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.