Jeff Luhnow denies using old passwords, stealing Cardinals’ intellectual property


In the wake of Tuesday’s report that Cardinals employees accessed the Astros’ computer system without authorization, a couple of talking points have emerged:

(1) that the system was easily compromised because Luhnow re-used old passwords from his days with the Cardinals; and

(2) that the motivation of the Cardinals’ employees was their belief that Luhnow had taken Cardinals intellectual property with him when he went to Houston and they were just checking to see if that’s true.

The purpose of these talking points has been two-fold: either to make jokes about Luhnow’s password kung-fu and/or to somehow excuse the perpetrator’s hacking into the Astros’ system. Or, at the very least, to provide a non-espionage motivation for the alleged crime.

Time for some new talking points because over at Sports Illustrated Ben Reiter reports that neither was the case. At least according to Jeff Luhnow. A former technology executive, he flatly rejects the idea that he doesn’t appreciate and implement good password practices. He likewise denies any taking of Cardinals IP and notes that no one has ever before suggested that he has, formally or otherwise.

Contrary to what some “legal experts” and some Cardinals fans believe, neither the ease of access to the Astros’ system nor the existence of some IP-investigating motive have any real impact on the legalities of the situation. But it is interesting to hear Luhnow speak on this matter. Go check out Reiter’s exclusive report.

Cardinals sign pitcher Miles Mikolas to 3-year, $55.75M deal

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ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.

The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.

Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.

Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.

“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.