Hacking scandal fallout: Cardinals hire former reliever Randy Flores as new scouting director

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Two months ago, in the wake of the Astros database hacking scandal, the Cardinals fired scouting director Chris Correa. Today they named a replacement, with Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reporting that the Cardinals have hired longtime big league reliever Randy Flores to take over the job.

Flores spent parts of eight seasons in the majors, including 2004-2008 with the Cardinals, throwing a total of 250 innings with a 4.61 ERA as a southpaw specialist. He last pitched in 2010 and is 40 years old.

Goold reports that Flores will officially begin the job on September 1 and “will oversee the Cardinals’ draft approach, from the scouting of players to the evaluation of players to the strategy behind the use of their bonus pool.”

Correa was fired in July after allegedly admitting to hacking into Houston’s database, although according to various reports he insisted it was done only to “verify” the Astros had stolen information from the Cardinals. Correa’s lawyer issued a statement saying he “denies any illegal conduct.”

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.