Breaking: Cardinals fire their scouting director, likely due to the Astros hacking scandal

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It’s been a quiet couple of weeks since the Cardinals-Astros hacking scandal came to light. Now, it appears, we have some news. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have fired scouting director Chris Correa, after an “imposed leave of absence.”

The source tells the Post-Dispatch that Correa has admitted to hacking into the Astros system but “said it was only to verify that the Astros had stolen proprietary data,” and that he had not leaked any information found nor had he accessed the system subsequently. The FBI is investigating multiple unlawful entries to the Astros system by a Cardinals employee or employees. The Post-Dispatch has some background information on Correa, including the fact that he was originally hired by Jeff Luhnow and remained with the Cardinals after Luhnow went to Houston.

When the hacking story first broke, it was suggested by some that the culprits were likely low-level employees — some suggested it was interns — who may have just been pranksters. Scouting director is not a low-level position, however, and one now must wonder if this changes the way Major League Baseball will consider the matter once the criminal investigation is over and the matter of discipline of the Cardinals, if any, is broached.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.