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.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”