacking or, perhaps, Giants fans.
Anyway, here are the results. If you need me I’ll be laughing myself to death reading tweets from Cardinals fans explaining away the investigation of their alleged corporate espionage as a function of everyone else’s jealousy about how great and successful they are.
Breaking: The FBI is investigating the Cardinals for hacking into the Astros’ computer system
You’ll recall that last year someone hacked into the Astros’ “Ground Control” database, which is the internal communication and evaluation system. Among the stolen data — which was subsequently posted online — were internal discussions about a possible trade for Giancarlo Stanton last year, the leadup to the Bud Norris trade and discussions between the Astros and Yankees in which the Yankees offered Ichiro Suzuki to Houston for cash. Not the sort of stuff a team wants public.
Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law enforcement officials . . . The officials did not say which employees were the focus of the investigation or whether the team’s highest-ranking officials were aware of the hacking or authorized it. The investigation is being led by the F.B.I.’s Houston field office and has progressed to the point that subpoenas have been served on the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for electronic correspondence.
The Times reports that the impetus for this was both (a) concern that former Cards executive Jeff Luhnow took proprietary information with him when he left for Houston to become the Astros’ GM; and (b) lingering resentment over Lunhow’s tenure with the Cardinals, where he was reported to have been a polarizing figure. It was not a sophisticated hack, the Times reports. Rather, Cards employees referred to a master password list Luhnow used when with St. Louis, which used a similar computer system.
Teams scout each other. Teams hire former members of other organizations. Intelligence is probably a pretty underreported part of what goes on inside baseball. But hacking someone else’s computer system is illegal and way, way beyond anything we’ve seen in baseball before. Maybe beyond anything we’ve seen in professional sports. As the Times report says, this is nothing short of corporate espionage for which people may be arrested and prosecuted.
If this was some rogue in the lower level of the analytics department it may be one relatively small thing. If this went higher than that and was something people in Cardinals management knew about, it could be one of the biggest scandals baseball has ever seen.
UPDATE: Major League Baseball has issued a statement:
“Major League Baseball has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database. Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.”
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton struck out in all four of his at-bats against Rockies left-hander Chris Rusin last Saturday, but he got the best of him with this absolute laser beam in the bottom of the first inning tonight:
Stanton is now up to 22 home runs on the year, which leads the majors. He has gone deep seven times in his last nine games.
You might have noticed that Stanton hits baseballs unusually hard. According to Daren Wilman of Baseball Savant, that opinion checks out:
Stanton with another HR… 115 mph off the bat. That makes 13 balls hit 115 MPH+. Next closest player has 3. Yikes.
It’s time for MLB’s weekly All-Star game voting update.
Yesterday we learned that seven Royals were the AL’s leading vote-getters at their respective positions. There’s nothing quite that noteworthy on the NL side, but Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continues to lead in votes with 3.7 million, followed by Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter with 3.1 million.
Here’s what the NL’s starting lineup would like based on current voting:
Catcher – Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First base – Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
Second base – Dee Gordon, Marlins
Third base – Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
Shortstop – Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals
Outfield – Bryce Harper, Nationals
Outfield – Matt Holliday, Cardinals
Outfield – Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
Kolten Wong is only 100,000 votes behind Gordon at second base, which would give the Cardinals five of the eight starters. Of course, Buster Posey of the Giants is only 5,000 behind Molina at catcher.